Petition to UK Government, National Curriculum
Make Sign Language a GCSE Option in UK Secondary Schools
Yes, knowing French and Spanish and any other language can make a big difference in someone's life and help them in whatever situation they may come across but teaching teenagers and children a new type of communication could also lead to more opportunities for employment in later life. Sign Language is a language to help the deaf and any one with possible hearing problems communicate with each other and help interpret for others and knowing the language can make as much a difference as knowing French, Spanish or any other language. I may only be 14 but I believe that it should be an option to take Sign Language in UK schools. Please sign my petition to help make a difference.
Petition to Schools and the Government
To teach sign language in all schools
Let sign shine. I am seventeen and have a profoundly deaf eleven year old sister who is unable to talk due to her being deaf as well as having verbal dyspraxia. It has occurred to me over the last couple of months the struggles that my sister will face over her life and particularly as an adult. Due to being unable to speak her only communication method is sign language, leaving her communication very restricted and limited to who can understand her. This leaves me great distress and concern for her future. Even going shopping will become a large task without the ability to talk to a sales assistant or cashier. The simple tasks of life including shopping, going to the doctors and even answering the door become impossible with this communication barrier. Consequently, I have come to realise that not only to help my sister but also those who have similar problems, sign language is needed to be taught in schools. Sign language needs to be taught with the same importance and respect as foreign languages, such as French and German, which are consistently taught in schools. This deaf section of society is isolated and needs to be included and respected. Our society would benefit greatly from sign language being taught in schools, enabling a large group of members of society being able to communicate and be included in the everyday running of society and their lives made much easier. A bond in society would be created, which currently does not exist and so bringing sections in society much closer. Future generations would be able to communicate with the deaf, creating sign language to no longer be unique but rather a way of communicating with ease. It is my desire in life to get sign language taught in schools and I urge all head teachers, governors and all in the education system to get yours and other schools teaching sign language. I urge you all to consider this situation and what it could achieve, if sign was taught in schools, both to those individuals like my sister and society as a whole. Let sign shine and get it taught in schools.
Petition to Justine Greening
Introduce Sign Language into the National Curriculum
When one starts suffering from severe hearing loss, only then for vast majority of people start to learn sign language, which for some may soon be there only form of communication. Many, people have felt that this late process could easily be avoided, if sign language was a promoted form of communication and promoted at a young age, via being taught in schools and being a part of the national curriculum. Sign language is a universal language, possessing no language barriers, unlike spoken language. Yet, many people who suffer from severe hearing impediments, have expressed feeling more isolated nor only due to their aliment but the lack of communication or availability to discuss or even communicate with their loved ones, as according to the BSL if not learnt in time it may lead to more isolation, yet if it was implemented in would effectively combat this in a highly effective means, as only 250,000 can currently sign across the UK. With this petition, sign language would be introduced into primary school education, in which everyone is taught the basic communications skills for sign language, this would also help children in several other ways, as it would be able to teach children of different disabilities, but also would help to reduce ignorance as through these targeted lessons, children would learn that hearing loss does not make anyone different on the inside, an in turn would aid to tackle peer pressure and bullying and improve social awareness, as currently more than 45,000 children, experience temporary hearing loss Whilst as a general population more than 11 million people have a form of hearing loss, and it is estimated that by 2035 there will be 15.6 million people with hearing loss, with more than 900,000 people are severely/profoundly deaf. With 24,000 people using sign language as their main language 6.7 million people benefit from hearing aids. Ten year average to address hearing loss.
Petition to Theresa May MP, UK Parliament
Bring sign language to our schools
I know this might not be important to some people but its important to me that i know my son is getting the best chance in education. The deaf community is growing all the time, are you able to communicate with a deaf person? What if someone came up to.you needing help but you can't sign? Would it not be a lot better for your kids to learn sign rather than french or German? I hope by the time my profoundly deaf son is in school there is going to be a lot more people who can communicate with him than there is now. .
Petition to David Cameron MP, Global Partnership for Education
Bring sign language into education
In every secondary school , children and teens are taught an extra language. Either French,German or Spanish normally. Yet how many of them children will grow up and need to go abroad and tell someone what job their mother does for a living? Or what they do on holiday? Isn't it more beneficial for teenagers to be learning how to understand and talk to those who cannot hear or speak? Not everyone will go or work abroad but everyone can become deaf.
