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By Fiona Reid
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Demand for sign language classes

MORE sign language classes are to be held in Moffat due to demand.

Resident Fiona Stewart, who is herself deaf, will lead the four sessions, starting on the evening of Wednesday May 17 and also running the 24 and 31 and June 7.

It comes after she hosted a successful initial introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) course earlier this year, attended by 50 people.
It was initiated by Catherine Jackson, whose children wanted to learn BSL.
She said: “The class was so popular that we ended up running two groups, both over four sessions. And there’s still a waiting list and requests for us to run more.”
And Fiona added: “The first sign I was asked for was ‘Moffat’ but Moffat doesn’t have a sign name so we created our own, inspired by Moffat toffee.”
During the course, students also learnt about deaf awareness, including other means of supporting the deaf community, such as use of subtitles and being face to face.
Fiona said: “When people think about accessibility, they often think about wheelchair access, but there are many other ways to make a town accessible, including better signage and becoming deaf aware.”
To find out more about the forthcoming sessions, search for the ‘BSL in Moffat’ group on Facebook.

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