[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/152497000" align="center"][vc_column_text] Journey to British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 Let's take a reflection with this special video clip showing Scotland's historic campaigning in 2014 and journey towards the passing of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act in 2015. The video was released on Saturday 17th September 2016 to mark one year anniversary of 'BSL (Scotland) Act 2015'. For more information and updates on BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 - please click here to view on Br...

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British Sign Language BSL stands for British Sign Language, a visual language used by 151,000 people in the UK. It is a natural language created by deaf people and dates back hundreds of years. Did you know that many heading people also use BSL, making it more common than Welsh and Gaelic! What is Sign Language? Deaf people around the world communicate using sign language as distinct from spoken language in their everyday lives. A Sign Language is a visual language that uses a system of manual, facial and body movements as the means of c...

The British Government finally recognised BSL as a language in its own right on 18th March 2003. The announcement was made by Andrew Smith MP, the Secretary for the Department of Work and Pensions, and Maria Eagle MP, the Minister for Disabled People. [caption id="attachment_688" align="alignnone" width="800"] L to R: Maria Eagle MP, Alan Murray BDA Vice-Chair and Andrew Smith MP[/caption] Andrew Smith MP making the announcement on BSL recognition, London, 18th March 2003   Official recognition of British Sign Language 1987-2...

Monday 16 March Tuesday 17 March Wednesday 18 March BSL Recognition Day: 12 years on and the fight continues Today marks BSL Recognition Day - part of BDA's Sign Language Week. While some steps have been made, such as the current scrutiny of the BSL (Scotland) Bill and Northern Ireland's welcoming of the BSL/ISL roadmap to legal recognition report – there is still a long way to go. BDA’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, David Buxton says: "12 years on and we still do not have a BSL Act. Ministers have evaded quest...

The British Deaf Association (BDA) published a daily social media poster connected to the Sign Language Awareness theme “I’m Deaf, Let’s Sign!”. DAY 1: 14 March 2016 https://vimeo.com/158964197 SUPPORT BSL / ISL – MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TODAY 14 March was a special day as Northern Ireland Assembly members made a pledge to support BSL / ISL. DAY 2: 15 March 2016 DIANA WAS PROUD TO SIGN! HOW ABOUT YOU? A lot of people are unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales, proudly used British Sign Language when she was the BDA’s Royal Patron. DAY 3: 16 M...