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22 MarDawn Butler MP raises question in Sign Language in Parliament

Dawn Butler MP calls for BSL Act

Labour MP Dawn Butler has been praised for using sign language to ask a question in the House of Commons about giving it legal status.

Ms Butler’s question will help to raise awareness about the lack of accessible information for Deaf people and encourage Parliament to consider the importance of a BSL Act.

The British Deaf Association said it was “delighted” Ms Butler had requested for Parliament to give the language legal status.

“We very much hope that the House will take note and consider Ms Butler’s early day motion as a priority to ensure that deaf people are part of the UK’s determination to be a leader in business and trade,” it said.

A House of Commons spokesman said “as far as records indicate” it is the first time sign language has been used to ask a question in the Chamber.

Dr Jan Sheldon, CEO of The Royal Association for Deaf people said that “Ms Butler’s question today should at the very least prick the conscience of our Government”.

RAD press release

BBC News Article

 

16 MarSign Language Week

Sign Language Week

To coincide with the anniversary of BSL Recognition Day (18 March) the British Deaf Association (BDA) holds a nationwide Sign Language Week, celebrating our beautiful and unique language, British Sign Language (BSL). Sign Language Week is designed to raise awareness of the United Kingdom’s Deaf community and provide a platform for Deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture.

Let’s celebrate Sign Language Week!

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