New signs of the times for deaf learners Herald Society reports that hundreds of deaf pupils could benefit from a project that is building a suite of new sign language symbols for scientific terms and concepts. Edinburgh University’s School of Education has developed glossaries for British Sign Language (BSL) covering biology, physics and chemistry.

The school’s Scottish Sensory Centre had already produced more than 80 individual signs for mathematicss in a pilot project. So far, more than 250 words or phrases have been created in response to growing demand from deaf pupils and teachers for a wider scientific vocabulary in the commonly used language.