Here is a short video to tell you what happened yesterday regarding the result of the Private Members’ Bill Ballot. Let’s hope one of them will introduce #BSL Bill.
So far, 356 MPs have received a BSL Bill email letter from local Deaf and BSL supporters. We’ve reached 54% of a total number of 650 MPs. We still need to find more local Deaf and BSL supporters to contact another 294 MPs who haven’t received BSL Bill email letters!
This is a BSL video from BDA Midlands of an interview with a Deaf gentleman, Steven Carey, who has kindly shared his experience of being shielded, and how he coped during the lockdowns.
A campaign plan is vital for a winning ‘BSL Act Now’ campaign. A strong and clear plan will serve as a roadmap to achieving our ultimate goal of a BSL Act.
The 18th March 2003 was when the UK Government formally recognised British Sign Language as a language in its own right. It also promised to look into a legal status for BSL. Eighteen years on, we’re still waiting. Waiting for the key to the door to a BSL Act. No more. We’re not waiting any longer.
I am very pleased that the Ministry of Justice has finally recognised the need to update the law to allow BSL/English interpreters in the Jury Room in order that they may interpret for Deaf jurors who use sign language.