British Sign Language or BSL is the first language of more than 50,000 deaf 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 registered Sign Language Interpreters (RSLI’s), who have a passion for delivering a professional and accurate service to our deaf clients.
We specialise in short notice/emergency situations.
We also provide International Sign Language, Irish Sign Language and Romanian Sign Language.
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.
A notetaker will compile a summary of a meeting, lecture or event. Manual notetakers take handwritten notes which offer a useful account for a Deaf person to read from after the event. Electronic notetakers work via a computer and type a précis of all that is said in the room of which the client can read via a linked computer. This is not a word for word account, which Speech to Text Reporting provides.
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 are then able to be read on a larger screen. A speech to text reporter can produce a word to word account of what is being said at 200 words a minute, they will also add in little extra like ‘applause’ or ‘laughter’ so the deaf person can also get a feel for what the atmosphere is like.