Why Visual Signs Promotions?
So, what exactly are Visual Signs Promotions all about you may ask? Our Aim is for the Hearing and Deaf community to be able to connect more freely together through British Sign Language.
The truth is, some of the Hearing community are scared of approaching the Deaf community, “what if I can’t understand them?” “what if they don’t understand me?” We fully appreciate and understand this so don’t worry. We just want to show you that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Our aim at VSP is to firstly stop the Hearing community feeling uncomfortable with approaching a Deaf person and secondly, for the Deaf community to feel more comfortable in the knowledge that there are work places out there that have Deaf Awareness and Signing too. There is a lack of information for the Deaf as English isn’t their first Language so to have a little Signing is better than nothing and could also bring in more custom into your business.
So, what is Deaf Awareness you may ask? This will be explained later under the heading DEAF AWARENESS.
Visual Signs Promotions cover the whole of the UK at the moment. As long as we are available, we come to your work place on the date and times that suit you due to your business needs
By making both the Deaf and Hearing community more aware of the purpose of their native communication. Also, by finally making both communities equal. Seeing more Signing and less frustration in the Deaf community would be such a lovely sight to see.
At VSP our aim is to “Bridge the Gap” by this what we mean is, what a nicer place it would be to live in if everyone could Sign!
We don’t mean going to college and studying for years in British Sign Language no that’s not our aim, our aim is for you to learn small, basic, introductory, a little is better than nothing. The Deaf world is a lonely place to live within the company of the Hearing world so let’s learn some Deaf Awareness and Sign to” Bridge the Gap” through Visual Signs Promotions and make our lives a much better one. Not forgetting another Language skill for Hearing people too, so all will benefit.
British Sign Language
BT Sport began working with VSP just over a year ago. Initially VSP did a Deaf Awareness presentation to give our staff an insight into the Deaf world and then ran a series of BSL courses to provide them with the tools to be able to communicate more effectively with deaf colleagues. Approximately 50 people went through the basic BSL training course with VSP and the feedback was really positive because, as well as learning another life skill, the courses were great fun too…
I have always been interested in expanding my BSL knowledge as I learnt the alphabet in primary school and it has always stuck with me. I was delighted when I found out we had the opportunity to learn this at work and enjoyed every session we had! Tina’s lessons were great, with the perfect balance between learning and also having fun. The recaps at the beginning of the sessions were very helpful. I was surprised at how much stuck with me between each week. My favourite part of the sessions were the Chinese whispers – which ended up with the whole group in tears of laughter! I hope to have the opportunity again in the future to participate in more sessions.
Being given the opportunity to learn basic British Sign Language has opened my eyes to the deaf community and the daily struggles that are experienced. I now feel that I have the confidence and ability to communicate with someone without panicking and feeling stupid. I do hope that my newly learnt skills come to use one day. I would also like to thank Tina and Sarah who made learning Basic British Sign Language Fun instead of frightening which I felt on our first lesson, it’s a skill I hope to continue learning.
In November 2015, we took on a new employee as part of a scheme with Channel 4 to help people with disabilities to get into the Media industry. Kevin is profoundly deaf and it was apparent that being able to communicate effectively with him would be a challenge.Initially we wanted some assistance to give us some basic sign language skills but what we got was a whole lot more valuable and rewarding. VSP helped us to understand what it was like to be a deaf person in a hearing world, how isolating it can be and how difficult it is to be in the work place. Tina and Sarah gave us the skills and confidence to hold conversations with Kevin and through the process we learnt so much more about him and his life. It helped to form a bond between all the people on the course with Kevin and the effect on him too was profound. Showing Kevin that his colleagues had a real desire to be able to communicate with him made Kevin feel part of the team and gave him renewed enthusiasm for his role with MOOV. We now all have skills that will stay with us forever as well as a better insight into the deaf community.