Sign Language Week 2016

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

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 March 2016

I’M NOTHING WITHOUT SIGN LANGUAGE

It is about Deaf individuals who cannot live without Sign Language. They love their language. They are proud and empowered by their language.

DAY 4: 17 March 2016

EVERY CHILD MATTERS

We asked you to join us as we call for major investment in an Early Years Intervention programme that would allow deaf children to be bi-lingually taught from an early age to boost self-esteem in learning languages.
We want their families to learn too and be able to provide a happier family environment with full communication.
To donate in support of the BDA’s Sign Language Projects, making a real difference to families, their deaf children and young people – http://bit.ly/Donate-2-BDA

DAY 5: 18 March 2016

THIRTEEN YEARS ON, WE ARE STILL WAITING… PARLIAMENT MAY HAVE FORGETTEN, WE HAVEN’T!

It is 13 years since the Government recognised BSL as a language in its own right. They promised at the time to consider a legal status for BSL.
151,000 BSL users in the UK are still waiting for our language to have the same rights as Welsh, Gaelic and even Cornish! We need a BSL Act!

DAY 6: 19 March 2016 

BSL IS THE FOURTH MOST WIDELY USED INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE IN THE UK

Saturdays are for sports, leisure, arts and entertainments, but do we have access to BSL support to be able to enjoy them? The BDA runs the Deaf Roots and Pride UK project supporting deaf children, young people and older people, providing mentors to visit and support them to be more active in their local communities.

DAY 7: 20 March 2016

FAMILY SIGNS AT HOME, ALL INCLUSIVE!

Sunday is Family day. In Northern Ireland, the BDA provides Family Signs at Home, a very successful project in which families can learn Sign Language together at home.

Some of the best tweets

Facebook Statistics

• 909 likes
• 678 shares
• 9,445 viewed on 4 different FB videos
• 111,856 reached to people

Twitter Statistics

• 301 retweets
• 216 likes
• 143 link clicks
• 1,330 engagements (number of times a user has interacted with a tweet)
• 38,100 impressions (number of times people saw the tweet on Twitter)

Hashtag Statistics

• Hashtag used on both Facebook and Twitter: 351 times (by the public with either their own photos or videos. Some coming from some part of Europe, Saudi Arabia, India, USA, Australia and New Zealand)
• Hashtag result for Facebook: http://bit.ly/fbbdahashtag
• Hashtag result for Twitter: http://bit.ly/tweetbdahashtag

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