Entries from Grumpy Old Deafies tagged with 'BSL'

BSL Programme: Under the Lamp with Carolyn Nabarro

BSLBT is now screening a series, Under the Lamp with Carolyn Nabarro. This is a BSL chat style programme, and the guests for the first episode are Stephen Dering, Issy Schisselman and Oliver Westbury. It was produced by Remark! If...

Wicked Episode 1 Online

In case you missed it, the first episode of BSBLT's Wicked is now online. You can find it here (27 minutes 6 seconds). Wicked is described as: Wicked is a brand-new TV series presented in British Sign Language (BSL),...

Hearies and 'Signing for the Deaf'

Hearies are at it again, trying to make sense of the in-vision interpreter and the only way they know how to deal with it is by way of their version of humour. For me half the point of in-vision interpreting...

Parliament: Jobcentres and BSL

Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what facilities jobcentres offer to deaf people who arrive to make enquiries (a) with and (b) without an appointment; and how many front line jobcentre...

New BDA CEO = NEW BDA blog?

Great to see a letter from the new BDA CEO here. Seems quite an interesting bloke, so I guess all we can do now is cross our fingers and hope for the best for the BDA.. We've been doing that...

Parliament: BSL in Prisons

Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many British Sign Language users worked in each prison at the latest date for which figures are available. Maria Eagle (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of...

Parliament: Subtitling & Sign Language on Television

A question in parliament around subtitling on television: Rosie Cooper (PPS (Mr Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State), Department of Health; West Lancashire, Labour) What steps are being taken to ensure that television programmes are accessible to deaf children—and deaf adults,...

The Guardian: The Sign Language Teacher; the Personal Experience of John Smith

The Guardian has published a hitting piece on the reality of deaf education, through the personal experience of John Smith, who is known for his Deaf comedy: I went to a primary school for the deaf, where we weren't allowed...

Post about iPlayer on Noesis

Earlier I knocked together a post on iPlayer, over at Noesis. If you're interested in iPlayer issues, you might want to read....

BSL Recognition: Tender to Improve Access & Demand for BSL

Following the meeting with the Prime Minister in February, the Department for Children Schools and Families are planning to announce the publication of a tender for a project to improve access to and demand for BSL. The relevant DCSF...

Skype BSL Commercial

Below is a BSL based commercial for Skype, who had commissioned Remark!: You can watch it in full glory here. Fantastic collaboration, and good to see BSL being used as a marketing tool. Deaf people after all do use Skype...

Video: BSL March 2000

Here's a trip down memory lane, a video by Usher Life of FDP's BSL March 2000: I think this march have around 10,000 people (am I right?) In the footage, spot Jen (the co-author of this blog), being bossy via...

Deaf BSL Gorilla

We may be grumpy, but we still wish there was more stuff on YouTube etc like this bloke's video: More BSL funnies, please! Know of any? Tell us!...

The 5th anniversary of apathy BSL recognition

Yep, five years ago today, the Government announced that it recognised BSL as an official British language. Whoopee-do! A few months later, we had another (pre-planned) march through London to push for a BSL Act. This banner was there: And...

Parliament: Departmental Translation Services

Recently there was a parliamentary question on the proportion of translation services contracted out to commercial providers: Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting...

My fave Signtube video so far...

Deaf power! Haven't set up an account yet, but will do when I get a chance... would be good to see more people using it! (In the meantime, it was really easy to embed the above public video -...

The Deaf version of Youtube...

... it had to happen! Click here to see it for yourself! I think it's Deaf-created, though I could be wrong. Do you know? And what do you think? That's what the comment box is for! ::grin:: And yes, I...

Early Day Motion on Deaf Education

Frank Dobson's Early Day Motion on Deaf education is has been tabled in Parliament: That this House recognises the importance of ensuring that deaf and hearing-impaired children are educated in British Sign Language (BSL); believes that for many deaf children,...

Seeking clarification...

I've just blogged a question for the organisers of the march in London on 12th April. It's on stopeugenics.org in both BSL and English - click here if you're interested. I hope someone will answer my question soon! Jen...

Kind of messy

I know, I know; Alison and I haven't managed to blog as much as we'd like to recently, but of course the world doesn't stop spinning, so all the bloggable things have piled up... and so, this post will be...

Photo Friday: Prime Minister Gordon Brown meets suit-types to discuss BSL

Back Row: Tim Loughton MP, (someone from the press), Francis Murphy, Gordon Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Jeff McWhinney, Andrew Adonis. Front row: Rosie Cooper MP, Malcolm Bruce MP, Susan Daniels, Tom Levitt MP Coming ASAP: More about what happened at...

Parliament: Requirement of BSL for Teachers of the Deaf

Sarah Teather (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; Brent East, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what standard of British Sign...

Almost too insulting for words

Forgive me for losing my sense of humour, but I was definitely NOT amused this morning when I read Deafweekly's report on a "sign language lady randomly waving her arms around during a British children's TV programme." You can read...

Parliament: Signing Assistance in Schools & Educational Achievement of Deaf Children

On the 18 December (I've not had time to blog!) a question was tabled in parliament over deaf education: Mark Harper (Forest of Dean, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance is...

Government response on BSL & the UN Convention of Human Rights for Disabilities

A petition was created by John Walker on ratifying British Sign Language under the UN Convention of Human Rights for People with Disabilities: On 30th March 2007, UK signed the Covention of Human Rights for People with Disabilities. This convention...

