NEW DATE for Sign Language Week 2019:
March 18-24

British Sign Language is Britain’s fourth indigenous language

Let’s celebrate Sign Language Week!

DAY 7 – Saturday 18th March

“Pride in BSL Day”

We are celebrating ‘Pride in BSL Day’ – today at the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby. It is the closing event of our successful nationwide ‘Sign Language Week 2018’ to raise awareness of the United Kingdom’s Deaf community and provide a platform for Deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture.

It was our time to celebrate our beautiful and unique language, British Sign Language (BSL) with the anniversary of BSL Recognition Day – every year since 18 March 2003.

And Tap here to see our photo gallery from the day! >

DAY 6 – Saturday 17th March

“We are proud of Our Future”

Fast approaching in the next month is the World Federation of Deaf Youth’s children camp to be held in Argentina. Four young Deaf children from the U.K. will be going and they are so excited! We have some videos of them telling us how they feel about the trip and what their goals and dreams for the future are.

And tap here to see what the others have been saying during the Sign Language Week – go to ‘Hall of Fame’ page >

DAY 5 – Friday 16th March

“We are Proud of Our Language”

Take a look at how the Scottish Deaf community feel a sense of pride with their language. And tap here to see what others are saying on the ‘Hall of Fame’ page >

DAY 4 – Thursday 15th March

“We are Proud of Our Culture”

We asked members of the South West Deaf community what are they are proud of. And tap here to see what others are saying on the ‘Hall of Fame’ page >

DAY 3 – Wednesday 14th March

“We are Proud of Our community”

We have a great and close-knit Deaf community and we are proud of it! We have deaf sports, social, business and many to mention. Take a look at Day 3 video with Belfast Deaf United football club. And tap here to see what others are saying on the ‘Hall of Fame’ page >

DAY 2 – Tuesday 13th March

“We are Proud of Our History”

We have a beautiful and rich history of British Sign Language and the Deaf community. You can see the rest of our online archive via SHARE: The Deaf Visual Archivewww.sharedeafarchive.org

DAY 1 – Monday 12th March

“We have Pride – What are you proud of?”

Tell us what are you proud of? Post your video on our ‘Hall of Fame’ page along with everyone else’s video – Tap here to see what others have done >

HALL OF FAME – Share what makes you proud of British Sign Language!

We want to know what makes you proud? It could be something involving the deaf community, or it could be to do with language and communication. It can be anything at all that makes you proud!

You can film yourself on your mobile phone but remember to film it landscape view (horizontal) only. Also we’d prefer if you recorded it with both your hands free. So please prop your phone on something so we can clearly see both your hands in your message.

We want too see your prideful statement in all its glory! You can create your own short video and upload here – tap on right – the “Upload your video” button now. Your video and contents will be added on the ‘Hall of Fame‘!

Events & Activities – Timetable

Check and see all of the planned activities during the Sign Language Week including BSL Pride Day, ‘Power in Our Hands‘ film, information sessions and seminars, tours, workshops including a well-known deaf dancer Chris Fonseca, Audrey Cameron on scientific experiments, and number of inspiring deaf people – See Events & Activities page >

What is BDA Sign Language Week?

To coincide with the anniversary of BSL Recognition Day (18 March) the British Deaf Association (BDA) holds a nationwide Sign Language Week, celebrating our beautiful and unique language, British Sign Language (BSL). Sign Language Week is designed to raise awareness of the United Kingdom’s Deaf community and provide a platform for Deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture.

WHY NOT LEARN SOME BSL

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

– Animals
– Family
– Transports

Lesson 3

Lesson 4