National BSL Day & Deaf Awareness Week
April 25th 2023

National BSL Day & Deaf Awareness Week

In support of National British Sign Language Day & Deaf Awareness Week, we’ve created a video of our team sharing some BSL Basics. We encourage everyone to learn as many signs as they can and get involved. You can find out more below, share how you’re celebrating and raising awareness on social media and start learning. Be a #BSLAlly!

Celebrate National BSL Day! 28 April 2023

On 28 April 2022, the British Sign Language (BSL) Act was passed by the UK Parliament, recognising BSL as an indigenous language of Great Britain. To commemorate this milestone, the British Deaf Association has proposed that the Deaf community now celebrate National BSL Day every year on the 28th of April.

You can get involved by creating and sharing a #BSLAlly #WhyILoveBSL video for #NationalBSLDay.

Click here to find out more and get involved!
Follow the British Deaf Association on Twitter

Deaf Awareness Week 2023 1-7 May “Access to Communication”

The aim of this year’s Deaf Awareness Week is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by the deaf community in accessing communication.

“The deaf community often faces significant barriers to communication, which can lead to social isolation, limited employment opportunities, and reduced access to essential services. To address these issues, this year’s Deaf Awareness Week will focus on raising awareness of the communication needs of the deaf community and advocating for greater access to communication tools and services.”

Individuals, organisations, and governments are encouraged to work together to create a more inclusive society where deaf individuals have the same access to communication as their hearing counterparts.

Find out more & download the DAW2023 poster here.

Visit #DeafAwarenessWeek
Follow @UKCouncilOnDeafness on Twitter

The British Deaf Association estimates that British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of 87,000 deaf people in the UK. BSL has a different grammar and word order to English and doesn’t have a written form. For many deaf people, BSL is an important part of their deaf identity. 

How can I start learning BSL?

National Deaf Children’s Society: How can I learn BSL?
Online BSL Courses: Free finger spelling & more
Bright BSL App: Free basic modules & lessons

Additional links:

British Deaf Association
UK Council on Deafness
National Deaf Children’s Society

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