NEWS FOR MAY 2009

Two More Qualifications on Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF)

Added 15 May 2009

We can now confirm that the remaining two qualifications: Signature Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication and Signature Level 2 Award in Irish Sign Language have been accredited and are now on the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF) for first teaching from September 2009.

Training Events for 2009-10 Now Available

Added 14 May 2009

Training events for September 2009 to July 2010 are now available on our website under the Teachers and Assessors section. Our courses offer opportunities for teachers and assessors to develop skills and knowledge in their area. If you book a place on one of our events eight weeks before the course date, you will receive a discount. The training programme has more information on Early Bird prices.

Access To Teacher Training for Deaf Teachers

Added 13 May 2009

Deaf Access in Derby College are considering running a PTLLS course for Deaf people, starting this September. To find out the interest in the course there is an information session on Tuesday 19 May 2009 at Derby College.

NHS Make Swine Flu Information Available in BSL

Added 12 May 2009

NHS Scotland has produced BSL content on the NHS 24 website to support its information on Swine Flu. Not only has the NHS made important information more accessible but they have also made the videos freely available for use on other websites in the deaf community.

Deaflympics Charity Dinner and Auction

Added 06 May 2009

Rebecca Foster, coach and assistant team manager at the forthcoming Deaflympics in Taipei in August, is organising a charity dinner and auction in a bid to raise £3,000. The evening will take place on 12 June 2009 at Outwood Grange College in the Conference Theatre at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children or students. All ticket sales and auction amounts will go directly to the Deaflympics.

Deaf Awareness Week Event From Co.Deaf

Added 05 May 2009

Co.Deaf will be running a free deaf event at County Hall Durham on the 8 May for Deaf Awareness Week. There will be equipment and information stalls available throughout the day with interpreters and lipspeakers available.

Liverpool Schoolgirl Nominated for Signature Annual Award

Added 05 May 2009

An eight year old girl was nominated for a national award - thanks to her signing skills.

Amelia McCabe has been signing since she was a little girl as both of her parents are deaf. The youngster's talents have even stunned her mother, who set up West Derby-based sign language academy Talking Hands.

Amelia, from Croxteth, is currently taking her level two exams which are an equivalent to a GCSE.