Online campaign to help deaf people wins support from MPs

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TWO POLITICIANS have showed their support for the work Doncaster Deaf Trust are undertaking on an online tool to bring Sign Language to the world.

The team, from Doncaster Deaf Trust, have been working with other European countries since 2006 to develop the European Commission Funded www.spreadthesign.com project.

Rosie Winterton and Ed Miliband, MPs for Doncaster Central and Doncaster North respectively, have written to the Trust to offer their support for the project and help to raise awareness.

Mr MP said: “I have always been impressed by the work the Trust does and I believe that highlighting that work and raising awareness of campaigns such as the Spread the Sign project is a good thing.”

Doncaster Deaf Trust’s involvement in Spread the Sign began in 2006 when the project started and since then they have filmed almost 12,000 British sign language words for the online dictionary. They are well on target for the 15,000 words they need to reach by June.

Alan Robinson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “We are delighted that both Rosie and Ed have shown their support for this fantastic project.

“We are extremely proud to be involved in Spread the Sign and it is making a real difference to Deaf and hard of hearing people from across the globe. We are looking for support and ambassadors for this project and have written to a number of high profile people and dignitaries.”

Spread the Sign can also be used to help to promote deaf awareness in the work place and help to equip people who are dealing with the public with some of the basic signs needed to communicate.