2019/20 - Annual Review
2019-2020 was a challenging year for Deaf people in the UK. The impacts continued with welfare reform, cuts in funding and uncertainty over Brexit. The devastating COVID-19 lockdown towards the end of the financial year highlighted the need for essential life-changing information to be given in both British Sign Language (BSL) and Irish Sign Language (ISL) – the latter being used by some Deaf members in Northern Ireland.
2018/19 - Annual Review
2018-19 was another challenging year for Deaf people in the UK. The impacts of welfare reform, cuts in funding for education for deaf children, and closure of more provisions for Deaf people have had far-reaching impacts across the community.
2017/18 - Annual Review
2017-18 has seen some key developments for the BDA, with the expansion of the Deaf Roots and Pride project, further progress with our BSL Charter, and a huge growth in our policy work, including our first time engaging in a state review by the United Nations. We have been involved in promoting the rights of Deaf sign language users across all of the devolved nations, through access and inclusion events, advocacy work, the BSL National Plan in Scotland, and our ongoing work to try and bring legal recognition of sign languages across the UK. The BDA continue to give specific focus to the Deaf community in our ‘community development’ projects through social events, mentoring schemes, British Deaf News and the annual ‘National Sign Language Week’ awareness campaign, all of which have continued growing in
scope and reach.