Statement from Francis Murphy, BDA Chair

At the BDA Congress, we at GOD offered Francis the opportunity to say whatever he liked to our readers/viewers, and he accepted the offer. So, here he is: ... so if you're interested in the BDA and/or Deaf education, get...

iPlayer: A Deaf Perspective

There's a long overdue post over at Noesis on the BBC's iPlayer. Deaf perspective that is, not a general mainstream one which people can get elsewhere. Please note I've closed the comments are closed on this blog entry, but comment...

S4C streaming BSL interpreted programmes online

S4C (Welsh language channel in Wales) is now streaming its BSL programmes via the web. A really positive move, and more please. As a channel that focuses on minority language output, it is much better positioned to understand the needs...

Glow in the Dark Gloves

These Glow in the Dark Gloves produced by Novaglow (a company based in New Zealand) is said to be "originally designed for signing at night". Unfortunately its recharge life only lasts for two hours, not a lot of good...

Ofcom's response to a formal complaint around lack of BSL consultation

Ofcom has been carrying out a consultation in respect of how BSL is transmitted on television. The consultation is supposed to end this Friday. I responded to this consultation, and further responses can be found on their website. As a...

Photo Friday: BSL March 2003

Photo credit, with thanks to: James Kearney. Can you name everyone in this picture?...

Photo Friday: BSL March 1999

Who can recognise who, for the benefit of international readers. Do you have any photos? We'd like to publish these here....

Ofcom's lack of proactiveness

In the UK digital television is required to meet an eventual 5% target for producing signed output on television (unless granted an exemption). Since the interpreter cannot be turned off, this annoys some viewers, and from time to time we...

Parliament: BSL on websites & recognition of BSL

The way the government treats us is a complete joke. Seriously. In the light of the question / answer I posted yesterday, here's another one. Kerry McCarthy (PPS (Rt Hon Rosie Winterton, Minister of State), Department of Health, Bristol East,...

Parliament: Lipreading & Sign Language are not skills for life

It seems that politicians are experts at not getting it. The latest from the House of Commons is that lipreading classes and learning sign language is not a skill for life. This obviously comes down to funding, not being classed...

Photo Friday: Tomato, BSL March 2003

Got any better BSL March ones than this? What about local marches. Perhaps campaigning in another country. Prove it, please send us your photos and we promise we'll give you credit....

Mouse: first BSL targeted marketing?

A vlog from mouse, about online translation services, the first for the UK. What's interesting about this, is its online marketing specifically targeted at BSL users. Does anyone know of this happening elsewhere? All other marketing I've seen to date...

Ofcom fails its own Disability Equality Scheme?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications industries in the UK. That includes television. Currently Ofcom has a consultation happening in respect of BSL on television. This is a major consultation, and will affect every BSL user in the UK...

Open Letter re See Hear in Broadcast Now

Blogcast at Broadcast Now is carrying an open letter from Rebecca Atkinson regarding BBC See Hear. Since this is read by many people in the media, people are being urged to go over there and comment. See Hear originally came...

Parliament: BSL in schools

Yesterday's debate in parliament made reference to the use of BSL in schools. Madeleine Moon (Bridgend, Labour) May we have a debate on the increased teaching and use of British Sign Language? Last week I visited Archdeacon John Lewis primary...

Vee See makes BBCi News Technology: Paternalism 2.0?

VeeSee is currently the top story at BBCi Technology News page. Where's the impartial reporting by the BBC, and go beyond the reporting its done to question the set up? This is one sided reporting. The issue with DEAF...

BSL Bible Translation Project

The British Sign Language Bible Translation Project now has its own website. I'm only going to focus on BSL as a language here. Irrespective of what your religious beliefs are (even if you have them), this is an important project...

How to flirt using BSL (not)

Paula Cox is at it again, this time "How to Flirt using BSL": VideoJug: How To Flirt Using British Sign Language As a friend said, it looks like she wants to be a children's television presenter. Imagine if some random...

Doing the rounds: How to insult someone using BSL

VideoJug: How To Insult Someone Using British Sign Language Only blogging this, because this video is doing its rounds on mainstream blogs right now. Gadling is carrying it as A Welsh View, and I picked it up somewhere else yesterday....

Voicing over BSL, by a monolinguist

Yesterday I blogged about subtitling the hard of hearing way. Adam Buxton also produced a voice over for a BSL/English Interpreter, as he understood it (not understanding BSL): Deafies won't get the voice over, so a friend has transcribed it...

VeeSee

Thoughts on VeeSee over here....

BBC & accessible online content

If you are interested in forthcoming plans by BBCi to address subtitling and BSL through its website, go here....

Deaf headteachers in the UK = two

Whilst chatting to a friend, it just occurred to me that it is frequently reported that Mabel Davis is the only deaf headteacher in the UK. Not true. What about Mary Nest-Richardson? Its taken a very long while for the...

DRC guidance on volunteering: its not enough

The DRC has published a guide 'Recruiting, Retaining and Developing Disabled Volunteers'. Immediately, I went to search for interpreters, as I wanted to know how this guide dealt with this issue. Deaf people and volunteering, costs always gets in the...

2011 census, my take

I'm told its silly season out there re picking up on the 2011 census, and who gets credit. My take: who bloody cares. Its done, just everyone else pull their finger out and campaign for something. Reminds me of other...

2011 census: question about sign languages & deafness

A test census has been released in preparation for the 2011 census. For the first time, this includes a question about British Sign Language (Page 6), which asks in relation to language usage: - No ability - Understand sign -...

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