Lighthouse Parents & Families
We offer family signing sessions on request, as well as a parents' lending library of BSL dictionaries, books, BSL topic flashcards, and communication fans (symbols). If you would like to talk to your teacher of the deaf about sign language support or want to find out more about our lending library, please write a message in your child's home-school book. You are also very welcome to call the school or contact Lucy Richardson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning British Sign Language
There are many great resources on-line to help you get started with some BSL basics.
Click here for a free BSL dictionary.
Click here for a helpful beginner's course that you can study at your own pace (£19.99 fee).
Click here for free on-line clips of BSL topic words such as family names, colours, and numbers.
The following links also give full information about two BSL training providers in the Surrey and Hampshire area:
A local charity, Chloe's and Sophie's Special Ears Fund [CSSEF], can offer grants to help support parents wanting to learn to sign. Please click here to see further information.
Support Groups & Events for Families
Surrey Deaf Children's Society provides support and advice to parents of deaf children, as well as regular opportunities to meet other families for some great days out or just a coffee and chat. Click here to link to their website.
The National Deaf Children's Society also holds events for parents and families in the South East, gives information about different aspects of deafness, and can support and advise parents. Click here to link to their website.