Hundreds turn out for disability-led world record attempt in London

388 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN RECORD ATTEMPT FOR THE ‘LARGEST TACTILE SIGNING LESSON’

The event in Tower Gardens, London, was organised by the national disability charity, Sense, and the international accountancy and advisory firm, Mazars

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388 people participated in a Guinness World Record attempt for the ‘Largest Tactile Signing Lesson’, on Tuesday, in an event organised by the national disability charity, Sense, and the international accountancy and advisory firm, Mazars.

Members of the public were joined by staff from Mazars and Sense to participate in the lesson that took place in Tower Gardens, by the Tower of London. The total number of participants exceeded the 250 target set by Guinness World Records.

Tactile signing is a common means of communication used by people who are deafblind (meaning they have both a sight and hearing impairment), which is based on a sign language and involves touch. The event was organised to raise awareness of the different communication methods used by people with complex disabilities.

The 30-minute lesson, led by Emma Boswell, who is deafblind and works for Sense, focused on one form of tactile signing, ‘deafblind manual’, an adapted form of finger spelling taken from British Sign Language (BSL). Each letter is spelt out on the hand, enabling communication by touch alone.

Phil Verity, Mazars Senior Partner, said: “For the second year running, Mazars staff have shown their enthusiasm and commitment to raising awareness for Sense, and I am immensely proud of the organisation and effort that went into attempting this new world record. Our partnership with Sense is based on shared values and a common purpose, and we’re delighted to support its important work.”

Richard Kramer, Sense Chief Executive, said: “Everyone at Sense is thrilled by the result. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn about how people who are deafblind, and those with complex disabilities, communicate, and also get into the record books! We’d like to thank our partner Mazars for their support.”

The evidence will now be sent to Guinness World Records to be officially verified.