Stirling Student Shiona Signs for BBC Social

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Fourth-year Stirling student Shiona McClafferty is working with the BBC’S ‘The Social’ to create a series of videos about common questions she gets asked about being deaf.

21-year-old Shiona was diagnosed as being deaf when she was three years old and grew up in Lanark with her twin brother and two older sisters.

Throughout the pandemic, Shiona was creating TikTok videos encouraging people to pick up British Sign Language phrases and ask questions on how to make the world a safer place for deaf people.

Through her work with ‘The Social’, Shiona challengers misconceptions she experiences particularly throughout the pandemic when face masks and coverings became mandatory in shops and social spaces.

Shiona’s video for the BBC’S ‘The Social’. Credit: – Iona Brownlie

BRIG interviewed Shiona back in 2020 where she spoke to our reporter about the challenges she experienced growing up and how they have not stopped her from succeeding

British Sign Language are offering pay what you can sign language classes to encourage people to take up beginners sign language.

The link to the classes can be found here. Shiona’s videos with ‘The Social’ can be found here and her TikTok videos can be found by username search- @seeeona.

Feature Image credit: – Shiona McClafferty (@seeeona TikTok)

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