Happy Sign Language Week! Q & A session with Alison Bryan.
We are pleased to introduce a Q & A session with Alison Bryan. Please enjoy watching the clip and fill up with pride about British Sign Language, our native language. Question One: [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://ibsl.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2Dot-Miles-Alison-B-iBSL-.mp4"][/video]
iBSL 10 Days of Christmas - DAY THREEiBSL 10 Days of Christmas - DAY THREEHow about some festive fun? Yes more fun!We're delighted to present the 10 days of iBSL staff and trustees Christmas message.This was a lot of fun to put together and we hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Huge thanks to our trustees and staff who were all great sports!Hope you enjoyed Day Two? Let's start with DAY THREE![video width="960" height="540" mp4="https://ibsl.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Low-Day-Three-Final-iBSL-Christmas-Video-2020-.mp4"][/video]
iBSL 10 Days of Christmas - Day TwoiBSL 10 Days of Christmas - Day TwoHow about some festive fun?We're delighted to present the 10 days of iBSL staff and trustees Christmas message.This was a lot of fun to put together and we hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Huge thanks to our trustees and staff who were all great sports!Hope you enjoyed the Day One? Let's start with DAY TWO![video width="960" height="540" mp4="https://ibsl.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Website-Day-Two-F-iBSL-Christmas-Video-2020-.mp4"][/video]
iBSL 10 Days of Christmas 2020 - Day OneiBSL 10 Days of ChristmasHow about some festive fun?We're delighted to present the 10 days of iBSL staff and trustees Christmas message.This was a lot of fun to put together and we hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Huge thanks to our trustees and staff who were all great sports!Let's start with DAY ONE!#iBSL #MerryChristmas #HappyHolidays #SeasonsGreetings #FestiveFun #happynewyear2021 #Deaf #BSL[video width="960" height="540" mp4="https://ibsl.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Twitter-Day-One-iBSL-Christmas-Video-2020-.mp4"][/video]
Special message from iBSL Chair - Craig Jones.
We have a special message from Craig Jones, the Chair for iBSL. He wishes to send a message about iBSL moving to a new area, a new chapter and a new future! Enjoy watching the clip! iBSL team [embed]https://vimeo.com/464176173[/embed]
iBSL is proud to support 'Where Is The Interpreter' Campaign!
#whereistheinterpreter? Colette wanted to show that iBSL is sending a letter to Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street, to ask where is the interpreter! All the special thanks goes to Lynn, Mark and the amazing team at Where Is The Interpreter Campaign! And to Gloucestershire Deaf Association too to receive iBSL's letter, all the way to London this Friday! [embed]https://vimeo.com/468235996[/embed] Support the campagin if you want BSL access! #WTI @Lynn Stewart-Taylor WTI GDA Oct 14 2020
iBSL fully supports BSLAct campaign by UK Council On DeafnessThe team at iBSL are delighted to see a fantastic campaign focused on the British Sign Language Act. The campaign has iBSL’s full backing as the main aim of iBSL is to promote quality and high standards in British Sign Language.BSL should be accessible to everyone, especially Deaf children to enable young people to access their education in their first language, BSL.It is time for Parliament to give our native language its full legal status and to give our Deaf community the full recognition we deserve and allow us to access information and services in our beautiful native language.Time for #BSLAct! With special thanks to people involved in the campaign.Watch the clip below - www.limpingchicken.com[video width="960" height="540" mp4="https://ibsl.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/iBSL-supports-BSLAct-Sept-2020.mp4"][/video]
iBSL learners wins the prestigous Inspire! Family Learning Award!
iBSL wants to share some exciting news about a family, who achieved iBSL Level 2 award.
The Smith family (BSL/iBSL learners) were nominated by Alison Bryan on behalf of Dysgu Bro Ceredigion (Ceredigion County Council) for the Inspire! Family Learning Award which they were the winner for 2020. This was announced on 21st September 2020.
"The Inspire! Adult Learning Awards is an annual event co-ordinated by Learning and Work Institute Wales in partnership with the Welsh Government and other supporters, including The Open University in Wales, Agored Cymru, Adult Learning Wales, National Centre for Learning Welsh and others."
The extended family learnt BSL to communicate with a deaf family member (a child) and have surpassed a number of obstacles. To date they have achieved iBSL Level 2. Their award coincides with both Adult Learning Week and it also happens to be International Week of the Deaf (WFD initiative).
There is a video about their award here produced by the L&WI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I73TnGJc_B8 in which they mention IBSL.
There is also a page on the family here:http://www.learningandwork.wales/the-smith-family/ where they touch on funding BSL classes for families.
iBSL wants to congratulate the Smith family on their well-deserved award!
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional disadvantage and discrimination to Deaf people in the UK
Here is a link to the BSL video: https://youtu.be/wuA4TV_SO4o and below is the transcript. We will be sharing the post on our facebook and twitter channels at 11am today.
