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Why it's Important for Teachers to be Deaf, and the Benefits of Learning BSL and Deaf Awareness


At Signapse, we're excited to announce our partnership with SH BSL to bring AI technology to the world of d/Deaf sign language users. This is a significant step forward for communication accessibility, and we're thrilled to be a part of it. Here’s what Steve Hurley, founder of SH BSL, has to say about the partnership:

  • "I am very excited to partner with Signapse. It would be amazing to see what they have been creating and how it will change the future!”

In this article, we'll explore why it's important for teachers to be d/Deaf, and the benefits of learning British Sign Language (BSL) and taking a d/Deaf Awareness course. We'll also provide more information about SH BSL and the services he offers.


If you're curious about what partnership means and how it works, we've provided more information at the bottom of this article. Additionally, if you're interested in learning more about partnership opportunities with Signapse, please don't hesitate to contact us directly by clicking on the chat button in the lower right corner of the website. We're always open to discussing new ideas and collaborations that can help promote communication accessibility for d/Deaf sign language users.


Why it's important for Teachers to be d/Deaf


Having d/Deaf teachers in schools or other educational settings can provide a unique and valuable perspective on d/Deaf culture and language. Deaf teachers can use their experiences to help create a more inclusive and accessible learning environment for all students, both Deaf and hearing.


For d/Deaf students, having d/Deaf teachers can provide d/Deaf role models, which can help with their sense of identity and self-esteem. It can also help to reduce feelings of isolation and increase feelings of belonging. For hearing students, having a d/Deaf teacher can also help them learn more about d/Deaf culture and language, and can provide them with a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.


Benefits of Learning BSL


BSL is an official language in the UK and learning it can help to break down communication barriers between d/Deaf and hearing individuals. It can also be a valuable skill in a variety of settings, such as schools, workplaces, and community organisations.


Here are some additional benefits of learning BSL:

  • It can help to create a more inclusive and accessible society for d/Deaf individuals.

  • It can be a valuable addition to a resume or CV and may increase job opportunities.

  • It can be a fun and rewarding skill to learn.

  • It can help to improve cognitive function and memory.


Benefits of Taking a Deaf Awareness Course


In the UK, there are 12 million adults with hearing loss greater than 25 dBHL, which is equivalent to one in five adults. This staggering statistic highlights the importance of communication accessibility for the d/Deaf community. As such, it is crucial for educators and professionals to learn BSL and take a d/Deaf Awareness courses.


Taking a d/Deaf Awareness course can help individuals to better understand d/Deaf culture and communication. This can help to improve communication and reduce misunderstandings between d/Deaf and hearing individuals and can also help to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for d/Deaf individuals.


Here are some additional benefits of taking a d/Deaf Awareness course:

  • It can help individuals to feel more comfortable and confident when communicating with d/Deaf individuals.

  • It can help to increase awareness and understanding of the barriers that d/Deaf individuals may face in everyday life.

  • It can help to promote empathy and understanding of d/Deaf culture and language.


About SH BSL


SH BSL was founded by Stephen Hurley, an active member of the d/Deaf community who offers a fresh, dynamic approach to learning BSL. With over 20 years of experience teaching BSL in various settings, Steve offers a variety of courses and services for individuals and organisations.


Here are some of the services offered by SH BSL:

  • British Sign Language Courses, including Introduction to BSL, Level One, Level Two, Pre-Level Three, and Level Three.

  • BSL Tutorials, which provide bespoke tutoring provision based on individual needs.

  • BSL Taster Sessions, which offer a basic session for people who are curious about British Sign Language.

  • Deaf Awareness Course, which provides training on issues around deafness and simple strategies for avoiding miscommunications.

For those who are interested in learning BSL or improving their d/Deaf awareness, we highly recommend checking out the SH BSL website. Stephen Hurley is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher who can help you develop the skills you need to communicate with d/Deaf individuals effectively.


Partnership Opportunities with Signapse



We are committed to promoting communication accessibility for d/Deaf sign language users through innovative solutions that leverage the power of AI technology. We are always looking for partners who share our vision and are interested in supporting our mission.


If you are a company that is interested in supporting communication accessibility, there are several partnership opportunities available with us. These include:

  • Providing financial support for the development of innovative solutions for communication accessibility.

  • Providing technical expertise in areas such as AI, machine learning, and natural language processing to help develop these solutions.

  • Providing access to large datasets of signed languages to help train our AI models.

  • Partnering with us to provide sign language translations for your products and services.

By partnering with us, you'll be joining a community of organisations that are committed to making communication more accessible for all. Together, we can create innovative solutions that will improve the lives of millions of people around the world.


If you are interested in learning more about partnership opportunities with us, please contact us directly by clicking on the chat button in the lower right corner.

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