Deaf awareness courses in demand

PR 4778
12 November 2014

Almost 200 people gained qualifications in British Sign Language in a year, thanks to a teaching team at Wakefield Council.

The Council’s Adult and Community Education (ACES) programme runs a Deaf Studies programme, which supports employers and employees in the area, who wish to learn how to communicate better with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

In the 2013/14 financial year, a total of 183 people gained qualifications in British Sign Language, the official language used by many people who are deaf or have experienced hearing loss.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It is very good to hear that almost 200 people learned British Sign Language. This helps to promote a more inclusive society and breaks down barriers in communication.”

The courses attract people from across the district including housing staff, volunteers who work with deaf and hard of hearing people.

For more information on courses please email aces@wakefield.gov.uk or ring 01924 303 302.