Join us Support us

Posts Tagged ‘BSL’

30 OctBSL SIG Act

David Buxton, Chair of the UKCoD’s Special Interest Group called the ‘BSL Act SIG’, shares information about this group and key points about the work they have been doing so far towards a new BSL Act.

Watch David’s signing this information in the video below or scroll down to read in English:

BSL Act SIG is a voluntary group consisting of UKCoD members: British Deaf Association (BDA), DCAL, Deaf Ex-mainstreamers (DEX), Heriot Watt University and National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). David Buxton was appointed as Chair. David is currently CEO of Action on Disability (AoD) and also Hon. Treasurer of the BDA.

  • The purpose of UKCoD’s BSL Act SIG is primarily concerned with getting a BSL Bill through Parliament with support from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPGD), which is currently chaired by the Rt. Hon Lilian Greenwood, MP.
  • David presented a draft BSL Bill to the APPGD in August 2020. MPs and Peers were there to listen and ask questions regarding how we would plan a BSL Bill campaign. They agreed in principle to support a BSL Bill. David, with Craig Crowley, Chair of UKCoD, will be meeting the Rt. Hon Lilian Greenwood MP to discuss the next steps.
  • Representatives of the BSL Act SIG met the Clerk of the Private Members Bill Unit at the House of Commons earlier this month to discuss the draft BSL Bill which will be slightly amended in order to meet the desired parliamentary language style and structure.
  • Once a BSL Bill and BSL Act Campaign plan is approved by BSL Act SIG, then we will consult with the Deaf Community and BSL supporting organisations to gather their thoughts and views in order to build up a strong network in support of the BSL Act campaign work.
  • The BSL Act SIG will launch a formal BSL Bill and mobilise local BSL supporting campaigners to meet their local MPs (only backbenchers not Ministers, etc.,), to persuade them to agree to support a BSL Bill if their names are drawn out of the Private Members Bill ballot around May 2021. We have to ensure that one of the first five MPs drawn out of the PMB ballot is willing to introduce a BSL Bill – preferably the first one drawn.

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.

04 MayJoin us for Deaf Awareness Week

SH_logo_24cm

At SignHealth we are proud to be THE Deaf health charity

We hope you join us in celebrating Deafness, sharing communication best practice and getting involved in our work to improve Deaf people’s health and well-being.

Follow our activities and share your own with –

#DAW2020    #DeafAwarenessWeek

Deaf-Awareness-Poster

25 MarAccess to Relay UK for regular calls

Ofcom is working closely with the UK’s telecoms providers (in particular with BT) to make sure all consumers have access to essential communications services during the current situation.

BT is maintaining the Relay UK services and is making sure its staff are able to deal with calls to its 18000 service (the equivalent of 999).

Customers have noticed recently that they have to wait longer than usual to access the service.  This is due to more calls and way calls are answered and handled.

BT has introduced a range of measures to help Relay UK manage better with more calls.

BT is:

  • Reallocating staff from other duties to relay calls
  • Recruiting and training additional staff
  • Looking at options to reduce hang-ups while callers/called parties are waiting for the relay assistant to be joined to the call

Text relay calls are currently handled in a number of locations across the UK.  BT may open an additional call centre if this is necessary, and this is being considered.

BT are looking in to prioritising relay calls to NHS 111 so people with health needs will be handled first.

It is useful to remember that NHS 111 is now accessible 24 hours a day in British Sign Language.  Relay UK users who are BSL users also have this option: https://interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111.

18 MarBBC – Government briefings in BSL on Coronavirus

The BBC have announced that they will be providing Sign Language Interpretation on all weekday Coronavirus government briefings and that the BBC is doing everything it can to ensure these important briefings are accessible.

Please note:  Due to limited resources there will be some changes to live signing on the BBC News from Monday 23rd March as follows:

On weekday mornings there will be signing from:-

07:45 – 08:15

13:00 – 13:30

News will be signed each weekday as normal as will the 07:00 – 07:30 slots on weekends.

The situation is quickly developing and the BBC will keep you informed of any further changes to their  sign language coverage.

We would be grateful if you could share these changes with your networks.