SignHealth have teamed up with InterpreterNow to provide a solution, to fill the gaps in BSL interpreter provision in health settings and provide on demand BSL interpreting when it’s really needed.
SignHealth has agreed to pay for the service so that it can begin immediately. Deaf people cannot wait.
When people wear PPE it makes communication and lip-reading impossible and Deaf people are being left frustrated and isolated. We need to be able to communicate with doctors and nurses.
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Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust have made changes to some of the services that they offer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries
(See below an excerpt from a blog of a West Berkshire Reception Teacher)
'Despite this, I still worry. I worry about the vulnerable children. I worry about the children who don’t really understand the current situation and I worry about the children on the edge of understanding a new concept, whose parents might not be able to support them because they are a key worker.'
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