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Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language Training

About Our Team
"We have a really excellent tutor, she makes sure we know the subject that we are on before moving onto anything else, she makes it fun to learn too, she has a wicked sense of humour!"
All our Tutors are qualified to teach BSL and Deaf Awareness and are themselves Deaf. They have all experienced life within the Deaf Community and attended a Deaf school. They are all engaged in the Deaf Social Community and will encourage learners to come along to either a Deaf Club or Social events near you. There are 4 Tutors in our team and between us, we have over 30 years of teaching experience.

Deaf Awareness
Half day (3 hours) or Full day (5 hours).
This course is designed to increase awareness of Deaf culture and the challenges Deaf people face in a non-signing society. Working in small groups and pairs, delegates use humour-based exercises to discuss access issues. Course includes a brief introduction to British Sign Language within the afternoon session.

Lunch will only be provided for full day bookings.
Prices: For individuals, the course costs £75 half day and £93 for a full day. Prices for half-day sessions for group bookings (plus travel expenses at 45p per mile):

  • Voluntary sector £370
  • Public sector £625
  • Private sector £900

Full-day group bookings are £820 with a maximum of 20 delegates. We can provide in house training to any organisations (Maximum 20 delegates) Block bookings of 2 or more training, there will be a 10% discount per annual SLA.

British Sign Language (BSL) Course Details
We believe that there should only be a maximum of 12 people per course to make your learning as comfortable as possible and enable plenty of one to one time with the tutor to help you along the way. Delegates who complete any of our courses will receive a certificate.

British Sign Language Taster course
The course is 6 weeks (2 hours per week) and covers Introductions & Greetings; Alphabet; Questions; Days of the week; Months; Numbers; Colours; Food and Drink; Family; Animals; Hobbies and Interests. This course provides a combination of topics from the Beginner and Intermediate Courses as a basic introduction to BSL.

British Sign Language Level 1 Award (Signature)
This qualification is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use.

British Sign Language Level 2 Certificate (Signature)
The qualification from this course is designed to enable learners who have completed level 1 to develop their ability to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language.

Booking: To request more information please contact Justine Smyth at justine.smyth@livingoptions.org or via reception on 01392 459 222.

We also offer in-house training (for Level 1 only), contact us for more details.

Feedback from previous students
"This course is great, the tutor is fantastic! I love it, thank you".
"A great opportunity! The tutor is very helpful and understanding- willing to help out each individual student when necessary".
"The handouts are very helpful. I am really enjoying the Monday evening course, the teacher is very happy to go over signs as many times as we need".
"I'm really enjoying the course. The tutor is always there before the class starts and waits for everyone to leave before the end of the session. She is a great tutor and very encouraging".

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About Us

Living Options Devon is a well respected user-led organisation which works to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people can live the life they choose. Set up in 1990 LOD is a registered charity (Charity N0. 1102489) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 4925281). Based in Exeter and Barnstaple, our charitable aims mean we we can offer services across the South West and share good practice throughout the UK. Being led and run by people with disabilities and Deaf people ensures LOD has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues facing service users and so is very well placed to increase the influence and voice of Deaf and disabled people. We do this by providing education, training and services which enable people to live the lives they choose.

We are happy to provide all information about Living Options Devon and its projects in alternative formats by request. Please contact us using the details above.

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There are a number of ways you can contact us:

By telephone: 01392 459222

By email: info@livingoptions.org

By SMS: 07958 517919

By post: Living Options Devon, Ground Floor Units 3-4, Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter EX2 8PW