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.
The United Kingdom (UK) is currently in the process of leaving the European Union (EU) and this will have some impact on life in Northern Ireland.
After The United Kingdom leaves the EU on the 31st October 2019, there may be some changes to the way we travel abroad. The BDA have created some useful videos on what to expect when Brexit comes into force; you can find these on our dedicated Brexit page at bda.org.uk/brexit
Belfast City Council has today become the first Northern Ireland council to sign up to the British/Irish Sign Language Charter, committing to promote better access to public services for Deaf communities.