Following a debate this morning at the Liberal Democrat party conference, the Liberal Democrats today passed the policy Recognising a Legal Status for British Sign Language, which calls for better access to information and services for Deaf people.
The Liberal Democrats say they are committed to the principle that Deaf people are entitled to identify with their own language and to have this respected, regardless of minority or majority language status.
The key proposals include:
· The recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) as one of the UK’s official languages
· Achieving better awareness of information needs and services for BSL users, particularly in health, education and employment
· The protection of the linguistic integrity of British Sign Language
Commenting, David Buxton, CEO of the British Deaf Association and the Liberal Democrat PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn, said:
“It is very important for this party and other political parties to see…
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