NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 2013

Get Deaf Aware Training Pack Available to Schools at Special Price

Added 21 Feb 2013

There are approximately 10 million deaf people in the UK. It is likely that you know at least one of them, because every sixth person you meet will have some degree of difficulty in hearing.

Lloyds TSB Launches Online British Sign Language Service for Deaf Customers

Added 20 Feb 2013

Signature supports Lloyds TSB as they lead the way in introducing a SignVideo service for their Deaf customers.

Deafblind Qualifications Update

Added 20 Feb 2013

In December 2011, Signature ended accreditation for Level 3 Certificate in Facilitating Communication with Deafblind People (Manual). We had extended this by one year to make sure that learners were able to complete their studies.

First Deaf People Achieve Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting

Added 19 Feb 2013

Five students have recently become the first Deaf people to achieve the Signature Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting. Working with [sonus], a Southampton-based Signature approved training centre, the students were the first to complete the Diploma as interpreters from one sign language to another sign language.

2012 Customer Service Survey

Added 18 Feb 2013

We have been working for several years to improve the service we give to the centres that deliver our qualifications. We count on the honest feedback you provide at our meetings, through our surveys and when you contact us. We use the information you give us to improve our qualifications, service and support products. Each year we ask you to tell us how we are meeting your expectations in Customer Service Survey.

2013 Signature Annual Awards Nominations Now Open

Added 14 Feb 2013

Today marks the beginning of our nationwide search for exceptional individuals, groups and organisations who are working to improve the lives of deaf and deafblind people throughout the UK and Ireland.

Count Down to the 2013 Signature Annual Awards

Added 13 Feb 2013

We have been counting down the days until nominations open for the 2013 Signature Annual Awards and it is almost here. From tomorrow you will be able to nominate in all eight categories. So look out for the launch on our website.

Is Your Teacher an Inspiration to Others?

Added 12 Feb 2013

With only two days to go until the launch of the 2013 Signature Annual Awards we take a look at the story of last year's winner in the category of Teacher of the Year. Perhaps your teacher deserves recognition, why not nominate them when nominations open online on Thursday 14 February?

Who Will You Nominate?

Added 11 Feb 2013

We are excited to tell you that there are now only four days to wait until the launch of the 2013 Signature Annual Awards.

Over the next three days we will remind you of some of the previous winners and their wonderful stories. In the past four years we have received hundreds of amazing nominations and the panel have often found it tough to choose the winners.

Who will you nominate this year? The 2013 Signature Annual Awards will launch on Thursday 14 February. Watch this space...

Tell Us About Your Experience

Added 05 Feb 2013

In March we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Recognition of BSL. We want to know how life has changed for Deaf people in the past ten years and are inviting Deaf BSL users to tell us about their experiences.

World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness is Coming to Belfast

Added 04 Feb 2013

The Signature team is excited to learn of plans for Belfast to host the World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness in September 2014.

10th Anniversary of the Recognition of British Sign Language

Added 01 Feb 2013

To mark the 10th anniversary of British Sign Language (BSL) being officially recognised, we are organising a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on behalf of the BSL Alliance. The alliance includes Signature, National Deaf Children's Society, British Deaf Association and the Royal Association of the Deaf.