Petition to CBBC Newsround - The Editor, BBC
Please provide signed version of your daily online bulletins
Understanding current affairs allows everyone to participate actively in the world. It allows individuals to build informed opinions and engage in healthy debates with their peers, friends and family members. It prepares them for their journey in life and exposes them to cultural life. Deaf children who communicate in BSL need access to current affairs to keep up with their counterparts, especially as many deaf children are mainstreamed with limited interaction within social conversations. Unfortunately, they often do not have access - missing so much dialogue in noisy speech-dominant classrooms etc, signing deaf children find themselves quite removed from engaging in current affairs. CBBC Newsround broadcasts daily on television and also airs daily bulletins on its website. Whilst subtitles are enormously valuable, for bulletins like Newsround this is particularly challenging for deaf children with literacy issues. We firmly believe that latest technology can be harnessed to give deaf children access to, for example, at least one daily bulletin presented by a deaf person qualified in BSL. Drip Media is proposing this service to support over 40,000 deaf children nationwide. As well as hearing siblings of deaf children, many hearing children are enjoying sign language classes, including in after school clubs. They, too, would benefit from being exposed to this medium, which would support their learning about deaf people and our culture. Two example videos can be seen at: 1) https://vimeo.com/107747998 - Longer version 01/10/2014 2) https://vimeo.com/104099143 - Shorter version 22/08/2014 #SIGNcbbcNewsround Endorsements received to date… There are over 45,000 deaf children across the UK and it is important that they have the same access to news and current affairs and the same opportunities to be as informed about the world around them as any other child. For deaf children who use sign language, this means providing content in sign language. The National Deaf Children’s Society therefore supports all work to widen access to all deaf children, including those who use sign language. National Deaf Children’s Society (www.ndcs.org.uk) We back this very important and overdue campaign, the lack of access to the news for deaf children who communicate in BSL is depressing. Access to the news in BSL should be a fundamental right for deaf children who communicate in BSL. Appropriately qualified and skilled interpreters is not guaranteed in schools across the country because of all the cuts that are taking place, having the news delivered by qualified BSL signers will ensure all deaf children who communicate in BSL have consistent access to the news every day from qualified signers. Deaf Parents Deaf Children (http://deafparentsdeafchildren.co.uk) CODA UK and Ireland are happy to support … that CBBC online videos be presented in BSL as well for the benefit of hearing children with Deaf parents. CODA UK and Ireland(www.codaukireland.co.uk) The British Deaf Association (BDA) is passionate about seeing more deaf children using sign language in mainstream schools. We strongly believe that this sign language promotion campaign will result in an increased number of children and families embracing the language and wanting to learn more. We also hope it will lead to more schools accepting BSL as one of the modern languages. This will increase inclusion and equality and reduce communication barriers at home and in schools. British Deaf Association(www.bda.org.uk) The Northern Ireland Deaf Youth Association (NIDYA) fully endorses this campaign. Deaf children and young people today lack to information in their preferred language; British Sign Language including following daily current affairs on television. We strongly believe the inclusion of translated British Sign Language current affairs will enable more deaf children to be more aware of the world we live in today. It will also encourage deaf children to debate, have a say in local and national politics and become active citizens. Northern Ireland Deaf Youth Assoication(http://www.nidya.org) 'I wholeheartedly support this important campaign to ensure deaf signing children have equal access to children's news bulletins'. Dr. Ros HermanCity University London Children’s TV needs to be accessible to all including Newsround! Hamilton Lodge School (http://www.hamiltonls.co.uk) “Deaf children need the same level of access to information and news that their hearing peers are fortunate enough to enjoy. Most deaf children take longer to learn to read than hearing children (due to not being able to hear spoken English) and, so, may struggle with adult speed subtitles. Editing subtitles to the speed a child can read them leads to some details being missed out, whereas deaf children can receive the full version through BSL at the speed that hearing children listen to spoken English.” Purple Porpoise Deaf Literacy (www.deaf-literacy.co.uk) Deaf children have increased attachment disorder, language delay, and behavioral problems as a result of lack of access to British Sign Language – the only British language that is effortlessly accessible to them. ANY BSL provision on mainstream media benefits them not only by making that information directly accessible, but significantly also by introducing hearing children to a second language they would not otherwise see. A second language benefits ALL children, and yet we waste precious curriculum time in primary on Ancient Egyptians and Dinosaurs. If hearing children were encouraged to learn BSL, the increase in psychological and physical well-being of deaf children would be extraordinary. The academic attainment of both deaf AND HEARING children would also improve due to the proven benefits of having a brain that can process two languages. Dr Jim Cromwell AFBPsS Clinical Psychologist Exeter Deaf Academy (http://www.exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk) Action Deafness is delighted to provide this endorsement for this campaign because it believes that Deaf children and young people deserve having adequate access to information in our indigenous British Sign Language alongside their hearing peers in following news bulletins via Newsround. This petition should reflect on the fact that Deaf children and young people have equal status in every day news, information and politics and at the same time encouraging them to be become proactive and responsible citizens in the world we live in today and in future. Action Deafness(http://www.actiondeafness.org.uk)