As the new school year begins, local charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is launching a campaign to raise deaf awareness in schools, backed by a well-known TV face.
Based in Saunderton, near Princes Risborough, the charity is offering free educational resources to teachers, including a new video to teach children the alphabet in sign language with presenter of BBC’s The One Show, Angelica Bell.
Hearing Dogs is a national charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to vital sounds such as the doorbell, telephone and fire alarm.
Angellica Bell said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting the Let’s Hear It campaign for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and I hope that school children in Buckinghamshire will become more deaf aware by learning to sign the alphabet in British Sign Language.
“More than 800,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf, and 45,000 of those are children. This campaign is crucial in educating young people about deafness, and learning the importance of communicating in British Sign Language is a perfect place to start.”
Hearing Dogs spokesman Lisa Bishop said: “Let’s Hear It is an important campaign to raise awareness of deafness in schools across the UK, and we hope that schools in Bucks will support their local charity.
“In addition to the new sign language video with Angellica Bell, we also offer free downloadable resource packs for teachers and parents on our website, which include deaf awareness activities, sign language tutorials and an art and design competition.”
The video can be viewed at www.hearingdogs.org.uk/letshearit
For more information or to download free educational resources, visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk/letshearit