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Wednesday 17th February 1pm BBC2

SH Line Producer | 18:40 UK time, Tuesday, 16 February 2010

On today's programme we visit a group in Rotherham that aims to help deaf learner drivers get to grips with the theory test and ditch their L-plates.  Sharon Turner has 30 years experience behind the wheel as a driving instructor.  Realising deaf learner drivers could happily get on with actually driving the car, it was the written test that was letting them down; Sharon decided to address the issue.  Recently qualified as a Level 1 BSL user she's one of the first instructors in the UK to run a group for deaf learner drivers.  Explaining words that crop up in the test has helped boost her learner's confidence.





We also look at the growing trend of baby signing.  Many parent and baby groups now embrace aspects of sign language as it's believed to help develop speech and literacy in hearing children.  The phenomenon of baby signing first emerged in the United States during the 1980s and has been steadily gaining pace all over the world.  The theory is that babies between the age of 6-9 months can do hand actions but as their vocal chords don't develop till they're at least between 12 to 18 months old, baby signing can give them a way of communicating with adults.  This makes the baby less frustrated and has fewer temper tantrums.


For many years distinguished mezzo-soprano, Janine Roebuck, kept the opera world in the dark about a personal secret that could have altered the course of her career.  She reveals to See Hear how she manages to keep her voice, and her passion for music, on top form.  As a teenager Janine was diagnosed with progressive nerve deafness and was told that music would only ever be a hobby for her.  She developed coping strategies and with hearing aids became a professional singer.  Like any professional she constantly works on her voice and technique.  Janine is currently involved in a project teaching music to deaf children.  For more information follow these links:  







  • Comment number 1.

    Whats happend to this episode on iplayer? It stated that it would be available until april but I go to find it again and its not there. This episode is important to me as the feature on deaf learner drivers, is an invaluable resource for my dissertation. I was wondering if there would be any chance of getting this back on iplayer?


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