The British Deaf Association (BDA) and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have both responded to a request from Limping Chicken for a response to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
The BDA has said that it will work with the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) to ensure the BDA and Deaf Community in the UK are a “vital part” of the EUD.
Their statement said:
“The people have spoken on the future of the UK in the European Union. Whatever happens as a result of the decision to leave, the BDA will continue to make sure that the rights of Deaf people are properly heard and protected.
Our language, access and inclusion are the most important parts of our lives and will work with the UK Government to ensure there are no further negative impacts on Deaf people’s rights as a result of leaving the EU.
The Chair has already been in contact with the Director of European Union of the Deaf (EUD) regarding any impact, and implications, and we have both agreed will do all we can to ensure the BDA and the Deaf Community in the UK are a vital part of the EUD.
Discussion will be on-going but nothing will change overnight and until Article 50 is invoked only then will real in-depth discussion will take place and could take up to two years to resolve “Importantly, the BDA is, and will remain, the “voice” of Deaf people in the UK”
Meanwhile Susan Daniels, the NDCS Chief Executive has said:
“Whatever happens, the National Deaf Children’s Society will continue to campaign to protect vital services for deaf children.”
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