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Friday, 24 June 2016

How Do You Support Deaf Students In Exams?

Exams, just the word alone is enough to drive fear and anxiety. Not many of us enjoy them (Unless perhaps you’re a constant A* student) but with a good schedule, containing revision, a rest, something to eat and a well-deserved break, you will certainly feel more relaxed and confident.

Exams are a pressured based system and can be the finale of 1, 2, 3 or even more years of work! There is a lot of pressure for students to pass and progress in their desired career and a lot of hoops to get through to get to your desired destination and this applies to hearing & deaf students alike.

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With:

- Regulations (Subject to change each year)

- The Candidate (Progressing from a learner to a candidate in the final exam)

- The Person In The AA (Access Arrangement) role (With Preparation starting at the beginning of term)

- The Examinations Staff

- The Exam Itself 


All having a big impact on the experience for a deaf candidate and their chances of obtaining the result they deserve. The question may not make sense on its own, such as needing to fill in a blank space. This then needs to be effectively interpreted to a deaf student.

It is vital that in your role supporting a deaf candidate that you provide fair access to the exam whilst maintaining the rigour of the exam. Regulations must be followed, however universities are not covered, with some having access arrangements and some not. Online examinations will lack the support facilities and structure needed as questions cannot be seen beforehand. On the other hand written exams (The more traditional sense) allow for the support worker the ability to see the exam an hour before it is due to take place, giving them time to digest the questions.

What Different Roles Are There In Place For Deaf Candidates?

Sign Language Interpreter and Oral Language Modifier
  
As you can see the main 2 support workers are a Sign Language Interpreter (SLI) and Oral Language Modifier (OLM). The candidate is only assigned a OLM if they have taken part in an English test and got below the minimum requirement. However, the role of an OLM is disliked by regulators and the awarding bodies but not those who actually perform the role. The role has been made much stricter over the years, as the regulators are trying to cut down on spending and may eventually eradicate it. Some OLMs have changed words such as ‘decay’ to ‘die’ which could hinder a deaf candidates chances of success, this doesn’t give those in charge the confidence of good access/support.

If you want to find out more about what exactly a Oral Language Modifier is go to http://ciea.co.uk here you will find a one-day workshop that will teach you all about what an OLM is and how to undertake the workshop and work towards becoming a registered OLM. If you google Oral Language Modifier Handbook you will find all the resources that you need to know about an OLM. There is another known accredited course, this one is an online training course, which can be found at https://www.communicate-ed.org.uk/courses/oral-language-modifier-accredited-training

Another webpage that offer helpful information is adept (Association of Deaf Education Professionals & Trainees) – www.adeptuk.co.uk

Advice

Do Not Look At The Candidate’s Answers


Cheating in an exam

A communication professional may feel disappointed if they see their candidate’s answers may indicate they will fail. They may feel responsible and seek to rectify it. They may suggest that certain answers be checked and amended. You must not do this!

Make A Glossary With Spellings & Meanings To Be Reinforced & Repeated Through The Course


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This will lead the learner (And future candidate) with the spelling of key words. It also helps any staff who may be covering for the communication professional. The candidate must not see this glossary during the exam.

What If A Candidate Cheats?


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The communication professional must act immediately, if they wait until after the exam then it will be impossible to do anything. Once the candidates have left the room and all evidence has been taken away, nothing can be proved.

Inform the invigilator of any wrongdoings, doing so as confidentially as possible so to avoid a scene and ruin the environment for all candidates. Write a note containing all the details of the infringement and give it to the invigilator as soon as possible and as confidential as possible. If you think something has happened but you are unsure again pass a note onto the invigilator and ask them to monitor the situation.

What If There Is No Invigilator?

The communication professional must not support the candidate. Staff in AA roles have strict policies that state they must not work alone in exams, make sure you are never alone. Insist there is an invigilator present throughout.

What If I’m Asked To Support Multiple Candidates At The Same Time?

