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06 MayTell Ofcom what you think …

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Tell us what you think about British Sign Language on TV channels and on-demand services

Ofcom is today inviting people who use British Sign language (BSL) to tell us what they think about signing on TV and video-on-demand services.

Our survey aims to find out how often BSL users watch signed programmes, the types of programmes they watch, and what they think of the quality and availability of signed programmes.

The feedback we receive will be crucial in helping to inform our guidelines on signing for TV channels and on-demand services – including what types of programmes should be prioritised.

We’d like to hear from people who:

  • are over 16 and use BSL to communicate;
  • live with someone over 16 who uses BSL to communicate; or
  • have a child under 16 who uses BSL to communicate.

People with more than one BSL user in their household can complete one survey for each BSL user.

Participants can respond through an online BSL-interpreted survey, or by sending us a video of them signing their response.

The survey is open until Thursday 1 July.

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04 MayDeaf Young People’s Educational Transitions Study

A study is being conducted through the University College London (UCL) about about deaf young people’s educational transitions.  They are interested in learning about your experience when leaving school to go to college, university, or work.

They are looking for young deaf people aged 18-30 with any degree of permanent hearing loss to complete a questionnaire, which is in both BSL and English.

The questionnaire focuses on school experience, what you are currently doing now, what support worked well and what needs to be improved.

The questionnaire will be used to help change current transition policies and support.

Complete the Questionnaire –


12 AprUKCoD/DAC Relay UK Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 Relay UK survey.  The initial results were surprising.  We will now review the information provided by you before we can issue key findings.   During this process we will be approaching some participants who provided contact details to enable to obtain views on possible solutions to the issues identified.  If any participants would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you.  In the first instance please contact Clare Long at  We will then be discussing the resulting wish list to improve the communication relay services with BT, Ofcom and others.

18 MarLaw change opens doors for deaf jurors in England and Wales

Deaf people who require the use of a sign language interpreter will be allowed to take part in jury service for the first time, it has been announced.

Before this announcement, laws strictly prohibited anyone beyond the 12 sworn jurors from entering jury deliberation rooms. This is to safeguard against outside influence. It meant that an interpreter would be deemed an unlawful “13th person”, thus preventing those who require their assistance from participating in this important civic duty.

The new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 announced last week (March 9th) means over 80,000 deaf people across England and Wales can now participate in jury service. It forms part of wider reforms announced that seek to build a fairer justice system.

Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, said: “Disability should not be a barrier to people carrying out this most important civic duty. I am delighted we can open up jury service to many thousands more people and ensure our justice system becomes as accessible and inclusive as possible.”

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15 MarBritish Deaf Association – #SignLanguageWeek

British Deaf Association

Once again we are running a website dedicated to our annual Sign Language Week –

The theme of the week is ‘With Sign Language and Culture – We Prosper’. Keep an eye out for our daily videos during Sign Language Week to find out more.

You can use the site to look up local events, as well as facts, figures and resources. You can also be part of Sign Language Week via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: #SignLanguageWeek


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