British Sign Language
British Sign Language or BSL is the first language of more than 50,000 Deaf and hard of hearing people in the United Kingdom. Signs, body movements and facial expressions all work together to produce a unique visual language with its own structure and grammar. As of 2003, BSL is now a recognised language in its own right and is independent of spoken English. As a Deaf Communication Specialist, we have a team of fully qualified and registered Sign Language Interpreters (RSLI’s), who have a passion for delivering a professional and accurate service to our Deaf and hard of hearing clients.
We specialise in short notice/emergency situations.
We also provide International Sign Language, Irish Sign Language and Romanian Sign Language.
Deaf Relay Interpreters
When a Deaf client has specific or complex language needs they will need a Deaf Relay Interpreter. The client requiring a Deaf Relay Interpreter may have learning disabilities, mental health problems or use rare signs or what is described as “grassroots Deaf”. A Deaf Relay Interpreter will ensure that the client fully understands the dialogue being communicated. Many “grassroots Deaf” people have a complex BSL structure mixed in with issues of understanding even basic concepts.
Speech To Text Reporter - STTR
A Speech to Text reporter will input what is being said into a computer that uses a specially adapted shorthand keyboard. This is then converted into full, structured English sentences. These sentences then appear on a larger screen so that they can easily be read by the service user. A Speech to Text reporter can produce a word for word account of what is being said at a speed of 200 words per minute. They will also add in little extras such as ‘applause’ or ‘laughter’ to help the Deaf/hard of hearing person get a feel for what the atmosphere is like.
Lip Speaking & Lip Reading
Lip Speaking & Lip Reading Lip Speakers are language professionals who will reproduce words, that have been said, using very clear lip patterns.
Lip Speakers are used when Deaf/hard of hearing clients are unable to see or get close enough to the speaker.
Lip Readers are trained professionals who are able to give a voice to a person who is only able to produce mouth movements. This may be someone who has lost their voice or someone who has a medical condition and is unable to produce spoken words.