Deaf News: British Deaf Association launches General Election manifesto (BSL)

Posted on May 3, 2017

Hot on the heels of deafPLUS (who launched their own election manifesto last week), the British Deaf Association have launched their General Election manifesto, complete with BSL videos.

The manifesto and information about how to use it have each been released as videos, which can be seen below (or click here for the manifesto and here for the ‘how to’ video):

On their site, the BDA list the policies which they think are important, and these include:

UK Sign Language Act – along the lines of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 to ensure “that access to public services and information using sign language is included in all future plans by public bodies.”

Deaf children having a bilingual and bicultural education – aiming “to ensure that all parents and/or carers of deaf children are made aware of local BSL/ISL facilities such as BSL/ISL classes through inclusion in the Local Offer as required by the Children and Families Act 2014.”

Fairer Assessments for PIP and Access to Work for Deaf people – “to ensure the most vulnerable do not lose out on their rightful entitlements.”

Video Relay Services – giving Deaf people more access to video sign language interpretation, and having this “embedded in legislation.”

Fair and independent research on Deaf education – “used to develop future policy to improve the life-chances of all deaf children in the UK.”

Read the BDA manifesto by clicking here.

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