Event Summary

After decades of campaigning, the British Sign Language Act finally passed into law on 28 April 2022. It was a truly historic moment. But what will it really mean for the Deaf community?

The Government are committed to the roll-out of the BSL Act and are recruiting Deaf people and BSL signers to serve on the BSL Advisory Board to support the implementation and roll-out of the Act.

The British Deaf Association (BDA) are proud to have successfully campaigned for a BSL Act through the coalition of a BSL Act Now core group of organisations and volunteers. Now we have a BSL Act, what happens next?

Never has there been a better time for us to come together to work together to discuss how the Government and public authorities consult with the Deaf community to ensure they are fulfilling their legal obligations.


  • Rose Cooper MP
  • Tom Pursglove MP
  • Craig Crowley MBE
  • Dr Rob Wilks
  • Jeff Brattan-Wilson
  • Aylia Zaheed
  • Elaine Savory
  • Sarah Adedeji
  • David Morrison
  • Katie Littlejohns
  • Dr Kate Rowley
  • Catherine Drew
  • Dr Robert Adam
  • Rebecca Mansell

Who should attend

  • Deaf people’s organisations
  • Interpreting agencies
  • Deaf people
  • Hearing BSL signers
  • Central Government
  • Local Government
  • Research and Policy Groups
  • Third Sector
  • Deaf Schools
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Hearing professionals

Key Points

Key points which will be covering at the conference:

  •  What the BSL Act 2022 will mean for the Deaf community?
  •  Role of the Government’s non-statutory BSL Advisory Board.
  •  Empowering the Deaf community to understand their rights under the BSL Act.
  •  Introducing the BSL Alliance, providing Deaf organisations with resources and tools to collectively work together to monitor the implementation of the BSL Act.

Face to Face event

  • In-person, live event
  • Lunch provided
  • Centrally located, high quality conference and training venue
  • Face to face networking

Sponsorship Pack

We would like to give organisations and companies the opportunity to sponsor the BSL Conference.

Our Sponsorship Pack can be downloaded here: BSL Conference 2023 Sponsorship Pack (PDF)

Ticket Prices:

  • BDA Members: £50
  • Non Members and Registered Charities: £150
  • Public Sector: £170
  • Central Government: £190
  • Private Sector: £210

Venue Details & Access

The Conference will take place at Leonardo Royal London City, 8-14 Cooper’s Row, London, EC3N 2BQ.

Attend this full-day event in person to network, build relationships and learn from your peers.

This event is wheelchair accessible and will provide priority seating. Please let us know your access requirements. Interpreters and captions will be provided.

With thanks to our sponsor: