Signing is used across MacIntyre, either expressively or receptively, to support understanding.


A person may have been introduced to signing at nursery, school or college, where there is often a strong signing environment with many opportunities to learn and develop signing skills. This communication skill can be further developed by the introduction of new signs as the person moves on to new experiences and opportunities for communication.


For signing to assist someone’s understanding, it is essential that everyone in their environment uses this method of communication.

MacIntyre has a 50 word core vocabulary, which staff teams are trained in.

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As part of sharing our expertise we created a number of resources.
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