Whilst you may be asked to, in practice it is a very difficult scenario and not feasible or fair to assume such a role.

However, there may not be anyone else and if you say no the exam cannot go on. In this scenario make sure all the candidates are stationed near each other, so you are not rushing around the room.
Ask for an extra paper for each candidate so you can track their pace and ensure you are ready for their stage of the exam.

It is possible that one candidate will eat up a lot of time, so should another candidate acquire your attention respond immediately to give them a fair opportunity.

You may be undertaking different roles for different candidates, therefore make a note of what your AA role is so you don’t make a mistake. Once you’ve got through and made the best out of a bad situation, make sure you review it so that future exams and situations run more smoothly and appropriately.

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Keep A Look Out…..


I hope you have found this information interesting but most of all useful!

If this domain specific content is of interest to you, then keep a look out for our future content here at terptree. We have some very exciting content coming that we think you’ll be interested in!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Deaf Friendly Scouting Guide

I’m sure we’ve all heard of scouts/beavers or whatever variation you may know it as and I’m sure a lot of us have also taken part as a child and young adult!

It can sure be fun collecting your badges and hanging out with friends, even when it’s wet and muddy it’s not going to stop us having fun! Everyone is welcome to their local club and everyone tends to love the environment and social aspects.

But many members of staff within a scout group may never have come across a deaf child or young adult and thus may be unaware at how easy it is to equally include them in all activities and aspects of the group.

Therefore, we have taken inspiration from The Scout Association (http://scouts.org.uk/home/) to provide you with a post detailing all that you can do to ensure deaf youngsters have just as great a time as everyone else!

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So How Do You Make Scouts Accessible For Deaf People?

- Plan Your Programme To Include Them In All Activities


Now we know you probably already plan the activities and how the day is going to pan out. But it may be safe to say there are times when the plan is to just let the day flow and everyone will know what is expected of them, like at lunch for example. Ensuring the day and all activities are mapped out meaning that the children know what’s happening next, this can be especially helpful for a deaf child.

- Ensure All Your Discussions Are Accessible

Something as simple as changing the format of how everyone is positioned can have a massive impact on how a deaf person can access the talk. For example, having people positioned in a circle allows deaf people to more easily see everyone and makes the conversations work better back and forth. Then having all the scouts lined up facing the leaders, makes it easier for deaf people to lip read and identify who is talking.

- Allow Them The Choice

Like with all young people, and anyone in-fact, you should never force anyone to do something they are uncomfortable with. Simple ask if they wish to take part. If they wish to, awesome now just to make sure they enjoy themselves. If they don’t wish to take part, just ensure someone is there to keep an eye on those not taking part.

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- Safety Precautions

When planning it is vital you take into the fact the support or facilities a deaf person may need. For example if a fire alarm goes off, they won’t be able to hear it so will need visual queues such as flashing lights. Also when sleeping they again wouldn’t hear the alarm so positioning them nearer the doors so they can easily be alerted in case of a fire.

During activities it is likely they will be unable to hear in certain situations, such as when rafting or rock climbing, so working out exactly what to do, such as cues, in these situations is key to keeping them safe and reducing any worry.

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- Keep Everyone Active

It is likely any deaf people attending scouts will be lip-reading throughout the events, therefore keeping things moving and active is key. Constantly having to concentrate on a speaker’s lips can get tiring, so if there isn’t going to be an activity for a while, it is important to have regular breaks to give everyone a chance to recharge their batteries.

Also what child or young adult wants to be sitting around for too long listening to someone talk? Clearly map put what is happening, explaining the processes etc and move swiftly on to the fun activities, everyone will thank you!

- Communication Is Key

You don’t have to be able to know Sign language to communicate with a deaf person. For starters who says they know Sign Language either?! People will have varying levels of hearing and understanding of a hearing environment. One deaf person may notice the change in speaker and gather the information from their environment as where to turn next for information, whereas another deaf person may be completely unaware the conversation has moved on or there are a new set of instructions.

