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Peter Bracchi, 56, is a qualified teacher of British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness.

Disappointed due to the Covid pandemic putting a halt to his teaching, Peter – from Kippax – set out on finding a new way to reach people with his interactive lessons.

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Peter Bracchi, 56, is a qualified teacher of British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness.

Despite “not knowing the platform existed” until recently Peter set up his TikTok page in early January, 2022.

Since then, his “Deaf Peter” account has soared, with thousands of people tuning in daily for their latest lesson snippet on a new word or phrase.

Now, Peter said he wanted to continue to raise awareness of the difficulties the pandemic has brought to Deaf people, with mask wearing a particular concern.

His lessons have been viewed more than 100,000 times around the world in just a month and Peter has been contacted from countries in South America and beyond.

Peter Bracchi, 56, is a qualified teacher of British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness.

“I wanted to educate people on Deaf awareness and teach them about Deaf Culture”, Peter told the YEP.

“TikTok has given me the platform to share this knowledge with others, helping them understand the needs of the Deaf community and giving them skills to use to enable Deaf people to feel more included.”

Peter said he was “disappointed” when lockdown was announced as it halted his face to face teaching.

He added: “Teaching via zoom is not very successful so I reached out to people on TikTok.

Peter Bracchi, 56, is a qualified teacher of British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness.

“I feel it’s important for people to understand how to communicate with the Deaf community.

“Deafness is a hidden disability and being Deaf and a sign language user is very different to being someone who just can’t hear.

“For people in the deaf community, being Deaf is part of who they are.

“This can be difficult for hearing people to understand because so much of their ability to communicate with one another depends upon their ability to hear.

Peter Bracchi, 56, is a qualified teacher of British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness.

“It is important that people understand that BSL is a language in its own right, with gramma and syntax, as with any other language, only it …….

Source: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/health/leeds-teacher-goes-viral-for-sign-language-tiktok-lessons-viewed-100000-times-3592053

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