The charity deafPLUS has launched a manifesto of policies which would benefit Deaf and hard of hearing people in the upcoming general election.
The manifesto can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.
The charity did the same for the general election in 2015 and has now quickly updated the policies, drawing upon its experience of working with thousands of d/Deaf people across the country each year, in the hope that the policies may influence the major political parties and that people will ask local candidates to adopt them.
The suggested policies in the manifesto include:
- BSL Bill – to “provide formal recognition of British Sign Language throughout England and Wales”
- Accessible High Street services – companies to publish what reasonable adjustments they put in place for deaf customers
- Improved access to mental health services for D/deaf people
- Better access to NHS information
- A stop to rationing of hearing aids
- Better communication support for D/deaf people who live in care homes
- Broadcasting legislation to be updated to reflect advances in technology and the advent of on-demand services
- Improvements to Access to Work provision
Gary Williams, CEO of deafPLUS said:
“Like most people, we were surprised when Theresa May called the snap election. There is an brief opportunity for the d/Deaf community to influence the political parties as they put their detailed policy platforms together. That is why deafPLUS has worked quickly to put a deafPLUS Manifesto together. It draws upon our experience of working with thousands of d/Deaf people across the country each year.
The manifesto has been sent to each of the major parties. I have asked that they consider including in their own election policy documents. It is my hope that Limping Chicken Readers might also use the deafPLUS manifesto to challenge their local candidates on issues of concern to them. In this way, together, we might be able to put Deaf issues on the political agenda, and bring about positive change for Deaf people and people living with hearing loss.”
Download the manifesto as a PDF by clicking here.
The Limping Chicken is the UK’s deaf blogs and news website, and is the world’s most popular deaf blog. It is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
Please note that the views of the writers are their own, and not necessarily the views of the Editor or site as a whole. Read our disclaimer here.
- Rayovac: Never run out of hearing aid batteries again by subscribing!
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out how to add Live Captions to Facebook Live!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Hearing Direct: Online hearing aids
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Cast Theatre, Doncaster: The UK's the UK’s first fully BSL integrated pantomime
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Deaf Independent: Deaf care and support services
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- cSeeker: Deaf-led educational communication support service
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people