ACT NOW: Recognising British Sign Language in the UK

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Hello! This week we're looking at the legislation passing through parliament which would have British Sign Language recognised as an official language in the UK. Eighty-seven thousand people in the UK say BSL is their preferred language, but they are discriminated against in everyday life, from using essential services to speaking to doctors, their local council or at work.


To find out how this Bill could help make the UK more accessible to BSL users, we're joined by David Buxton, Chair of the British Deaf Association, Ben Fletcher, who was the first deafblind candidate for MP, and Chloe Smith MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work.


Plus Ed reveals his missed opportunity is Silicon Valley.


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A full transcript of this episode is available on our website, and the interviews will be uploaded to our YouTube channel this week.



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