SignPost devises safe way to bring signing back to ITV soaps

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Signing will return to ITV soaps during Deaf Awareness Week.

Its Gateshead-based SignPost team says it has now developed a safe method of doing sign language during the lockdown.

Initially the lockdown had meant a pause to sign language being available for Coronation Street and Emmerdale viewers, because social distancing ruled out the use of the SignPost studios.

“Finding a way to restore signing to our Soaps for viewers in lockdown was a big priority for us and I’m immensely proud of the team who have been innovative, creative and determined in equal measure in order to pull this off,” said Kenny Toal, Director of ITV SignPost.

The SignPost team has also announced that it will provide its services to the Oak National Academy.  This will be available on video content for Maths and English lessons on the Government-backed online teaching resource.

“It’s vitally important that all young people are able to access learning at this difficult time.  We’re delighted to be able to offer some support to the wonderful work being done by the Oak National Academy by providing signing for young children to help them continue their development during lockdown,” continued Toal.

Based in Gateshead, SignPost includes 4 edit suites and a green screen studio.