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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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28 FebWorld Hearing Day

3 March 2017: World Hearing Day
Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment

The theme for World Hearing Day 2017 “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” draws attention to the economic impact of hearing loss.

The day aims to raise awareness about public health strategies to reduce the prevalence and impact of hearing loss.

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14 FebWork, health and disability: consultation

A gentle reminder that the above consultation closes this Friday, 17th February 2017, details of which are below as circulated by the DWP:-

[As you may be aware DWP & DH currently have an open consultation on Work, Health & Disability.  Many of you have a longstanding interest in Access to Work, and whilst AtW is not a new scheme and is not being consulted on explicitly, as this consultation will close next Friday, I wanted to remind you of it and perhaps draw your attention to one or two areas that I think you might be interested in commenting on. Paragraph 168 discusses the idea of a one-stop-shop.   This has clear potential in raising the profile of AtW within this and exposing it more widely as well as bringing it together with other services to help with cross-referrals and marketing.  As with all such policy initiatives, undertaking such work requires a business case identifying demand and user need.  If you do think such an initiative is of value then the consultation provides an opportunity to lend weight to the evidence base. Read more of this article

24 JanAPPG on Deafness


The All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness held their Annual General Meeting on 16 January 2017.

The minutes of the meeting can be viewed here.

Details of previous meetings held in Parliament can also be viewed here.