Browsing All posts tagged under »bsl act«

“We want more than an Act of Parliament” says Sarah Batterbury, BDA expert

March 12, 2014


Next week the BDA (British Deaf Association) launch Sign Language Week with the theme of ‘Strengthening Our Rights’. Planned to coincide with the anniversary of the official recognition of British Sign Language in 2003, a range of activities are planned including Deaf Lobby Day, where deaf people will meet MPs in Westminster Hall and the […]

“I didn’t know what would be done.” Deaf actor Matthew Gurney explains how he had an operation without being given an interpreter

December 9, 2013


The last week has been a blur. After watching Gerry Hughes appearing on Surprise Surprise last Sunday at my friend’s flat in North London, I started to feel unwell. It was around 9pm, and I put my tummy ache down to not cooking my noodles properly. I was preparing for a week of theatre rehearsal […]

Deaf news: New era for signers in New Zealand

September 3, 2013


While our leaders thrash it out with Sir Malcolm Bruce at Westminster, in New Zealand their Human Rights Commission has released a report about New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and how they ought to set up a body (very similar to the British idea being discussed today) to promote the rights of users of sign […]

Deaf News: Crunch meeting of deaf organisations and groups at Parliament today

September 3, 2013


A who’s who of representatives of the UK’s deaf world will be meeting today at Portcullis House, Westminster, to try and find agreement on what should be in Sir Malcolm Bruce’s PMB (Private Members Bill). Bruce’s name was drawn in a ballot of MPs to get the chance to put Bill before the House and […]

Deaf News: Deaf leaders look to the future as 30% of eligible MPs back Early Day Motion calling for action on BSL

April 29, 2013


The closing date to sign Early Day Motion (EDM) 1167 passed on Friday with 122 MPs from across the political spectrum showing their support for government action on BSL. The EDM was tabled by Sir Malcolm Bruce MP on the tenth anniversary of the official recognition of BSL (British Sign Language) with the support of the […]

Deaf News: MPs rush to put BSL into the top 15 Early Day Motions of the year

April 25, 2013


A rush of 12 MPs signing an EDM (Early Day Motion) this week to promote the rights of sign language users has pushed the number of MPs signatures up to 122 and now makes EDM 1167 the 15th best supported of this parliamentary year. With only five days left for MPs to back the motion, […]

Alison Bryan: How to get a BSL Act onto the government agenda

April 19, 2013


This article was first published on Grumpy Old Deafies here: and is republished here under a Creative Commons licence and by by kind permission of the author. Recently, I posted my thoughts on Twitter (@Deaf) about any current campaign for a BSL Act, as well as discussion with a few people. This blog post is a fuller […]