Following concerns expressed by two members of the Bristol Deaf community, Jennie Webber and Linda Day, regarding the Bristol Nightingale Hospital, a joint press release has been endorsed by the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), a leading Deaf organisation, and iBSL, one of the leading British Sign Language awarding bodies, in support of the statement below:
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional disadvantage and discrimination to Deaf people in the UK. Throughout the pandemic, Deaf people have had to rely on local organisations and charities to create accessible information and content. Information on the virus has not been made readily available in British Sign Language (BSL) and this can be evidenced through the ‘Where is the Interpreter’ campaign, which seeks to address the fact that the Government’s daily briefings were not translated into BSL. In this instance, we are concerned about the lack of access to accessible information in hospitals and healthcare settings.
BSL is a rich and complex language with its own grammar and structure. It is not a signed equivalent of English and is, in fact, the first or preferred language of over 125,000 people in the UK.
It is paramount that Deaf people have accessible information in hospitals and healthcare settings. Without it, their health and wellbeing is at greater risk. For example, without a BSL Interpreter, a Deaf patient may not understand a written treatment consent form - nor comprehend verbal instructions given for medication dosage; scenarios that could result in serious consequences.
We are deeply concerned about a growing expectation for Deaf people to access critical information including UK government advice about COVID-19 in a second or third language (English) – or to rely on other unsuitable signed forms of communication, such as Makaton.
Makaton is a communication system designed to support disabled people and those with learning disabilities. It is not an equivalent to BSL – and therefore is a potentially dangerous ‘alternative’.
We are concerned that the Bristol Nightingale Hospital that serves a strong Deaf community from across the South West of England has implemented Makaton as its main alternative communication support for Deaf and disabled people.
The UK remains in pandemic and whilst the pressure on resources is immense, it is now more critical than ever that the UK Government supports the health, safety and wellbeing of Deaf people by providing accessible information (at the time it is published) - and that hospitals and healthcare settings comply with the NHS Accessible Information Standard.
The Association of Sign Language Interpreters, in collaboration with the Royal Association for Deaf people, SignHealth and the British Society for Mental Health and Deafness, has produced guidelines for organisations booking and providing communication access for Deaf people the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that hospitals and healthcare providers read this guidance and consult with their own local communities and specialist Deaf organisations.Lorna Bareham | PR & Marketing Officer
BDA – BSL Act Now – BSL Bill Rally
Video from BDA about the BSL Bill Rally.
On Friday 28th January Rosie Cooper MP will be delivering the proposal of the BSL Bill. It is the second reading at parliament and it will be debated for the first time.
When the BSL Bill is proposed, a rally to support the Bill will take place outside at Parliament Square Gardens from 11.30am – 2.30pm.
If you really want to join in, please email directly: BSLActNow@bda.org.uk and go on BDA’s social media platform for more information.
They also need volunteer stewards and BSL/English interpreters. Interested to be part of the event, please get in touch with them.
Tip from BDA: please dress warmly and wear bright coloured gloves – bring a hot drink, your friends or family and the BSL Act NOW banners – let get supporting!
Happy Sign Language Week! Q & A session with Alison Bryan.
We are pleased to introduce a Q & A session with Alison Bryan.
Please enjoy watching the clip and fill up with pride about British Sign Language, our native language.
Happy International Women’s Day to women across the Deaf and BSL Communities!
We received a tremendous response to our advertisement for signers for iBSL!
Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in this and replied to us.
We now have a sufficient number of signers so this request is now closed.
We hope to open this opportunity again in future.
Once again – THANK YOU!
iBSL hiring! New signers needed
Fresh talent wanted to star in our BSL video clips.
We’re looking for Deaf native signers from these areas to take part in recording sessions:
The North East and Scotland (for Level 1 videos)
Northern Ireland (for all Levels)
All of England and Wales (for Level 3 upwards)
All Deaf signers and particularly those from a diverse background, are welcomed.
This is a paid opportunity, if you’re interested in joining our team, please contact us for more information at:
Happy New Year to all! Some staff updates re Government restrictions
Happy New Year to all! We hope you enjoyed your festive break and kept safe.
Recent government announcements have placed our local area within Tier 4 restrictions which means for us to follow the guidelines we must work remotely from home for the time being. The safety and wellbeing of iBSL staff is extremely important to us, so we have made the decision to close the iBSL office for the present moment.
iBSL staff will continue to work remotely throughout this period and will be available to support with any enquiries and emails you have; we will do our very best to support you.
Please stay safe,
from the iBSL team.
iBSL 10 Days of Christmas – FINAL DAY!
iBSL 10 Days of Christmas – DAY NINE
iBSL 10 Days of Christmas – DAY NINE