An adjournment debate on the provision of Cochlear Implants was held on 24th March when Jim Fitzpatrick, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness at Westminster, spoke about the low take up of cochlear implants by adults compared with other countries. Brian Lamb, the Chair of the Action Group on Adult Cochlear Implantation had provided a Brief, and Mr Fitzpatrick used the report “Spend to Save: increasing hearing technology improves lives and saves society money” by Brian Lamb, Sue Archbold and Ciaran O’Neill, which was launched in Westminster. Read more of this article
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
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”.
16 MarSign 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.