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23 AugPress Release: BDA challenge UK Gov at UN

21st August Press Release

British Deaf Association take complaints about UK government’s disability rights record to the United Nations

The British Deaf Association, with other Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) from across the United Kingdom, will today attend the United Nations in Geneva to highlight the government’s ongoing human rights violations and evasive behaviour towards a major United Nations committee.

The disability committee is reviewing the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People for the first time. The UK government ratified the Convention in 2011. DDPOs will tell the Committee that the government has ignored many of the questions put to it earlier this year as part of the review process. It will consider the government’s response to its questions and the DDPOs’ observations before quizzing representatives from the UK and devolved governments in Geneva later this week (23 and 24 August).

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24 JulHearing Link and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People merge

News Release: 18 July

Hearing Link and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People merge

HRH The Princess Royal, Royal Patron of charities Hearing Link and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, today attended the Hearing Dogs Board Meeting where the Chairman announced its forthcoming harmonious merger with Hearing Link on 1st August 2017. The Princess Royal will continue as Royal Patron of the merged charities. In common with many small charities, the challenging and competitive fundraising environment has proved extremely difficult for Hearing Link.

By merging with Hearing Dogs, and incorporating Hearing Link as a distinct service within the larger charity, Hearing Link’s future work is secured and they can plan with confidence to deliver life-changing services to ever-increasing numbers of people. Hearing Link’s name will not change, and their services will continue to run as before, but with the stability of a much larger charity to strengthen their work. Read more of this article

13 JunRoyal Association for Deaf people nominated for Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year

PRESS RELEASE

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) has been nominated for Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year.

Being Deaf can be extremely isolating; everyday tasks can be a challenge for Deaf people. RAD provides a wide variety of services for Deaf people in their first or preferred language which is usually British Sign Language (BSL).

Staff at the Sainsbury’s Stanway, Colchester store nominated three local charities including RAD. Read more of this article

31 MarBritish Gas Launches Free Sign Language Service

For immediate release: 30th March 2017

  • Energy company teams up with SignVideo to improve access for deaf and hearing impaired customers
  • Service will provide free and instant online sign language interpretation

British Gas, the country’s largest energy supplier, is now offering live, online British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation to its customers.

Teaming up with SignVideo, British Gas launched the free service this month which will allow sign language users to access the company’s full range of customer services. Read more of this article

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