National Curriculum with BSL - Petition

97% of young people support for BSL in GCSE

  97% of young people support the idea of a GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL). A petition (currently at 22,008 signatures) calls for BSL...
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Intense but fantastic: My year in the national spotlight

In January 2015 Drisana Levitzke-Gray, of Balga in Western Australia, was awarded the ultimate accolade when she was named the Young Australian of the...

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.
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How local Healthwatch are making Deaf people’s voices heard

There’s a local Healthwatch in every area of England. They exist to find out what people want from local health and social care services,...
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Celebrating the deaf business owner

The BDA held an event in conjunction with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed for deaf people who own businesses or who...
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Margate closure leaves deaf children with complex needs in limbo: Sasha

Local authorities and parents have been struggling to find alternative schools for children who had been attending the Royal School for Deaf Children since...
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The History of Interpreting

As long as Deaf sign language users have been around, there have been interpreters providing that crucial link to the mainstream world. But the...

Have your say on the NHS Accessible Information Standard review – Olivia Butterworth (BSL)

As the Accessible Information Standard review is launched, NHS England’s Head of Public Participation, calls on people to share their experiences: Last summer, we reached...

New milestone for the BSL Charter

Dr Terry Riley, Chair of the BDA, tells British Deaf News about the first signing of the BSL Charter by a Deaf mental health services provider. The...

Power in Our Hands online now (BSL)

https://vimeo.com/204640918 "Power in Our Hands", the BDA's ground-breaking feature length documentary released in 2015, is now available to watch in the comfort of your own...