Give me BSL: A list of where to learn and watch British Sign Language online!

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Here is a list curated by Deaf Parents Deaf Children showing you all the recommended places you can learn BSL, watch BSL stories and watch television programmes with BSL online.


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Yet another amazing day at Bowood House!

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On Saturday 9th of July Deaf Parents Deaf Children returned to Bowood for the fourth time, and what a fantastic day it was! Hidden in the rolling hills of Wiltshire, the Bowood estate boasts one of the best adventure playgrounds in the country. A life-size pirate ship complete with rigging and a crows nest as well as a ‘space dive’ which featured giant slides aptly called the ‘slide of death’, chutes, trampolines and high-level rope walks. The kids were let loose while the parents caught up on the latest news and got acquainted with new friends.  Once everyone arrived and settled into the fantastic surroundings, all the parents and kids gathered into one big circle and introduced themselves to each other.

After lunch we all went for a lovely walk by the glorious lake to the old temple and visited the caves, which were quite spooky – needless to say the kids loved walking into pitch darkness! We all came out to a view of the beautiful waterfall.

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It was a lovely day to see the children making new friends and playing with each other so effortlessly, and for the parents to get together and chat knowing that they had so many things in common to talk about.

Thank you to all the families who came along, especially those who came from afar.  Next years event will take place on Saturday 8th July 2017.  Join the facebook event page and let us know if you’re coming!

Photos belong to DPDC please do not copy or use without our permission. 


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DPDC Day out: Nostell Priory National Trust

 

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On Saturday 23rd April 2016, 12 families from Manchester, Sunderland, Leeds and Wolverhampton met up at the beautiful Nostell Priory National Trust for the day.  The children all excitedly explored the garden and parklands. Some explored further by walking, cycling or scootering around the surroundings.   While the kids were all busy, parents grabbed the chance to discuss all things related to being a deaf parent of a deaf child, sharing educational tips, stories and experiences!

The day was such a great success, and will happen again next year on Saturday 22nd April 2017, save the date!


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DPDC Camping 26-28th August 2016, Derby – spaces left!

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Disappointed about Sign Circle being cancelled? Fear not, there are spaces left to join the Deaf Parents Deaf Children Campers from Friday 26th- Monday 28th August at the Ashbourne Heights Country Park in Derbyshire.

Last year all the DPDC kids had an amazing time cycling, swimming, playing games, going on walks and making new friends. To avoid missing out please book your places NOW!


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DPDC Bowood House Fun Day Out – Saturday 11th July 2016 – Agenda!

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One more day until the annual DPDC fun day out at Bowood House! We’re so excited to see you all again and meet some new and old faces.

To make the most of the day we have an agenda which will ensure everyone gets a chance to meet everyone and allow kids plenty of opportunities to play and make new friends!


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Storytelling with your child (BSL Study)

Do you use BSL as your primary language of communication with your family and have a child aged 30-48 months?

We are looking for participants in a study that involves a child and their parent interacting naturally about different set of toys.

We would prefer if the parents are deaf but everyone is welcome as long as your child is learning BSL as their first language and you communicate with your child using BSL. Your child may be deaf or hearing.

The study has two different parts. In the first part, you and your child will be video recorded while talking about toy objects (sets of animals, foods and kitchen utensils) as you would normally do. You will be talking about one set of objects (6 toys) at a time and in some cases, we will leave the toys with you and in other cases we will take the toys away. This part of the study will not take more than 20-30 minutes.

In the second part of the study, we will ask you to indicate what signs your child knows from a list. We ask you to indicate whether your child understands and/or uses the sign themselves. This part of the study will take no more than 5-10 minutes.

The whole study should not take more than an hour, including the setup.

We would like to carry out the study in your home as we believe this may be more comfortable and convenient.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Data will not be associated to your or your child’s personal details (name, date of birth, address) and will be securely stored on a local, password protected server that will only be accessed by research team members.

We will pay you for your time: Payment for the caregiver will be £15 per hour/session, and your child will receive a little gift.

Please do get in touch if you are interested in being involved, and we can book a day and time. We are looking to do this study in July. Please do get in touch with me via email at neil.fox@ucl.ac.uk. If you require more information, I am more than happy to answer any questions.


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CBBC Newsround presented in BSL, for Deaf Awareness week!

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Deaf Parents Deaf Children were delighted to see the episode of Newsround being presented in BSL this week. Only a shame that it was only for Deaf Awareness week as having a BSL presenter would be beneficial for all children, deaf or hearing to have access to Newsround in BSL as well as English. Especially when children in this country watch this programme regularly in schools. The benefits would be countless – hearing children get to learn another language, it would raise awareness of BSL which is much needed to raise the quality of life for deaf people, deaf children won’t be left out while watching this in school, children who are hearing who use sign language to communicate won’t be left out, having BSL as well as English presented would promote bilingualism.

Access to the news in BSL should be a fundamental right for deaf children who communicate in BSL.   Appropriately qualified and skilled interpreters is not guaranteed in schools across the country, having the news delivered by qualified BSL signers will ensure all deaf children who communicate in BSL have consistent access to the news every day from qualified signers.

Watch it by clicking here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/36204509


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BSL family sessions at the Horniman Museum on Saturday 7th May

The Horniman Museum are celebrating International Dawn Chorus Day with a number of different events aimed at families on Saturday 7thMay.  Our popular ‘Hands On’ and ‘Art Makers’ family sessions will also be interpreted into BSL on this day to mark the end of Deaf Awareness Week.

Hands On Flying allows families to touch and explore objects from our Natural History collection.  Come along and find out which animals can fly and which can’t  – you may just be surprised! These sessions are free and open to families with children aged 3+, tickets are available from the chalkboard in front of the Information Desk 30 minutes before the start of each session.

Session times:

 11.45 am & 1.00 pm

In our Art Makers sessions, we will be making some Bouncing Birds – you’ll decorate a beautiful bird with folded wings which can bounce up and down on elastic.  These sessions carry a charge of £3 per child. 

Session times:

 1.30 pm & 2.45 pm

More details here:   http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/calendar/date/2016-05-07/interval/0

 


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