Therefore generating cues for deaf Scouts that need them such as gentle tapping them on the shoulder, redirecting their attention elsewhere. This will reduce confusion in the individuals and help them better understanding what is happening, in turn giving them the full access they are entitled to.

Deaf communication










We hope you have found this information helpful and if you want more resources as how to make scouts accessible for all young deaf people click here >> http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/440/deaffriendly-scouting?moduleID=10&cat=377,293,294

There you can download a deaf-friendly scouting guide.

If there are any topics/issues you’d like us to discuss let us know.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Deaf Friendly Schools Guide


There’s no doubt that your school years can certainly be a challenging time, growing up can be difficult but it can also contain some of the best times of your life!

Who remembers your first day at school? Daunting right!
Who remembers privilege time (or whatever your free time to do what you wanted once a week was called)? Awesome right!
Or messing about in class with your friends. We know it’s not good practice, but we’ve all done it! (Come on admit it!)

The fact of the matter is, whether you loved it or you hated it, school is an integral part of a child’s development and the start of their journey into adolescent, which help to form their views on the world and themselves.

So you’ve got to get the school environment spot on!


Every child deserves the right to an education and to feel safe and included whilst at school. If you’re working in education you no doubt want to positively impact every student’s life.
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There are specially equipped schools where the staff receive in-depth training on how to look after disabled students and staff of mainstream schools will also receive various training on how to accommodate disabled students, kept up-to-date.

But What If They’re deaf?

As you’ll know, deaf peoples’ communication methods range widely from those who use British Sign Language (BSL), those who use speech and those in between.

There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. So as you can see it’s very crucial to consider how to meet the needs of deaf children or a large young population could feel isolated at school. For a school, this can be a huge challenge - learning how to meet the needs of a deaf child within the class and make the environment as accessible and inclusive as possible.

So How Do I Best Support A deaf Child?

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We have compiled together a list of six helpful hints to make the school environment more comfortable and accessible for all deaf children:

1. Keep Both The Students & Staff Informed 
The school day starts at 9:00am, well at least the lessons do! So with that in mind, you know that 20 minutes or during registration and assemblies etc inform your students and staff on important matters.

2. You Could Simply Take 10 Minutes In The Morning Everyday Practicing Sign Language

When you have your staff meetings, inform them of the need to make the environment suitable for deaf people. Like with most people, we tend to only make changes once we’re directly affected by it, but if you make the necessary changes beforehand you’ll reap the rewards, improve your reputation, learn vital skills and give greater inclusion to all!

3. Providing The Staff With Deaf Awareness Training

This will go a long way to improving access to information and inclusion for deaf people and it doesn’t look half bad on a CV either!

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When you have year and whole school assemblies, take the time to let your students know about deafness. Educate them in bite-size chunks and let them know how they can help their deaf peers.

4. Workshops For Teachers & Students

Every school and student will have a timetable but there are always sections that don’t follow a direct pattern.

Once a week or so you could refresh your student and even teachers understanding and awareness of deaf people’s needs. You could hire a deaf teacher or someone with vast experience in the field, on a temporary basis, to come in and create better awareness for the whole school. Making it fun with games, prizes and much more!

Teaching Sign Language















5. Learn Some Sign Language

Not all deaf people will use Sign Language but it is vital you educate your students & staff on the language for those who do. Children are naturally more inquisitive and willing to give things a go than us adults. So use this to your advantage and teach the children these skills in a fun and engaging way, through topics and songs.

As mentioned earlier, maybe take the time regularly throughout the week to learn a bit of Sign Language. There are plenty of resources that can make it fun and aimed at primary school level. Just learning a few simple Signs such as hello, goodbye and how are you, can make a deaf person feel far happier and included whilst in the school environment.

