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09 JulNew Shielding Letter available in BSL

Updated guidance for those advised to shield due to COVID-19 has been issued. The British Sign Language translation is produced by the Department of Health and Social Care and SignHealth.

Please share this video with your network to ensure we reach every British Sign Language (BSL) user who may be shielding at home due to COVID-19. This is a full BSL translation of the new letter that was sent to every individual who has been asked to shield due to risks posed by certain health conditions.


30 JunCoronavirus stories in BSL for children

DCAL have been working hard at creating coronavirus stories in BSL for children in collaboration with Frank Barnes school.  The first story ‘Bunty and Bubbly UK’ can be viewed below.

There will be three further stories to come.

22 JunUK Council on Deafness endorses NDCS’s letter to Grant Shapps MP Transport Minister as regards to clear facemasks in Public Transport


UK Council on Deafness supports NDCS’s letter as we believe there is a clear need to ensure that communications around face coverings consider the needs of everyone, including deaf people, and are widely shared.

NDCS's letter

Information should also be shared around deaf awareness and the beneficial use of transparent facemasks, which allow for lip reading and ensure facial expressions can be seen. These measures will ensure that deaf people are supported in the best way possible during an extremely challenging time.

Grant Shapps was asked to look at the following measures:

  • Highlight the specific exemptions to the guidance for deaf people and tips for communication at the daily briefing when you next lead it;
  • Raise these issues with transport companies and ask them to ensure that staff and passengers are aware of the exemptions;
  • Include tips for communication in the guidance and;
  • Share importance of clear face mask and communication tips on Government’s social media channels?

NDCSLetter to Grant Shapps MP  [pdf]

22 JunSignHealth in England

We are now able to offer remote, online, specialised, Deaf support in Domestic Abuse to all of England.

SignHealth can provide online support video relay platforms (WhatsApp, FaceTime etc.) with the client, contact with professionals, support in finding refuge, ensuring that communication access if correct.  We can also work with different professionals and offer advice and guidance to build on the bubble of support that the client needs.

This is an amazing opportunity in providing specialised IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) client’s outside of London and the South East, which we have not been able to provide.

Our qualified Deaf IDVAs can communicate in British Sign Language (BSL) and can adapt their signing for Deaf people from aboard – less language barrier.

Please share our information.  If you know anyone who needs this support, then get in contact by any of the below ways:

  • Text the number 88802 with the message 121SIGN
  • Email – (regularly monitored)
  • Telephone – 0203 947 2600 (all calls to the Domestic Abuse Team are being redirected – if unable to get through then please email the service)
  • WhatsApp/SMS: – 07970 350366

An explanation about our remote service has also been translated into BSL (with subtitles). Follow this link: Coronavirus response – (scroll down the page a little)

Our website also has a wealth of information produced in BSL (with subtitles) explaining domestic abuse issues such as Migrant and Refugee Survivors, Finances, Wellbeing and Self-Care, What is an IDVA? and many more – please use and share


SignHealth in England


18 JunJoin the first NADP Webinar

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Are you new to online platforms? Want to pick tips how to run an online meeting? What about speech to text? Then join our free online workshop where will share practical information for all!


“Working and participating remotely when you are deaf or hard of hearing”.


1.   Comparison of most popular virtual platforms

2.  Accessibility

3.  Participating in online meetings at work and in webinars


Place: Zoom
Date: Saturday 20 June 2020  Time: 12 pm – 13.30 pm
The webinar will have speech to text/ captioning

Please register using the Registration link