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Family Sign Language Weekends

Since 2014, Exeter Deaf Academy has offered free Family Sign Language Weekends for families, friends and professionals that may know or work with a Deaf child.

Qualified and experienced Deaf Academy staff trainers deliver the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) accredited Family Sign Language course in an inclusive and friendly environment. Split over two days, a crèche, lunch and accommodation for families travelling from far away is also provided.

The weekend sessions are a fantastic opportunity for families, friends and professionals to learn essential communication tools, tips and build vocabulary to help support their Deaf child’s development in home settings. 

The sessions are led by Academy BSL Teacher Nikki James in partnership with Complex Learning lead Karma Stocks. Nikki is a native BSL user, and delivers a fun and engaging weekend, which consistently receives positive reviews from attendees.

"The weekend was informal and relaxed, and very informative. We covered lots of signs and some Deaf culture. All the family really enjoyed it, and I would absolutely recommend it."

- Emma, January 2018 attendee.


We will announce the next Family Sign Language weekend on this page, and also on our social media: Facebook and Twitter or email info@exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk to find out more.