So, you've started signing. You've had a few lessons, you've perhaps met some Deaf BSL users. You're keen on the language and you want to learn more. What's next?
Well, there's a whole load of online resources you can use. Bristol University has the fabulous Centre for Deaf Studies (I blogged about it here) and they have a whole host of resources for you:
Deafstation - for people fluent in BSL, providing daily news and information (in BSL) - if you're just starting to learn and you watch this don't get too worried if you don't understand it all. You'll get there I promise!
Signstation - For people learning BSL. It has video, pictures and information about BSL, Deaf people at work and Deaf awareness. A really useful resource for people at level 1 and level 2.
Mobile Sign - a video dictionary with over 5000 signs. For people who work with Deaf people, have Deaf customers or want to learn how to sign. You access the dictionary from a mobile phone phone and download the signs required.
Deafresource - Provides information on the Deaf Community, sign language and Deaf Studies.
VOGS - It provides guides for working with Deaf people covering topics such as using Interpreters, facts about Deaf people and sign language and frequently asked questions. VOGS means 'Vocational Guidance Standard Model for Deaf People'.
VOGS is more of a professional resource, but have a look round them all and see if you think anything's useful.
But wait! There's more!
Signs of God - Signs for use in a Christian setting
Christain Signs - as above. There is a Deaf church, would ya believe it.
Science Signs - for a science education
Signhealth - the healthcare charity for deaf people
Forest Books - selling all sorts of books about the Ddeaf and hard of hearing world. Fiction, academic theories, language books, help for professionals working with Ddeaf people, technology. journals, teaching aids, loads of stuff. It's fabulous.
Deafread - the best of deaf blogs and vlogs from around the world.
Surrounding Deaf culture, there's the Deaf poet Dorothy Miles, who creates and performs poems in BSL, the Deaf comedian John Smith, performing routines in BSL, and Lee's BSL Songs.
You can also check out my Deaf sites and resources post for more links.
I hope this has all been helpful to you and that you've enjoyed the series.