First Anti-Bullying Book for Deaf and Hearing Children Launched by the Open College of Sign Language

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Bu says "No!" to Bullies. The Open College of Sign Language (OCSL) has announced the first ever anti-bullying book written for both hearing and deaf children in full English grammar with each word illustrated by a 'sign' to teach hearing children sign language is to be available to buy from the 6th of December.

Bu says "No!" to Bullies. The Open College of Sign Language (OCSL) has announced the first ever anti-bullying book written for both hearing and deaf children in full English grammar with each word illustrated by a 'sign' to teach hearing children sign language is to be available to buy from the 6th of December.

As a deaf-led organisation the OCSL (Open College of Sign Language) listened to the voice of the deaf people to develop its provision of National Signed English and felt there was a need for an anti-bullying book to combat bullying and reduce isolation between hearing and deaf children. The key statement of the campaign being that, 'No child should be isolated; no child should have to suffer the devastation of bullying'.

'Bu says, "No!" to Bullies' is aimed at children aged 4-10 years of age and is written in full English Grammar with each word being illustrated by a 'sign' beneath to teach hearing children sign language. Bu the elephant with his friends; Rudy, Roscoe, Webster and Olivia may well become the loveable, cartoon icons that help to change the thinking and education of some of tomorrow's adults.

Christine Hamilton who is launching the campaign commented: "Not only is Bu giving the OCSL the privilege of being able to work with schools to deliver a radical, hard-hitting, anti-bullying message, but it is also giving us the wonderful opportunity to provide the makings of a solution to the isolation of deaf children, U.K wide."

A spokesperson for the OCSL continued: "To date there has never been an anti-bullying icon that is particularly prolific and made an impact upon our children where it counts most; in the playground. And Super-Bu, as the UK's first anti-bullying computer game to be developed in National Signed English, will take our children to another level of being able to understand just how wrong and how harmful bullying really is."

The book will be launched on the evening of 6th of December in Liverpool by Neil and Christine Hamilton and is available for purchase from the 7th December via http://www.bu-saysno.com or directly from the OCSL contactable via http://www.opencollegeofsignlanguage.com

Contact details

For preview images of the book, quotes or interview opportunities with Christine Hamilton or the CEO of the OCSL, or for press passes to the launch evening in Liverpool on the 6/12/07 please contact:

Emma or Jennie at PR agency Prodo on 0870 756 2828 or via emma(at)prodo.com and jennie(at)prodo.com

Notes to editors

  • As a deaf-led organisation, the OCSL (Open College of Sign Language) http://www.opencollegeofsignlanguage.com listened to the voice of the deaf people to develop its provision of National Signed English and is now expected to excel within the education sector; Bu playing a prolific part in the charity being able to make such a huge statement to a world that seeks to embrace its deaf. The key statement of the campaign being that, 'No child should be isolated; no child should have to suffer the devastation of bullying'.
  • Concessions apply to schools, details of which may be obtained by telephone or emailing your request to: Bunews(at)opencollegeofsignlanguage.com
  • Super-Bu 'Saving Planet Vox' will be released at Easter 08, and previewed on 6th December 07 at the launch* of Bu the book in Liverpool.
  • Attendance at the launch is by strict invitation only, however press members may request a pass by application directly to Emma / Jennie or Rachael at the details above, on or before 6th December 2007.

Launch details

Photocall with Christine Hamilton at 6:45pm at the venue

7-10pm on the 6th December 2007:

Herculaneum Room,
Carnatic Halls,
University of Liverpool
North Mossley Hill Road
Liverpool
L18 8DG.

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