Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

Have you noticed some programs that are on TV have a sign language interpreter on the bottom of the screen and they have subtitles as well, or at least the option to turn subtitles on (teletext 888, etc)?

When you select subtitles they are written in English, whereas the sign language interpreters you see on the TV are signing in British Sign Language (BSL).

BSL and English are not the same.

The grammatical rules of BSL are completely different to the rules of English. BSL is a visual/spatial language, which is governed by its own grammatical rules using hand shapes, hand movements and facial expressions to convey meaning.

Not all deaf people know how to sign e.g. people who were born with hearing would learn English as their first language. If they subsequently lose their hearing through an accident, illness or old age - they have no knowledge of BSL and would prefer using language they have already acquired, namely English. Whereas people who are born deaf and are part of the Deaf community will more than likely learn and use BSL as their first and preferred language.

The importance of deaf awareness by service providers, is to realise there is no one solution for all when it comes to deaf communication needs.

Have a good day.

Spencer Clark

Helping Businesses and Deaf people work better together.
Visit us at www.texbox.co.uk

Neil "video podcast" Fairbrother

neil-fairbrother-19849

Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

"as a sensory impairement, deafness does appear to me (and other colleagues and acquaintances) to be less catered for than other physical disabilities." on mainstream TV absolutely which is why we thought we'd give it a go. And why we want to continue doing so. Give me a call on 07866 673365 Cheers Neil www.pod3.tv TV for the 21st Century

0 comments

Neil "video podcast" Fairbrother

neil-fairbrother-19849

Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

We started to add BSL to our webTV shows. Maybe there aren't that many deaf folk that garden, as we used our popular gardening shows shows first, but viewing figures are minimal. We promoted through Ecad and the deaf community and general PR too. If you can help us increase the viewing figures for these shows, we have a stronger case to put to sponsors to continue to add BSL to all our shows. However, BSL is just one of several sign launguages, as far as I understand it. Our audience is global so we'd have to add US sign language - and also subtitleing too as hard of hearing isn't the same as deaf and (I'm given to understand) don't learn to sign. So it's all down to numbers at the end of the day. Cheers Neil www.pod3.tv TV for the 21st Century

1 comments

Simeon Quarrie

simeon-quarrie-38550

Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

I direct a BSL costume drama every year. I have just spent 2 weeks filming one. Finished last week. Many of the deaf cast don't read. Some could speak to a varing degrees. However it's no good for a deaf person to understand. It's a deaf to hearing communication. It's a shame there are more BSL films out there. Though I may consider launching a BSL video site at some stage. Simeon Quarrie Visual Bride http://www.visualbride.co.uk Wedding Video and Photographer Search Wedding Videos London - Wedding Photographers London - Wedding Videos Wales - Wedding Videos Northern Ireland - Wedding Videos Ireland - Wedding Videos East Anglia

0 comments

Fay Olinsky

personalchef-34218

Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

Perhaps a control to turn the signers off and on TV programmes would help? That way everyone can benefit. It is very hard to concentrate with some of the signers...not so much with the hands but certainly with some facial expressions! I watch signers at my church often and they don't make anywhere near the number and style of facial gestures....is it a form of conveying shouting, like capital letters in blogs? My deaf friend has an implant now and is doing very well with it. let's hope progress can be made quickly so all deaf people can hear decently soon. F A Personal Chef for your Special Event Dinner Is Served club moderator, you are welcome to join

1 comments

Spencer Clark

spencerclark-47366

Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

Hi Linda, I was going to add a blog at a later date explaining the big 'D' and little 'd' deaf communities, and as your experience shows there is by far no one approach for all. My sister also attended a school that was rather over zealous with their control on how she and her deaf friends should communicate. She is both BSL and oral, however her preferred language is BSL. In answer to your questions: BSL is the preferred language of around 50,000 people. There are nearly 9 million people in the UK who suffer from some degree of deafness. About 698,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf. Another 450,000 of them are severely or profoundly deaf and cannot hear well enough to use a voice telephone. 'Deafened' people (people born hearing) make up an estimated 123,000 people in the UK. Cheers Spencer Helping Businesses and Deaf people work better together. Visit us at www.texbox.co.uk

0 comments

Linda Zack

lindazack-94337

Not all Deaf children learn BSL

Hi Spencer, I've been profoundly deaf since 8 weeks old due to infection damaging the inner ears. Yet my parents sent me to a school for deaf children where they specialised in teaching them to communicate orally in English with the help of hearing aids plus any assistive technology available ( back in the 60's they were cumbersome body aids and wired amplified headphone systems- God they were so heavy we had to prop up our little heads with our hands under our chins!) The philosophy at that school was that Deaf BSL users become part of a cultural and limiting community in terms of opportunity and largely segregated from the "hearing" world, so sign language was frowned upon and "forbidden" - this was reinforced by strong discipline and mild corporal punishment. ( Wonder what would social services & OFsted would make of that nowadays! ;-0). The upshot of this is that although 'Deaf' from birth,I identify myself as culturally 'deafened' by the virtue that I communicate in English by speech and writing. I did attempt to learn BSL as a young adult, but because I was wholly interacting with hearing people in my family, and at work, I wasn't able to consolidate my learning and any BSL I learnt has faded away through lack of use. :-( Spencer, can you tell me how many BSL users there are in the UK and what are the official number of profoundly 'deafened' people. Linda Sleep Care-For Good Nights and Better Days--Click here to get a fr*ee report,"Twenty Ways to a Great Night's Sleep" E:lrzack@sleepcare.co.uk See my blogs at: http://sleepcare.blogspot.com Join us Join my club Sleep Problems

0 comments

Ebru Ulufer

ebruulufer-142322

Why do deaf people need Signing and Subtitles on TV?

Thank you for this information Spencer. I have recently thought about this question myself and wondered what the reason could be. Now I know :-) Ebru

0 comments