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THE hunt is on for the UK’s finest deaf communicators.

Nominations are wanted for the 2012 Signature Annual Awards, which recognise those who are making a positive contribution to the lives of the deaf community.

Forming part of Signature’s celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary of providing accredited sign language qualifications, the awards uncover the inspirational stories behind the UK’s teachers and learners who are helping to break down the barriers to communication that deaf and deafblind people regularly face.

Alongside honouring the talents of the country’s regional Teacher of the Year and Learner of the Year, Signature is also looking for the individuals and organisations for its national awards including Community Spirit, Communication Professional of the Year and the prestigious Joseph Maitland Robinson Award for Outstanding Contribution.

Jim Edwards, chief executive of Signature, said: “Since the launch of awards in 2009 we have uncovered so many truly inspirational individuals and organisations that have shown a real passion for creating a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access.

“Given the fantastic work that has been carried out across the UK over the past 12 months in improving deaf awareness I am certain there is still a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered.”

Nominations for the regional Teacher of the Year and Learner of the Year awards can be submitted at www.signature.org.uk/awards until Wednesday May 2.

Regional winners will be announced on June 13. They will then progress to the national final later this year when the UK’s Teacher of the Year and Learner of the Year will be chosen.