One of the activities at appa me ltd is teaching. We teach hearing people British Sign Language (BSL) to foster communication and accesibilty between hearing and Deaf communities. There already plenty of issues surrounding this, such as lack of the current lack of a GCSE in BSL (see Independant article) or even the recognition of BSL as a National Language. Something that Scotland has already achieved.
Those issues above are a signal smoke of a much broader malaise in accessiblity and equality of oppertunity in our society. It’s an issue that has stuck us here at appa. Aside from teaching hearing people how to use BSL we also teach Deaf people. We currently have 2 fully qualified, registered sign language interpreters who are fully qualified to teach adults. We have a range of training programs ready to go to teach deaf people to be trainers and educators themselves. And, in the future plan to add more course such as fire safety, health and safety, first aid, computer literacy. All of this delivered to Deaf people in thier native language.
At Gallaudet, deafness isn’t an issue. You don’t even think about it. Students can pay attention to accounting or psychology or journalism. But when a deaf person goes to another college, no matter how supportive it is, that person doesn’t get the same access. I. King Jordan
- Be qaulified at the topic and level to be taught.
- Be qualified at teaching at the required level.
- Set up teaching centre and administration that can deliver and organise this teaching.
- Prove to an examination board, that is approved by the regulator Ofqual, that your course matches the standards set by Qfqual. (ironically wikipedia explains Ofqual better than they explain themselves)