Helping the deaf enjoy Seaton Wetlands

PUBLISHED: 07:01 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 17 May 2018

Maryann Soper from Heritage Ability delivering the tablet to Seaton Wetlands. Picture: EDDC

Maryann Soper from Heritage Ability delivering the tablet to Seaton Wetlands. Picture: EDDC

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New tablet will explain the local nature reserve to people with hearing difficulties

The Seaton Wetlands team has developed British Sign Language videos to help the deaf community to fully appreciate the beautiful local nature reserve.

They explain the geography of Seaton Marshes, Black Hole Marsh, Stafford March and Colyford Common, and the wonderful variety of wildlife that visitors come from far and wide to see.

The BSL videos have been created and presented by a deaf volunteer from Heritage Ability – a scheme helping make similar places across the South West become more accessible to disabled and deaf people.

East Devon District Council spokesman Cllr Tom Wright said: “It’s wonderful to finally be able to offer a BSL guided tour of the Wetlands so that the rich variety of wildlife here can be understood by the deaf community. Visitors can borrow the tablet when they visit and explore the site at their own leisure, or they can download the clips to their personal devices from our website.”

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