British Deaf Association

The British Deaf Association is the UK’s leading membership organisation and registered charity run by Deaf people for Deaf people.  Founded in 1890 as the British Deaf and Dumb Association, the BDA has a long and illustrious history of working to protect, and promote, British Sign Language and the Rights of Deaf people across the UK.  We believe that every Deaf person has the right to communicate in their preferred language and that every Deaf child has the right to bilingual education.

Since the early 1980s the BDA has been pressing for official governmental status for British Sign Language.  We celebrate Sign Language Week every year in March to mark a significant date, 18th March.  On this day in 2003, for the very first time in our history, the Government recognised BSL as an “official” language.

However, as BSL does not yet have any legal status, we continue to promote Sign Language Week to show how BSL is used, shared, and enjoyed by many children, people, families, groups and communities.

To learn more about the BDA and our work please see here.

Please donate now to support the BDA’s ongoing campaign for a legal status of BSL to give Deaf people legal protection.