Glossary

Sometimes we may talk in jargon or use terms that might not be familiar to you which is where this page comes in handy.  If you spot something we have shortened and just don’t understand, please let us know and we will add it to this list.  Here are some common abbreviations and terms which you might find useful:

AOHL Action On Hearing Loss.

ASL American Sign Language.

AUSLAN Australian Sign Language.

BDA British Deaf Association.

BDN British Deaf News (a magazine produced by the British Deaf Association).

BSL British Sign Language.

CACDP Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf people (now Signature).

CI Cochlear Implant.

CODA Child of a Deaf Adult.

COI Conflict of Interest.

dB Decibels (used to measure hearing loss).

DeafBlind Persons that are deaf and blind.

DeafBlind Manual The method in which some DeafBlind people communicate mainly through fingerspelling.

Fingerspelling Every letter has its own sign and they are used to spell out Proper Nouns (People’s names, some place names etc.).

Hands On Signing An alternative method of communication for DeafBlind people whereby the DeafBlind person puts their hands on the person signing to follow what is being said.

HOH Hard of Hearing.

LMAO Laughing My Ass Off.

LOL Laughing Out Loud (not Lots Of Love!).

Mainstream An education setting mixing deaf children with hearing.

Makaton A language programme designed to provide a means of communication to individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking.

MHGS Mary Hare Grammar School for the Deaf.

Minicom A way in which deaf people can use a conventional telephone to make phone calls by typing out their conversation.

NDCS National Deaf Children’s Society.

NRCPD The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and DeafBlind People.

Oral Method Without sign.

RNID Royal National Institute for the Deaf (old name for AOHL).

ROFL Rolling On the Floor Laughing (Does anyone actually do this?!).

Signature A UK based company offering sign language training at various levels (previously CACDP).

SMS Short Message Service.  (Or a “text” on a mobile phone).

SSE Signed Supported English (signs that follow an English word order).

‘Terp Interpreter.

TextDirect The way in which deaf people can make calls to hearing people/organisations with the help of an operator using their minicom.  Essentially a 3 way conversation with the operator relaying what the deaf person types or the hearing person says.

Textphone See minicom.

TI Trainee Interpreter.

TOD Teacher of the Deaf.

888 The old way of displaying subtitles on an analogue television.


If we use any others that you are unsure of, don’t be afraid to ask.  We will happily add to and expand this list as time goes on.

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