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The deaf Syrian father learning British Sign Language with support from BID Services

After a career teaching Arabic sign language to children in Aleppo, Ahmad is having to learn to sign in a different language from scratch.

When the bombs began falling on Aleppo, Ahmad, a deaf father of 4, couldn't hear them. After his wife Mountaha's mother was killed in the airstrike which destroyed their home, the family fled Syria. They spent 6 years in Lebanon before arriving in the UK in June.

Ahmad uses Arabic sign language and Mountaha can't speak English, meaning they are struggling to learn how to communicate and get by in their new home country.

Bhavana, one of our Enablement staff, encouraged Ahmad to learn British Sign Language through our BSL courses here at the Deaf Cultural Centre when he came to BID Services looking for support.

Ahmad now feels optimistic about possibilities in the future and BID's Enablement team continues to support him with Mountaha and their children to make sure they are settling in the UK.

Our Enablement Service supports people with a sensory and/or physical disability who may need short-term intervention to remain independent. This includes support with travel training, accessing benefit and debt advice, housing repairs, tenancy support, employment and education as well as health and wellbeing. These services are available across Birmingham. To access our Enablement service, please contact us on telephone: 0121 246 6100, textphone: 0121 246 6101 or email enablement@bid.org.uk

To read the full story please visit the Independent website.

Posted 13th October 2017