Also it’s vital you provide the support that a deaf person, or anyone else for that matter, may need. So if a deaf family wish to have a school visit and they require a Sign Language Interpreter, ensure the process is as smooth as possible to make them feel they are getting a great service. Not all deaf people require a Sign Language Interpreter but they may need a notetaker, lipspeaker etc. Make sure you provide the Sign Language Interpreting Agency (like terptree with as much information as possible to ensure the right support is provided.
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6. Ensure The Necessary Features Are In Place

When there’s a fire you there is right? You can’t exactly miss it, with the fire alarming beeping constantly alerting you to the danger.

If you’re deaf however you may not know this, if you can’t hear how are you supposed to know? Just follow everyone else? Of course not!

Putting in place the likes of flashing beacons to signify a fire alarm will help alert deaf people of a fire alarm going off, making sure they clearly understand the procedure that takes placing during such an event.

Pagers should also be considered when the deaf child is older and is more independent so if they’re alone, going to a classroom, in the toilets, they can also be alerted.

Asking the deaf person what language they’d like to communicate in and allowing them full usage of said form of communication. If you’re in a primary school environment, having a Sign Language version to accommodate the English alphabet and words that are likely scattered over the walls etc is a great gesture to give greater inclusion to deaf people.

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A nice short insight into some small changes that can dramatically improve a deaf child's access to education!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Deaf Friendly Teaching Guide

Teaching can always be a challenge but preparation is key!

Whether you’re teaching in:

-          Primary School
-          Junior School
-          Secondary School
-          And so on

It is vital to provide access and understanding for your students. So what do you do if you have deaf students?

Well firstly don’t panic, no dramatic changes are needed and even just the basics of deaf awareness will be efficient enough to provide a great environment for deaf students.

Our friends over at National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have created a very helpful video entitled ‘Tips for teaching deaf children with a mild hearing loss’ -


5 Tips For Teaching Children With A Mild Hearing Loss

 1.       Reduce Background Noise

-          Close any doors and windows that are not in use
-          Turn off any unused equipment
Reduce Background Noise


2.     Ensure They Can Read Your Lips

If you're hearing, what's some of the obstacles you face when trying to speak to someone?

Perhaps people walking away whilst talking to you and into another room, making it a challenge since you can't hear through walls!
Maybe it's the different range of accents or lack of 'Insert spoken language here'?

Well if you're deaf it is crucial you can read the lips of the speaker, to help do this you can:

-     Ensure the room is well lit
-     Position any deaf students near the front so they can easily see the teacher

Good lighting

3.     Make Sure You Get Their Attention

If you're deaf you don't always know when someone is talking or when they are talking to you. As a teacher you can help the student by:

-    Getting their attention before talking to them, a simple wave or tap on the table should suffice

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4.     Plenty Of Breaks

We all need this one!
We all get tired and lose our energy, needing small breaks to recharge our batteries. So for a deaf person having to concentrate on a person's lips without breaking eye-contact can get tiring.

Even just a simple 5 minute break should be enough to get everyone back in the right frame of mind and ready to learn!

Break Time


5.      Make Use Of Technology

Audio equipment that helps to magnify the soundwaves, enabling a deaf child equal access to the information being taught is crucial in promoting and enabling equality in the classroom.

Technology for deaf people


Key Points To Keep In Mind

- Those with hearing loss will miss up to 50% of what is said in class
- Less than 1/2 of students that are deaf will get 5 GCSEs A*-C

It is worth keeping in mind these points but also worth stating that with equal access to information deaf children can excel in their studies.

Deaf people are just as:

- Intelligent
- Sporty
- Aspiring
- Open-minded
- And Cheeky!

As their hearing peers. The only difference is having that access to information!

We hope you found this information beneficial and interesting. Until next time :)  

Thursday, 2 June 2016

What Does It Take To Be A Sign Language Interpreter?

What does it take to be a Sign Language Interpreter?

One of the questions that we are asked most here at terptree – is What does it take to be a Sign Language Interpreter? So we have collated out most frequently asked questions together for you with helpfully detailed answers!

