The BDA is the UK’s leading membership organisation and registered charity run by Deaf people for Deaf people. The BDA delivers a range of services to achieve its aims of empowering Deaf people to overcome difficulties that they face on a daily basis.
Working with individuals or groups to empower them to have their views heard and listened to, to ensure service providers are aware of Deaf equality/rights, and to ensure that Deaf people have access to clear and full information to make informed decisions when dealing with service providers.
Early intervention projects with children and families to offer appropriate activities and mentoring support with trained adult Deaf role models through which young Deaf people can develop skills, understand their identity and culture, and gain useful coping strategies to better manage life and educational transitions more confidently.
The BSL Charter is a BDA initiative which seeks to assist public agencies to provide better access to their services for Deaf BSL communities and to engage with local BSL forums to deliver the five pledges
Campaigning for legal protection of BSL, raising awareness of the importance of BSL by co-ordinating BSL Awareness week, and by publishing research and policy documents.
Working with local Deaf communities to develop self-help groups/forums that can negotiate with and influence local service providers.
Responding to public consultations and producing reports that ensures that the needs of sign language users are considered as this group is often overlooked.
Providing accessible information through the British Deaf News and BDA’s website that is fully accessible in English and BSL formats.