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Thu 6 Jun 2024
10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Clinical School, Seminar Room 10

Provided by: School of Clinical Medicine HR


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SCM Staff: Introduction to British Sign Language (Workshop In Person Face to Face)

Thu 6 Jun 2024


Why learn the BSL? It is the first language choice of the Deaf community in the United Kingdom and one of the many sign languages used across the world. However, the BSL is not all about the signing; it challenges you to think differently, how to better connect the brain with the body and improve communication skills through lip-reading, use of handshapes and expressing emotions. Because it is a visual language, the BSL is not only aimed at communication with the Deaf but at anyone with hearing difficulty or disability that makes it difficult for them to community orally.

It is also useful in developing more effective clinical communication skills in the University and Colleges and other workplaces once students graduate and begin their chosen careers. To be able to greet and introduce yourself to students and colleagues who may be hard of hearing or deaf alike; to be able to point them in a direction or ask how they feel; this all is a part of our duty of care including the compassion, sympathy and empathy toward others. The BSL may help us demonstrate this better and we should embrace the BSL as an essential feature of everyday clinical life.

Dr Zrinka Mendas will be delivering the session and would like to share her experience of being a deaf academic and offer a glimpse into sign language, Deaf culture and the BSL alphabet.

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  • School of Clinical Medicine Staff (this includes departments i.e. those on the payroll)
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Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 6 Jun   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 10 map Zrinka Mendas
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  • One session of two hours
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