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Our books on sign language and Braille guides will help you learn different ways of communication so that you can talk to those who are hard of hearing or who struggle with their sight.

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Braille & Sign Language Books

  • British Sign Language for Dummies

    City Lit

    Product Code: AAFXX
    Paperback
    Learn British Sign Language quickly and easily with this essential guide and CD-Rom. This lively guide introduces the key hand shapes and gestures you need to communicate in British Sign Language. The illustrations depict both the actions and facial expressions used to sign accurately, while the companion CD-Rom features real-life BSL conversations in action to further your understanding. With these practical tools, you'll become an expert signer in no time! "British Sign Language For Dummies" includes: Starting to sign - learn about deaf communication and practise simple signs to get you going; Learning everyday BSL - develop the grammar and vocabulary skills that are the building blocks to using British Sign Language; Getting out and about - sign with confidence in a wide range of real-life situations, from travelling to dating; Looking into deaf life - learn about the history of the Deaf Community and how they've adapted their technology and lifestyles to suit their needs.
    • £17.99
    • RRP £19.99
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  • The American Sign Language Phrase Book

    Barbara Bernstein Fant

    Product Code: BEVUD
    Other
    Open up a whole new world of communication through ASL You can easily learn ASL with help from The American Sign Language Phrase Book. With more than 500 phrases, this is the reference guide to everyday expressions in American Sign Language, providing a quick way for you to converse with deaf people. Clearly illustrated with hundreds of line drawings, this book focuses on areas such as health, family, school, sports, travel, religion, time, money, food and drink, and small talk. This edition's chapter on technology boasts 50 phrases to help you communicate about the Internet, computing, video relay, and more. There is even a chapter that gives you phrases for communicating about signing: asking people to sign slower, indicating your fingerspelling ability, and requesting help with your fledgling skills. This edition ncludes a two-hour DVD that presents right-and left-handed signers demonstrating every phrase in the book from chapter 3 through the appendix. From asking simple questions ("How are you?") to more complex phrases ("There's no sign for that, you have to fingerspell it.") , The American Sign Language Phrase Book gives you the power to communicate easily and comfortably in ASL.
    • £15.19
    • RRP £18.99
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  • American Sign Language For Dummies

    Angela Lee Taylor

    Product Code: AWQRJ
    Other
    Grasp the rich culture and language of the Deaf community To see people use American Sign Language (ASL) to share ideas is remarkable and fascinating to watch. Now, you have a chance to enter the wonderful world of sign language. American Sign Language For Dummies offers you an easy-to-access introduction so you can get your hands wet with ASL, whether you're new to the language or looking for a great refresher. Used predominantly in the United States, ASL provides the Deaf community with the ability to acquire and develop language and communication skills by utilizing facial expressions and body movements to convey and process linguistic information. With American Sign Language For Dummies, the complex visual-spatial and linguistic principles that form the basis for ASL are broken down, making this a great resource for friends, colleagues, students, education personnel, and parents of Deaf children. * Grasp the various ways ASL is communicated * Get up to speed on the latest technological advancements assisting the Deaf * Understand how cultural background and regionalism can affect communication * Practice signing with videos online If you want to get acquainted with Deaf culture and understand what it's like to be part of a special community with a unique shared and celebrated history and language, American Sign Language For Dummies gets you up to speed on ASL fast.
    • £14.39
    • RRP £17.99
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  • Seeing Voices

    Oliver Sacks

    Product Code: AEQBU
    Paperback
    'Seeing Voices is both a history of the deaf and an account of the development of an extraordinary and expressive language' Evening Standard Imaginative and insightful, Seeing Voices offers a way into a world that is, for many people, alien and unfamiliar -- for to be profoundly deaf is not just to live in a world of silence, but also to live in a world where the visual is paramount. In this remarkable book, Oliver Sacks explores the consequences of this, including the different ways in which the deaf and the hearing learn to categorize their respective worlds -- and how they convey and communicate those experiences to others. 'Seeing Voices is a manifesto, characteristically humane and impassioned; once more, Sacks proves he is the doyen of science with a human face' Sunday Times 'Empathetic, intelligent and compassionate' Guardian 'Scholarly and carefully documented, Seeing Voices makes the gigantic leap so essential to understanding total deafness' Sunday Telegraph 'A passionate meditation on the richness of sign language' Independent
    • £8.89
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