Sign language teacher from Devon wins national award
A Devon sign language teacher has scooped a top national award for helping improve deaf people's lives.
John Mancini, who works at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, was named Teacher of the Year at the Signature Annual Awards ceremony in London.
He was especially praised for his motivational attitude and promotion of deaf-awareness within the community.
His work was also described as "vital" in achieving a more inclusive society for deaf people.
This is the second year that Signature, a charity which champions excellence in communication with deaf and deafblind people, has run the award.
Signature Chief Executive Jim Edwards said: "John's work is vital in achieving a society that is more inclusive for deaf people.
"John is famously kind-hearted, with a commitment which is second to none.
"He is well thought of by his students and thoroughly deserves the recognition this accolade brings. He should be very proud."
According to the charity, Mr Mancini has had a "massively positive impact" on his students.