How long does it take?

On average, it takes about 8 years to become a fully qualified interpreter but you can achieve fluency before this time which will expedite your training.

Interacting with the deaf community and obtaining as much real life experience as possible is vital in continuously developing your language skills and deaf culture.

What is it like working as an Interpreter?

The majority of Interpreters are self-employed/freelance, but there are employed opportunities as well. Due to the varied nature of the work, Interpreters may be required to work on some evenings and weekends.

Places of work vary greatly and Interpreters work with a variety of people in many different situations. Locations may include Schools, Colleges, Universities, Health Centres, Hospitals, Council Offices and Home Visits, in Business, Conferences, Museums, Galleries, Theatres and many many more places!

The key thing to remember is variety!

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Is there really work out there for Interpreters still?

There has been much talk of late of there being little or no work for Sign Language Interpreters.

We would like to reassure you that there are plenty of opportunities for those who are considering training as a Sign Language Interpreter in the future. Just look at the stats of 105,000 people in the UK who use British Sign Language and the number of Interpreters at just over 1,000 – plenty of scope for more Interpreters to join the profession ;-)

Do I need to go to deaf club?


Yes, you do! I know that this is quite a daunting thing to do, but you need to be willing to IMMERSE yourselves in British Sign Language and the deaf community. It is the same concept that is often used when you learn a spoken language – in order to fully get to grips with the language you need to travel to the country, talk, socialise, understand the culture. travel, eat and drink with the locals in order to actually submerge yourself into the language.

Of course, you don’t have to only go to deaf clubs; now there are plenty of deaf events, theatre shows, deaf pub meets, conferences, festivals and other opportunities to meet deaf people and nurture your language skills.

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If you would like to find out What courses do I need to complete to be a Sign Language Interpreter?


What things can I do now to make things easier for me?
Here are our 3 ways to get you ahead of the game:

1. Join the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI) www.asli.org.uk as a Supporter, as you will receive NEWSLI, their quarterly magazine, reduced entrance to some ASLI events and a regular up-date on the work of the Association

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2. Start a Professional Development Plan (PDP) and a Learning Journal today! These are fantastic ways for you to set goals and then review and record your progress and find more ways in which you can continually develop

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3. Read widely and watch programmes that you would not normally watch - this will increase your exposure to language and allows you to have a broader understanding of topic areas

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What are the attributes of a super Sign Language Interpreter?

Here are some of the qualities of a super Sign Language Interpreter:

* Have a good knowledge of the Deaf Community
* Enjoy working with a range of clients
* Enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team
* Have excellent spoken communication skills
* Have excellent Sign Language skills
* Have confidence when speaking in public
* Be able to maintain intense concentration and think rapidly
* Have integrity and a sense of responsibility

This is a great starting point for you to start building your picture of what the real world of working as a Sign Language Interpreter entails.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Comic-Con London 2016

It’s Going To be BSL Accessible (Just Like last Year)

It can be hard to access all these amazing events when you’re deaf. Let’s take a look how terptree breaks down these barriers:

We first enabled Comic-Con to provide access for the Deaf community to attend this special event last May & October. We ensured the staff at Comic-Con were given the best advice on such a large event and what requirements were necessary to provide support.

We were all very excited here at terptree to provide this support last year and we’re equally as excited now, we all want to go!

There wasn’t an interpreter that wasn’t excited to put their name forward!
We were inundated with requests to take the booking!

The importance of having interpreters at these big panel events allow for deaf people to not only experience the exhibition elements of the event, but to also have access with the individuals on the panel whom they respect and revere.

Even the celebrities get in on the act! With some of the panellists throwing in swear words to see what the sign would be, the interpreters continued in a professional manner. Creating better inclusion and a community for all!

It is a pleasure to work alongside the Comic-Con/MCM Expo team at each event they put on.

So What Is Comic-Con?

