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BDA - Manifesto


A BSL video campaign for the upcoming General Election on 7th May.

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is pleased to introduce two manifestos:

  1. BDA Manifesto

  2. BDA Deaf led Manifesto

Why are we introducing BDA Manifestos? As you know there will be General Election held next May 2015. Parliamentary candidates will knock on your door, you will open the door and realise someone standing in front of you, asking you how you will vote.

Why don’t you show them the BDA Manifesto and ask the canvasser or candidate whether he or she will support the Manifesto? Ask them to write to you confirming their support before you decide which party you will vote for.

Now about the BDA Deaf led Manifesto. Why are we doing this? We have been listening to you as our members and supporters. We want to work more closely with you and your local Deaf community. This manifesto is what we will work hard to achieve  by working with your community.

We hope you find the two videos very helpful. Please do contact us if you need more clarification or information. Thank you.

Download a copy here - BDA Manifesto



Access to Justice
Our aim is to campaign for all the organisations involved with the Law and Justice system to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) with specific regard to Deaf BSL Users in the Legal system in a five year span.

BSL Legal Status
Our aim is to improve the use of British and Irish Sign Language (BSL/ ISL) by encouraging public bodies to take up the BDA’s BSL Charter. Our target is 71 public bodies (10%) within 12 months. This would achieve greater compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

Bilingual and Bicultural Education for deaf children
Our aim is to ensure that all parents and/or carers of deaf children are made aware of local BSL/ISL facilities such as BSL/ISL classes through inclusion in the Local Offer as required by the Children and Families Act 2014. The campaign would have a duration of 12 months.

Social Inclusion
Our aim is to establish a scheme that entitles Deaf people to sign language interpreters whenever they need them at events like weddings, funerals or other events where organisations are unable to provide sign language interpreters due to their size or turnover. The campaign would be over a period of 2 years.

Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Our aim is to update both the Broadcasting Act 1990 and the Telecommunications Act 1984 to take account of recent changes in technology within a 12 month period. This would include ‘online streaming’ services or ‘on-demand’ services. It would also include the latest Video Relay Services available via landline, cable or mobile services.



BDA 125th Year Celebrations (Social and Community)
Community Development – re-engaging with the deaf community through 125 celebrations of culture and Identity.
Social Media Networking (Community)
To interact with the deaf community through all social media channels to improve information, news and what is happening in the deaf community.
Training and Leadership
Provide training & leadership programmes to enable deaf people of all ages to become empowered through advocacy, develop health projects and
support them with deaf club closures.
Deaf Children (Community)
Building on our success of the deaf roots project in Northern Ireland, which is raising awareness of their deaf identity and pride in a mainstream world.
Specialist Health projects (Community)
For many deaf, this is the main issue of a direct service which really has a major impact on everyday life of deaf people be it attending a Doctors surgery, attending hospital appointments or a major illness all are far too often neglected.
Education (Political)
Deaf Education – to conduct research into the education of deaf children and produce independent conclusions to use to lobby decision makers We
need the facts and evidence of the failures and low achievements, Also we need to make a stand on mainstream and Inclusion education.