This weekend, the world will be celebrating the International Day of Sign Languages. The date picked for this day, September 23rd, actually marks the day the World Federation of the Deaf was established in 1951.
There's been a lot of progress since 1951, and for example it's now possible to contact O2 using British Sign Language through SignVideo, a free and easy service. You can find out more about how it works in our helpful Community Guide here, and if you've used this before we'd love to hear about your experience!
I never realised how many different types of sign languages are out there, but I wish I took the time to learn one in the past years. Even though I have not got around to it yet, this is something I would definitely be interested in learning going forward.
Do you guys know any sign language? Have you tried learning one, or do you want to?
It'll be great to hear more from you on this!
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I can sign in Makaton
I did a course a few years ago and learnt the basics. I can still sign the pleasantries, colours, the alphabet and a few other bits.. all taught by a woman who was deaf from birth. None of us were allowed to talk in class (we failed miserably) but it was such good fun.
ill always remember ‘please to the knees’ ‘Thank You’ and ‘please’ are the same but ‘please’ is a bigger movement (to the knees)
Many years ago I did learn some of the basics to deal with profoundly deaf patients...but with medical terminology it was difficult. We had a group of dedicated signing experts within the hospital environment so we could always call on them.
I also found it more convenient to draw and write on a pad when describing the operation the patient had.
Obviously relatives played a major part in any discussions..
Veritas Numquam Perit
I tried a British Sign Language course at our local Hearing Centre. It proved difficult plus hubby couldnt learn either.So Im now learning lip reading (speech reading) instead.
However each year the Centre does BSL Christmas songs for funds or for entertainment in local Homes. Coool . And a lot of fun all round.