About

Our Mission
Commanding Hands aims to teach people British Sign Language (BSL) for free. We want everyone to learn and use British Sign Language.

We’re currently using YouTube and social media to provide tutorial videos while promoting the use of British Sign Language.

Our History
Commanding Hands was established on 11th December 2011 by Daniel Ryan and Melanie Morris. Daniel Ryan is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) and Melanie Morris was a Deaf BSL user and prominent figure of the Leicester Deaf community. The aim of Commanding Hands is to promote the use of British Sign Language and provide free-to-access learning resources.

The vast majority of our work is available to watch on online platforms such as YouTube, however in 2012 Melanie Morris led a beginners BSL course in a traditional classroom setting to great success.

In April 2019, Melanie Morris sadly passed away. Her contributions to the Deaf community and promoting BSL will never be forgotten.

In February 2020, we relaunched our online presence uploading more frequently to YouTube and other platforms.