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.
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.
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.