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.
The British Deaf Association wrote to the Prime Minister on 31st March 2020 asking for his invention to ensure televised sign language interpretations of the official briefings are relayed on BBC1. This is the only channel accessible to all.
The British Deaf Association is delighted to share the news that the House of Commons is to provide British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation of Prime Minister’s Questions on a trial basis starting with Wednesday’s session.
The Northern Ireland Assembly have reprised calls for a BSL/ISL Bill and hope to see progress “in the coming weeks and months”.
The British Deaf Association (Northern Ireland) congratulates all parties on reaching agreement to restore the devolved Government in Northern Ireland. We are also delighted that both British and Irish Sign Languages have a prominent place within the ‘New Decade New Approach’ proposals.
If you live in Northern Ireland, it’s useful to know that the Department for Communities (DfC) have launched a VRS service to chat to staff about benefits information.