- Current DCAL Newsletter available in BSL
- Special Focus: What is it like to be a postgraduate at DCAL?
- Are you interested in postgraduate study at DCAL?
- Talking about Bilingualism
- BSL Corpus Project goes online
- DCAL's Tales from the Road
- Update on Deaf with Dementia Project
- DCAL working with the Cognitive Disorders Clinic
- Sharing Research - Iconicity and Embodiment on Tour
- Get involved in DCAL's research!
- DCAL research features in Lancet editorial
- BSL Corpus Project featured on The Hub
- BSL Grammaticality Judgement Task Paper accepted for publication in journal Cognition
- Frances Elton gets BDA award in recognition of her contribution to BSL and Sign Linguistics teaching
- New DCAL Briefing Sheet available on Dementia
- Early sign language exposure benefits deaf children
- See Hear Feature Deaf with Dementia Project October 17th
- Outreach activity at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children
- DCAL's Response to Guardian article "Signs of the times: Deaf community minds its language"
- See Hear item on Deaf with dementia
- New DCAL-associated research project - Describing sociolinguistic variation in verb directionality in British Sign Language: A corpus-based study, funded by ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative
- DCAL responds to Harry Knoors weblog
- New leaflet about research targeted at the older deaf community
- The Association for Physiological Sciences publishes DCAL research in Psychological Science
- Society Now features an article by researcher Dr Joanna Atkinson 'Voices inside my head'
- The Guardian publishes correction about BSL Corpus Project story
- Robert Adam is the first person in the UK to be both a registered Interpreter and a registered Translator on the NRCPD
- New MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies: NOW RECRUITING for 2013/2014
- Researchers in Language and Cognition present their work at a conference in Lisbon
- NDCS offering free two-day training courses to utilise Family Sign Language Toolkit
- Programme for TISLR 2013 available on the webpage NOW!
- Neuroscience: How the brain adapts to deafness
- Professor Adam Kendon to become Honorary Emeritus Professor and DCAL Associate
- New MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies NOW RECRUITING for2013/2014
- BSL Grammaticality Judgement paper ranked in Top 25 Hottest Articles
- DCAL and AoHL call for the National Dementia Strategy for England to be reviewed to ensure that funding is provided to meet the needs of people who are deaf or have hearing loss and also have dementia
- DCAL Nominated for the Signature Organisation of the Year Award
- British Deaf Association honours DCAL researcher
- DCAL director receives prestigious award
- ESRC Future Leader Fellowships for DCAL researchers
- DCAL's advocacy work with UK politicians
- DCAL research on voice hallucinations features in the Lancet
- Deaf Children and Development
- Early sign language exposure benefits deaf children
- Read my lips - Advances in speechreading research with deaf children
- 'What do you think the girl wants from Father Christmas?' Theory of Mind research with deaf infants
- DCAL briefing on the need for specialist national neurology services for deaf people
- DCAL features on See Hear with clip of BSL from 1920s
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- Frances Elton's Retirement Seminar
- History of BSL Online
- Media Release
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- Digging into Signs
- Language isn't what it used to be (British Sign Language - that is)
- Discover UCL summer school for D/deaf and hard of hearing students
- New living dictionary for British Sign Language
- Specialist neurological clinic for deaf people cost benefit model
- Media Release: Dementia payments for GPs will do nothing to improve diagnosis rates of deaf patients
- Discover UCL Summer School organised by DCAL and UCL's Widening Participation team wins the HELOA 2015 Best Practice and Innovation Award
- Launch of Continuing Professional Development Courses
- Media Release: "Clarity still required" on future of dementia services for BSL patients
- DCAL in Week@UCL
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- Exclusive University Summer School is a ‘Resounding Success’
- DCAL to collaborate with Durham University on phase-two Wellcome Trust project
- Media Release: BSL Signbank includes new information about regional variation
- London research centre celebrates 10 years of ‘ground-breaking’ work
- DCAL receive prestigious award from RAD (Royal Association of Deaf People)
- New online resource provides ‘huge leap’ forward in deaf assessments
- New study casts light on synaesthesia among signed language users
- New features ensure the value of BSL Signbank continues to grow
DCAL's Tales from the Road
26 February 2012
DCAL and the community
readers of the DCAL newsletter will have read that DCAL was to take a
Roadshow to six UK cities during 2011. The Roadshow was a chance for
DCAL staff to meet with members of the Deaf Community and discuss
DCAL’s research together. Some readers may be amongst the hundreds who
attended the events. Now with the last leg of the tour having been
Belfast in September 2011, there’s been time for the DCAL team to
reflect back on the significance of the tour and how it all went.
Funding for the Roadshow was obtained from the University College London (UCL) Beacons for Public Engagement programme. These awards are given for innovative projects that seek to engage with audiences that the university does not traditionally talk or listen to, or those who are socially excluded.
DCAL postgraduate researcher and member of the Roadshow team, Robert Adam, explains more: “Deaf people do not know as much about their sign language as hearing people know about their spoken language. This is because it is not studied as a language in schools. So Deaf people do not always understand the nature of their language and how being Deaf can influence their experience. Similarly Deaf people do not have equal access to society because not everyone can sign and interpreters are not readily available. This affects peoples’ everyday experience and it also affects access to information that can be really important to them. Critically, in the past, research on Deaf people and sign language has often not been accessible for Deaf people. DCAL believes that it’s an important part of our role to disseminate research findings in BSL to the Deaf Community.”
With the £12,000 funding award DCAL staff were able to travel to Birmingham in March, Glasgow in April, Newcastle and Manchester in May, Bristol in July and finally Belfast.
At each Roadshow, held in Deaf centres, three to four DCAL researchers spoke about their work on different topics. These included language acquisition, the Deaf brain, Deaf interpreters, Deaf people and autism, Deaf people and dementia, the sign segmentation project and the British Sign Language (BSL) Corpus project.
Deaf people who attended the events came via a variety of networks. Other participants included those who work with the Deaf Community such as interpreters and social workers. With a good number of attendees at each event it demonstrated to DCAL that people are really keen to learn about the Centre’s work. Most of the feedback was positive, with Deaf visitors saying they enjoyed the days, that the research projects were interesting and well-explained and how good it was to have access to the research that is being carried out by DCAL at first hand. People also came forward with useful suggestions about future DCAL research.
For further details, visit the DCAL website: www.dcal.ucl.ac.uk. More public engagement pages are being added over time and all the presentations from the DCAL Deaf Open Day and DCAL Roadshows will eventually be available. It is hoped that DCAL’s website will become a really useful resource for Deaf people to continue to learn about, and get involved in, DCAL’s research.
Members of the Birmingham DCAL Roadshow team (left to right): Robert Skinner (freelance interpreter), Dr Jordan Fenlon (BSL Corpus Project), Robert Adam (DCAL researcher and PhD student, Dr Kearsy Cormier (DCAL Senior Researcher), and Gerardo Ortega (PhD student, DCAL).
The Roadshow audience in Glasgow focus intently on explanations of DCAL’s research.