Communication support

Do you have hearing loss? Are you interested in how different types of communication support work? Are you a manager or human resources professional interested in this topic? Or are you the relative or friend of a person who has lost hearing?​

The three videos below explain communication support, demonstrating it with three methods: lipspeaking, sign-supported English (SSE) and British Sign Language (BSL).


Lipspeaking provides a silent, lipreadable version of spoken English. A lipspeaker can use facial expression and finger-spelling to support meaning.

Sign-supported English

SSE provides a combination of lipreadable English and signs from British Sign Language (BSL). It normally follows English language structures.

British Sign Language

BSL is a recognised British language. It has its own distinct grammar and uses facial expression, hand shapes and upper body movement to convey language.

Big thanks to: Sara Scanlon, lipspeaker; Beverley Roberts lipspeaker and BSL interpreter; Brenda Hamlin, BSL-user and Chair of Manchester Deaf centre; Amanda Glasspell, photographer and captioner; Tony Redshaw, lipspeaker and BSL interpreter – for consultancy advice.


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