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20 JulMaking on-demand services accessible – Second consultation

Ofcom is carrying out a second consultation (PDF, 1023.9 KB) on how on-demand services should be made accessible, to help us to make recommendations to Government.  The videos below give a summary of their proposals on areas where they particularly want to hear from sign-language users.

Video Links:


BSL summary videos

How to respond

To respond in BSL:

  • send Ofcom a video of you signing your response (up to five minutes); or
  • upload a video of you signing your response to YouTube (or another video hosting platform) and send them the link.

The email address is

The closing date for responses is 16 September 2020.

Full details on their website here.

16 JulWorking and participating remotely when you are deaf or hard of hearing


At the start of COVID pandemic, NADP has recognized a gap in ICT knowledge of online participation platforms among many people in deaf and hard of hearing communities. With the whole world suddenly moving to working and meeting virtually, the need to close this gap was greater than ever. On 20 June 2020 NADP has taken proactive step and organized an online workshop with a topic of working and participating in online meetings. The workshop was aimed at deaf and hard of hearing people who may not have necessary knowledge on online meetings, and this may in turn hold them back from signing up to participate in various webinars.

The format of the workshop ( Zoom meetings) allowed for interactive participation and everyone had the opportunity to ask questions.  Following feedback received, the workshop achieved its aim to close the knowledge gap and empower empowered deaf people to advocate for themselves.  If you would like to find information about next workshop, please contact us by sending email to

Working and Participating Remotely Factsheet [pdf]

09 JulNew Shielding Letter available in BSL

Updated guidance for those advised to shield due to COVID-19 has been issued. The British Sign Language translation is produced by the Department of Health and Social Care and SignHealth.

Please share this video with your network to ensure we reach every British Sign Language (BSL) user who may be shielding at home due to COVID-19. This is a full BSL translation of the new letter that was sent to every individual who has been asked to shield due to risks posed by certain health conditions.


30 JunCoronavirus stories in BSL for children

DCAL have been working hard at creating coronavirus stories in BSL for children in collaboration with Frank Barnes school.  The first story ‘Bunty and Bubbly UK’ can be viewed below.

There will be three further stories to come.

22 JunUK Council on Deafness endorses NDCS’s letter to Grant Shapps MP Transport Minister as regards to clear facemasks in Public Transport


UK Council on Deafness supports NDCS’s letter as we believe there is a clear need to ensure that communications around face coverings consider the needs of everyone, including deaf people, and are widely shared.

NDCS's letter

Information should also be shared around deaf awareness and the beneficial use of transparent facemasks, which allow for lip reading and ensure facial expressions can be seen. These measures will ensure that deaf people are supported in the best way possible during an extremely challenging time.

Grant Shapps was asked to look at the following measures:

  • Highlight the specific exemptions to the guidance for deaf people and tips for communication at the daily briefing when you next lead it;
  • Raise these issues with transport companies and ask them to ensure that staff and passengers are aware of the exemptions;
  • Include tips for communication in the guidance and;
  • Share importance of clear face mask and communication tips on Government’s social media channels?

NDCSLetter to Grant Shapps MP  [pdf]