Forget Chocolates, This Christmas We’re Doing the Sign Language Advent Calendar


A leading deafness charity is offering a real Christmas treat – the chance to learn a new festive sign everyday.

DSN have announced their first digital advent calendar using daily videos will be launchd on December 1 and will run every day on December in the lead up to Christmas.  A new video will be shared on DSN’s official Twitter and Facebook channels each day.

In the videos, SL trainer Lisa Birtles will demonstrate festive words in sign language with the aim of encouraging more people to come forward and learn more about how to effectively communicate with those who have hearing loss.

According to research by the National Deaf Children’s Society, 61% of people feel embarrassed they can’t communicate well with deaf people and wish they could do better.

“It doesn’t matter if you have just started learning sign language, if you have been signing for some time or if you have never even seen someone signing before,” said Gill Reeder, Executive Operations Manager of DSN.


“We hope this little advent treat will jog peoples memory on some of the words we only use at Christmastime and help them to begin to understand some of what they see if they do meet someone who signs.

“But we also would like this to encourage those who would like to know more about communicating using sign language to get in touch with us. We provide training courses certified by the Institute of British Sign Language and can let you know what is happening in your area.”

Details of courses across Cheshire can be found on the DSN website,



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