It’s that time of year again, for the UK’s biggest popular culture show, Comic-Con! This weekend from Friday 27th – Sunday the 29th London will play host to some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

The Comic-Con held in London is a multi-genre fan convention held in the London Borough of Newham twice every year, typically on the last weekend in May and October. It has been going since 2001. The convention focuses mainly on the likes of:

- Anime (Animation)
- Video Games
- Cosplay (Dressing up as various fictional characters. Don’t worry we’ll show you some later!)

Show Features

Exhibit Hall


The London show will feature a large floor-space featuring stands and exhibitors selling merchandise and various other items, including official media companies such as film studios and TV stations.

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Comic Village

This is an area of the show that hosts approximately 200 tables, where professional and amateur artists/writers/publishers alike, sell their comics and prints. This area also includes a signing area where big names within the comic industry will come and sign autographs. Previous guests have included:

- Gail Simone
- Kevin Eastman
- Karen Gillan

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Fringe Festival/Cosplay

The main purpose of Fringe is to allow cosplayers the chance to organise:
  • Photoshoots
  • Meet-ups
  • Gaming tournaments

It allows organisers to more easily create their own event within Comic-Con and broadcast it for others to see. Attendees can search the London Comic-Con website and see if it is of interest to them.

Star Wars Cosplay
The Dark Side is strong with these Cosplayers

















Cosplay has become one of, if not, the most popular part of the entire event! Cosplaying can be to show off the costumer’s latest work or simply to show devotion to their favourite character and to engage in role-play with other cosplayers. Creating a very unique experience and sense of community.

VidfestUK – The Event for Fans of Online Video & Web Series

The way we communicate and consume content has changed dramatically over recent years and thus events such as Comic-Con must also evolve, introducing VidfestUK!

VidefestUK will include:

- YouTubers
- Gaming
- Animations
- Vlogging
- Livestreaming

And so much more!

VidfestUK is definitely the place to be if you’re interest in everything social media and online related! If you want:

- Tips on how to crowdfund you channel/videos
- See exclusive sneak peak content
- Take part in Q&A with some of the most successful people in the industry

Then you’ll definitely want to head to VidfestUK!

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So Head to the London Comic-Con If You Want To See The Likes Of:





Thursday, 19 May 2016

What Is Shape Arts?

Shape Arts 40 Years Logo

Shape Arts focuses on leading the way - in innovative fashion - for the inclusion of disabled people in the creative and cultural sector. Over the 40 years since Shape was founded, the first legislation recognising the rights of disabled people was introduced; Shape, keen to make a difference to disabled people, developed highly valuable access audits for arts and cultural venues.

These audits clearly mapped out the improvements and changes that would have to be made to include disabled people as audience members, employees and creatives. Disability Equality Training was delivered by Shape to staff from various organisations. Shape is also responsible for the very first National Disability Arts Conference back in 1991.

Due to their constant work with major cultural institutions their ultimate goal is to see disabled people reach their full potential and for their full inclusion into the mainstream of arts and culture.

Shape Arts workshop

Shape facilitate a workshop for disabled young people with Graeae Theatre Company

Shape has partnerships with high profile National Portfolio Organisations, such as:

  • Royal Opera House
  • National Theatre
  • Southbank Centre

Shape is a disability-led arts organisation continuously working to provide better opportunities and support for disabled artists. They also work with cultural organisations with the aim of generating greater inclusiveness and better confidence in working alongside disabled people. Shape’s main values are:

  • Inclusion
  • Ambition
  • Creativity
  • Excellence 

These values allow Shape Arts to work towards promoting greater accessibility and inclusion, thus opening talent and audience gateways. Accessible learning and development opportunities are also provided to help disabled artists and individuals build a sustainable career.


Shape provides a number of professional development opportunities, including:

  • Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Mentoring schemes

Exhibitions and events can be accessible both live and online, where the work of talented artists can be received and recognised, critiqued and congratulated, all in front of a diverse audience. Shape work with people of all ages and those from a whole range of cultural and economic backgrounds.




