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H.A.N.D.S – Guidelines


To increase the number of British Sign Language interpreters available on the ASNA data base thereby providing a resource that facilitates access and inclusion for the deaf and hard of hearing.


  • To provide financial support for students studying British Sign Language
  • To support students by providing encouragement and opportunities for practice

General guidelines

  • All applicants will usually be 18 years old or older.
  • All applicants must have a valid and recent (within 2 year) certificate stating the completion of BSL level 1.
  • All applicants must have completed the appropriate BSL interpretation for their region.
  • All applicants must provide a statement giving the reasons for studying BSL
  • Applications will be approved by the ASNA executive committee
  • The teaching institution must be a recognised college of Further Education or equivalent institution.
  • Funds will normally be released to the teaching institution for tuition fees only.
  • On completion of the course, applicants must send to the H.A.N.Ds coordinator an original copy of the certificate of completion (which will be returned after a copy is made) and a signed certificate / form of attendance from the tutor of the BSL course.
  • Applicants will be encouraged to retake any failed parts of the course to attain a pass.
  • Consistent failure will be reviewed with H.A.N.D.S coordinator on an individual bases but may result in a percentage of the fees refunded by applicant.
  • All applicants must be prepared to use skills for ASNA for the first year post completion at least once per quarter or as agreed by HANDS coordinator.
  • Failure to provide services under available circumstances will normally result in the reimbursement of tuition fees back to the association.

Please also see the application form and our equal opportunities policy.

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