Sharon is a qualified British Sign Language teacher, teaching BSL Levels 1, 2 and 3, along with deaf awareness courses. She is also a Deaf Inclusion worker with local authority, where she works directly with young deaf people and organisations to improve young people’s opportunities in life. Sharon is passionate about Access for all and has over 25 Years of teaching experience.
Do you want to make your organisation Deaf aware?
All deaf people, regardless of whether they are proud members of a culturally rich community, or an older person who has lost hearing with age, experiences the same barriers when it comes to accessing services.
We offer collaborative courses which bring together a host of people from different companies and backgrounds to unite them through deaf awareness, as well as offering bespoke courses for companies who want to train a large portion of their workforce.
Once your staff members have attended our Deaf Awareness training course, you will be ensuring that your organisation will:
- Demonstrate an increased knowledge and understanding of effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing people
- Provide a more accessible service to deaf and hard of hearing service users
- Provide a better working environment for deaf employees
- Improve customer service, leading to increased loyalty and retention
- Show an increase in staff confidence, and therefore a reduction in frustration and embarrassment
- Demonstrate some of the ‘Reasonable Adjustments’ required of you under the Equality Act 2010, thus reducing the potential for litigation.
All our trainers are Deaf themselves and BSL users – this means that your staff will learn about the personal and lived experiences of the different barriers that Deaf people encounter in their daily lives.
Training is in our training location or in-house for either a half or full day. We are also happy to adapt the course to suit your organisation’s needs.
All participants receive a certificate of attendance and additional resources to support learning after the course. We are also happy to include your business logo and name on our website as a company who has been a recipient of our training.
Our typical Deaf Awareness courses covers the following topics:
- Facts and Figures
- Gaining Attention
- The legal bit!
- Best Practice language
- Types of Deafness
- Hearing Equipment
- Communication Methods
- Models of Disability
- Your turn – let’s learn some signs!
- Supporting a deaf colleague
Whether you have a Deaf employee, and want to facilitate equality of access within the team, or you want to raise the awareness of front of house staff on the communication needs of Deaf customers, we can help.
To find our more about how we can help your organisation become more deaf aware, please get in touch.
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Thank you for the training session on Monday that you guys did for us up here at the Northcott. It was by far the most engaging training I have ever attended and I just wanted to congratulate you on it. I feel like I have taken away a lot of seriously useful skills, theoretical and practical from the session.
Claire, Taster Session Attendee
Attended a free workshop today – it was brilliant! I’m a complete beginner but Daryl and Lynn were so nice and they made me feel really comfortable with trying out BSL.
Henry White, Business Owner
Absolutely loved the deaf awareness training that you guys did for us. It was really interesting to have some deaf history along with learning some signs to help us with basic communication.
Are you an individual looking to undertake deaf awareness training?
Join one of our drop-in sessions to learn with other like-minded individuals…