The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education


There is no one rule for gaining access to a signing class. Each area of the country has its own unique system! Costs also vary according to who is running the course.

The only way to find out about local provisions and the system in your area is to ask.

Classes may take place in any of the following places :-

  • Local college of F.E.
  • Local centre / club for the deaf / hard of hearing
  • Local school for deaf children
  • Local unit for deaf children
  • Local resource centre for the deaf children
  • Local community centre

We would suggest you try telephoning the following people in the order below:-

  • Local centre for the deaf / hard of hearing
  • Local college of F.E.
  • Local Education Authority Service for deaf children
  • Local school / unit for deaf children

The numbers for the above should be available either in the telephone directory or at the public library or local Information Centre.

If you have no success with any of the above then try telephoning or emailing one of the national associations :-

Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP)
0191 374 3607

The British Deaf Association (BDA)
020 7588 3520

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)
0207 296 8000

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
0207 250 0123

Sense (The National Deaf-Blind & Rubella Assn.) (SENSE)
0207 272 7774

Friends for the Young Deaf
01342 323444

Breakthrough Trust
0121 472 6447