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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
British study site is deaf first
The first academic website to use British Sign Language (BSL) has been launched during Deaf Awareness Week.

The site has been developed at the University of Bristol's Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS).

The aim was to create a website using BSL for the deaf and hearing community and to attract potential students to study at the centre.

An on-screen video display allows people to go on an online tour of the centre with a BSL interpreter.

The site also has Deafstation, a daily news programme in BSL, which is available as a video podcast.

Jim Kyle, professor of deaf studies at the centre, said: "Our commitment was to give deaf sign language users access to the information on our courses, research and other activities in their own language.

"We will also shortly offer a version in International Sign for Deaf people from other countries."

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