Fundraising News: Bridge House Trust gives more funding to RNID sign project

An RNID project to help London's deaf people to communicate better with hearing people has received a £200,000 funding boost.

The Bridge House Trust issued the money, which takes its total contribution to the RNID's 'communicating on equal terms' initiative to £650,000.

So far, cash from the project, now in its third year, has developed the charity's electronic note-taking service and improved the standard of British Sign Language courses.

"The money will be used to set up more courses to train BSL tutors and assessors, as well as developing and testing a web-based video interpreting service," said Clare Baker, RNID director of communication services and training.

The interpretation service could have massive implications for deaf employees because the provision of virtual interpreters would remove one of the major barriers for deaf people in the workplace.

London-based employees of ethical enterprise Remploy will help to test the service.

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