The Chair of the APPG, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, has secured a three hour debate on deafness and hearing loss which will take place in Westminster Hall between 1:30-4:30 on Thursday 30th November. This is a general debate and MPs will be free to discuss any issue connected to deafness and hearing loss.

ASLi members can read more about this on the ASLI All members group.


Important information about NRCPD’s requirements regarding the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Important information about NRCPD’s requirements regarding the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)


We have received a number of queries from registered practitioners about the DBS enhanced disclosure , which NRCPD currently requires for registration. We are being advised that the DBS is now refusing to provide enhanced disclosure to registrants,  on the basis that the current legislation does not allow for this. DBS is advising that registrants should instead be making an application for a standard disclosure check.

We have now looked into this, and can confirm that we are in error to request enhanced disclosure; and that application for  a standard disclosure would be appropriate.  In the circumstances, with immediate effect,  NRCPD will accept confirmation that you have a standard disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service that is less than three years old, for the purposes of registration.


If you believe that your professional practice means that you meet the current legislation’s requirements for  enhanced disclosure, please check this with the DBS.  It is your responsibility to seek enhanced disclosure if you believe this is necessary  to ensure you are legally compliant. The following link may be useful in this respect:

EdSign Lectures: Monday 20 November

Seeing “Sorry/Grateful” : sign language poetry techniques embedded in artistic sign language translations

Danny McDougall

When: Monday, 20th November 2017, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Where: Paterson’s Land, room LG34, Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh.

BSL / English interpretation will be provided

Danny is an acclaimed ASL theatre interpreter and translator. This talk will discuss a specific translation he did of the song ‘Sorry/Grateful’ from the musical Company – see the translation here:

Danny will talk about the poetry techniques that were used, and discuss the results of a focus group where he asked Deaf people about the translation.


Please check for updates:

Website: www. edsignlectures .com/

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Twitter: Email: edsignlectures@gmail.


Registration for the upcoming efsli Winter school, is NOW open!

efsli is delighted to inform you that registration for the upcoming efsli Winter school, hosted by SDENG in Thessaloniki (Greece), is NOW open!

The training focuses on interpreting in educational settings and is open to deaf and hearing sign language interpreters interested in this topic and to other professionals who work with interpreters in educational settings.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us from 24th to 26th November 2017 and learn, practice and enrich your experience in Thessaloniki with us! Those who register will get a 50% discount voucher for one of the next 2018 efsli schools of their choice.

For further information, please browse our training webpage at:

You can register online here:

Please fill in the registration form and pay your fee the same day.

Registration deadline is 6th November 2017.

If you still have any further questions about the training, please contact us at:

efsli and SDENG are looking forward to welcoming you in Greece!

Best regards,
The efsli team

Calling all Sign Language Teachers – your support is needed

A new Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) will be published this autumn by the Council of Europe. We would like to have sign languages included in this new edition of the CEFR! We have already done the required works here at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur. We have gathered all necessary data empirically during the last 2 years (data = descriptors for language competences in sign language).

For information on this in International Sign please follow this link:

Aim: Calibration of descriptors
The final aim now (in September 17) is that as many sign language (SL) teachers as possible participate in calibrating (=judging) these descriptors. This is necessary for the statistical validation. Without such a calibration, sign languages will not be not included in the new CEFR.

We face a problem however: we don’t know a sufficient number of sign language teachers in Europe (or elsewhere). Therefore, we are looking for SL teachers who are willing to participate (regardless of which country they are from).

For every participant, we need a name with an e-mail as point of contact. We will then send an e-mail to the person giving them access to the survey data with videos showing the descriptors in sign language. The survey is anonymous. The descriptors are available in International Sign and Swiss-German Sign Language.

If you yourself are willing to participate simply send an e-mail to Aline: She collects the mail-addresses for the survey.
· If you know other sign language instructors, please forward this e-mail to them or send us the contact list (do as you prefer).

The survey takes place in September and must finish early October, so the time is rather tight…
We believe we can take the reins and aim for equality of signed and spoken languages now.

This is a unique chance that spoken languages and sign languages are treated equally in an international standard. This promotes the political recognition of sign languages in all European
countries and creates the basis for the profession “sign language teacher”. We must not wait for our children to do it…

Best regards
Dawei Ni, Patty Shores, Jörg Keller, Aline Meili, Petrea Bürgin and Sandra Sidler-Miserez

Aline Meili

CEFR for Sign Languages Project
Zurich University of Applied Sciences
School of Applied Linguistics
LCC Language Competence Centre
Theaterstr. 17
P.O. Box
CH-8401 Winterthur