Shape Arts 40th Anniversary


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This year sees Shape turn 40 and is undoubtedly going to be a special year for the organisation. There are sure to be many events and special occasions to mark the milestone and the hard work doesn’t slow up now they’ve reached four decades of constant campaigning for inclusion and better support for the disabled community.




Beyond their 40th anniversary year, Shape’s plans are to create free mobility and open pathways for all disabled people where their creative work is simply put forward and honoured on merit alone.

Accessible Venues


With Shape promoting equality and accessibility, it is only right that they list and promote accessible venues, providing:


  • Audio Description
  • Captioning
  • Sign Language Interpreted Performances (Our personal favourite, we’re only a little biased)
  • Relaxed Performances


Sign Language interpreted performances are a regular feature of the London theatre, allowing for Deaf people to have access in their preferred language British Sign Language (BSL). An Interpreter will be clearly visible and provide interpretation for everything that is spoken and heard during the show.

Shape Art Artist At Work
Artist NoĆ«mi Lakmaier creating work in residency at one of Shape’s pop-up galleries

Now we know throughout this post we’ve used the word “disabled” a fair few times. While we recognise that many of the Deaf community view themselves as a linguistic, cultural minority, this has been used to explain the work of Shape Arts.

Apart from working with D/deaf artists and emerging creatives, Shape promotes accessible events through its website and social media that are accessible for deaf people. To take a few examples:


  •  Accessible Cinemas (Cineworld/ODEON) 


Subtitles for deaf people are available at certain performances at Cineworld. Hearing loops (either infra red or induction) are installed at all of their cinemas’ auditoria (except at The O2 Greenwich). Please check with the box office which facility is available. Next generation text service calls are available on their telephone booking service.



To find a subtitled performance at your local ODEON, simply select the “Subtitled” filter when viewing the performances at your cinema. In addition, the "Your Local Cinema" website provides full listings of captioned performances at ODEON and other cinemas. They also have Infra Red headsets available to support your hearing of the film soundtrack. Please enquire at the cinema Box Office if you require one of these headsets. In addition, hearing loops are available at some of their Box Office and food and drink counters, just look for the hearing loop symbol.
  • Accessible Heritage Sites (Banqueting House/Hampton Court Palace/Kensington Palace/Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage)


All are accessible in BSL, with induction loops available at Banqueting House and Hampton Court Palace.

  • Accessible Multi-Arts Centres (Barbican/Cecil Sharp House/Roundhouse/Southbank Centre) 
Roundhouse’s box office desk is equipped with a hearing loop system for those using hearing aids. The Main Space and the Studio Theatre are equipped with a Sennheiser Hearing Enhancement System. Details of captioned or signed performances will be listed under the dates and times tab on individual production pages. The Southbank Centre states BSL interpretation, speech-to-text and captioned performances are provided. The other two simply state they help deaf people be as independent as possible. 
  • Accessible Galleries (The Barbican Gallery/Dulwich Picture Gallery/National Gallery/National Portrait Gallery/Photographers Gallery/Royal Academy of Art/Shape Arts Gallery/Wellcome Collection/William Morris Gallery)
  • Accessible Museums (Design Museum/Geffrye Museum/Science Museum/Victoria & Albert Museum/V&A Museum of Childhood/Royal Museums Greenwich/Wallace Collection)


  • Accessible Theatres (Arcola Theatre/Donmar Warehouse/National Theatre/New Diorama Theatre/Royal Albert Hall/Royal Opera House/Saddlers Wells/Soho Theatre/Tricycle Theatre/Unicorn Theatre)

From all of us here at terptree we hope you have found this post interesting and informative. If you’d like to find out more about Shape Arts you can visit their website here >> http://www.shapearts.org.uk/




From wherever and whenever you’re reading this, we hope you have a great day J