Today marks International Day of Sign Languages. Recognised by the United Nations, and celebrated all around the world, this day gives us all an opportunity to acknowledge the unity generated by sign languages but also raise awareness of the importance of sign language to the deaf community. We caught up with Bidvest Noonan’s Head of Learning and Development, Alan OConnor, who established and runs ’Deaf Equality’ training for our security officers in London.
Alan said “According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are about 72 million deaf people all around the world. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages. Sign languages are fully fledged natural languages, distinct from spoken languages, and it is important we acknowledge and respect this.
We have committed to training our operations team on ‘Deaf Equality’ across many of our sites. This initiative has been well received by our customers and visitors as it helps to ensure that deaf people are treated fairly and equally.
Deaf Equality Training, which is delivered by the British Deaf Association, helps our security teams understand the challenges faced by deaf people on a daily basis. It also includes everyday signs and phrases of Basic British Sign Language.”
This initiative is part of our efforts to champion diversity, equality, and inclusion at all levels.
Alan O Connor and his Learning and Development team deliver best-in-class training programmes, both virtually and in-person, to Bidvest Noonan teams across the UK. Their mission is to provide the highest quality training to enable our people to succeed in their roles, deliver outstanding support to our customers, and progress in our business.