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Derby City to host Signathon Event

15 March 2012

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is pleased to announce that this year’s Signathon event will take place over a two day period at St Peter’s Street, Derby on Friday 16th March and Saturday 17th March from 10am until 4pm.

The purpose of this exciting event is to enable deaf and hearing communities to come together to learn and share in the celebration of British Sign Language. It also enables the BDA to fundraise to continue its work of highlighting the existence of the Deaf Community and British Sign Language.

Over the two days the following groups and schools involved are:

Royal School for the Deaf Derby, Woodlands School, Aldercar Infant School, Langey Mills Junior School, Arboretum Cafe, Hamoneyes, Little Signers and Derby BSL Practice Group.

The different groups will be doing a combination of signed songs, poetry, and storytelling.

This event has been organised by the BDA’s Community Development Team Manager Robin Ash, who is based in Derby. The team supports local deaf groups with their events and work in partnership to improve social opportunities and their access to local services.  This enables the team to communicate the BDA message to the deaf community.  They also work with local authorities, service providers and organisations to encourage them to sign up to the BSL Charter.

Robin Ash, Team Manager, BDA Community Development Team commented: “We are pleased to get so many children and adults involved in this event. It will be a fun and exciting two days of raising awareness of British Sign Language and much needed funds to carry on the work we do.”