The Dorothy Miles Cultural Centre (DMCC) was established by a group of both Deaf and hearing friends in memory of Dorothy Miles. The charity was set up to enhance communication and understanding between deaf and hearing people through social, cultural and educational activities in the Surrey area.
DMCC has achieved so much over the past 13 years including; arts programmes, children's activity days, BSL courses, deaf awareness courses and numerous workshops and Deaf related events.
Unfortunately, following reduced funding to hold all these events and with the recession squeezing all our budgets, many of the activities DMCC were so good at have had to stop for the time being.
However, one key area that has continued to be successful is the BSL courses and a new organisation called Dot Sign Language Limited will continue to offer these excellent courses in Guildford.
DMCC was named after Dorothy Miles, a sign language poet and playwright who worked in both the UK and America. She was also a research/tutor of American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL). She was passionate about Deaf issues, culture and sign language and longed to bridge the gap between Deaf and hearing people.
Dorothy Miles' vision was of deaf and hearing people learning, developing and working together. Through our BSL courses all of us here at Dot Sign Language, both deaf and hearing are working towards carrying out Dorothy's vision.