NEWS FOR JULY 2010

New Series on BBC Radio 4

Added 28 Jul 2010

A new series of Word of Mouth, on BBC Radio 4, explores the different ways in which deaf people communicate: sign language, lip reading and also speaking.

Story from the Caledonian Mercury

Added 20 Jul 2010

Regular use of mobile phones linked to ear ringing

People who use mobile phones regularly may be putting themselves at risk of developing a debilitating ear condition.

A small study published today suggests that using a mobile for at least four years seems to be linked to a doubling in the risk of developing chronic tinnitus, a persistent ringing or hissing in the ear.

A story from the Middlewich Guardian

Added 14 Jul 2010

A 'sign' of the times at Middlewich Primary School

Children in Middlewich have become the first in Cheshire to achieve a national qualification in sign language.

Nine youngsters from Middlewich Primary School and one girl from St Mary's School have passed the same assessment that is given to adults.

Consultation on BSL Bill

Added 13 Jul 2010

The BSL Bill was launched on Thursday, 08 July and it is now time for us all to submit our responses. A copy of the Consultation document can be found here or you can find it in BSL by clicking here.

C4 to subtitle all programming output from 2011

Added 05 Jul 2010

Channel 4 aims to offer subtitles on all programmes and films across TV and online by next January as part of a package of measures to improve its access services.

The core C4 channel currently subtitles about 90% of its shows, but the broadcaster plans to step this up, with a pledge to move towards 100% across its whole portfolio from next month. The move is a signifi cant step up for Film 4, which currently subtitles just 35% of its movies, More 4 (41%) and E4 (60%).

Upgraded Level 6 Qualifications Update

Added 01 Jul 2010

Following the announcement that our Level 4 NVQ in BSL/ISL, and Level 4 NVQ in Interpreting (BSL/English) have been upgraded to Level 6 qualifications...