TheSignLife was born in 2016, inspired by the late Albert Clinton who was a deaf activist that fought for equality for deaf people. Today his daughter, who founded TheSignLife, ensures that his legacy is kept alive by ensuring that deaf people are not at a disadvantage when it comes to accessibility. TheSignLife team has three deaf British Sign Language users and one CODA (Child of Deaf Adult). They can empathise and understand their daily struggles because of their hearing loss and also are able to communicate with them in their native language. TheSignLife supports people with different levels of hearing loss from different backgrounds and cultures.
The idea is to deliver workshops with the aim of preventing a decline in mental health amongst deaf people and to encourage independence and resilience in their daily lives. Workshops are delivered to focus on mental and physical health with the aim of improving self-confidence before further empowering them by educating them on their rights under the Equality Act. Also educating them on using technology as a self-help tool which will enable them to maximise access to resources in their native language.
There will be ten different subjects covered in the workshop and they are:
- Managing stress.
- Laughing Workshop.
- The importance of Healthy Eating and Exercise.
- Image is not everything.
- Resilience towards negativity when it comes to their disability.
- Using modern technology to access resources.
- Awareness of my community (recycling, littering and resources).
- The effect of social media, trolling and online bullying.
- Online scams.
- Rights and Responsibilities under the Equality Act.
The more money raised the more subjects can be added whilst at the same time also extending the service for a longer period of time.