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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

BBC’s See Hear programme highlights the issue with Hate Crimes against Deaf people

The BBC programme “See Hear” has reported on the shocking increase of hate crime within the disabled and deaf communities. The programme, aired on the 5th September, reported on how incidents of hate crime have risen by a third to more than 80,000 in England and Wales. Over 5,500 of these were disability hate crimes which include attacks on Deaf people.

Update: David Buxton’s court case against DWP

David Buxton, Chief Executive of Action in Disability in London, is a deaf man who works 5 days a week, but the Government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme only provides funding for British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters 3 days a week. In June 2018, Buxton took the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to court. The result has now been announced...

Why is there a shortage of Sign interpreters?

Why is there a shortage of Sign interpreters? Could it be that there aren't enough teachers of BSL? Is the shortage more severe in different parts of the country?

Deaf Schools or Mainstream?

In 1792 Britain's first Deaf school, the Royal School for Deaf children, opened. It was closed in December 2015. According to the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD), the number of Deaf schools fell from 75-21, 1982-2016. From 2011-18, there was a 14% decline in teachers of the Deaf and a 31% increase in demand.

My fight for more subtitled cinema showings

Imagine seeing a film advertised that you’d like to see… that excitement builds up inside, so you send a message to your friend; ‘Hey, let’s go and see this when it’s out!’

12 year old’s legal campaign to have BSL as a GCSE

Daniel Jillings has set up his own legal campaign to fight for a GCSE in British Sign Language. The campaign is receiving support through crowdfunding contributions on CrowdJustice.

Download wins award for festival accessibility

Download festival 2018 was the most socially and environmentally conscious in the event’s history. As has come to be expected, event organiser Festival Republic put together a star-studded line up, but it was the festival’s commitment to accessibility and sustainability that stood out as particularly noteworthy this year.

Potential progress to have BSL as a GCSE?

Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for Schools, seems to have changed his mind slightly on there being a GCSE in British Sign Language. Following...

Sign Language Lawyer now social media star

Article from BBC News – Published 30/05/2018 When a lawyer posted a video in sign language about the danger of Ponzi schemes, his post...

N.Ireland – Needs of deaf community not taken into account

From the Irish News - Letters to the Editor. Published 22nd May 2018 We are in agreement with the contents of a letter from Arnold...