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BDA - Our Values

The BDA is an organisation representing a diverse, vibrant and ever-changing community of Deaf people. Our activities, promotions and partnerships with other organisations aim to empower our community towards full participation and contribution as equal and valued citizens in the wider society. We also aim to act as guardians of BSL. Our key values are:

  1.  Protecting our Deaf culture and Identity

    We value Deaf peoples culture and identity derived from belonging to a cultural and linguistic group, sharing similar beliefs and experiences with a sense of belonging. We value the use of BSL as a human right. As such, BSL must be preserved, protected and promoted because we also value the right of Deaf people to use their first or preferred language
     
  2. Asserting our linguistic rights

    We value the use of BSL as a human right. As such, BSL must be preserved, protected and promoted because we also value the right of Deaf people to use their first or preferred language
     
  3. Fostering our community

    We value Deaf people with diverse perspectives, experiences and abilities. We are committed to equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination with a special focus on those affecting Deaf people and their language
     
  4. Achieving equality in legal, civil and human rights

    We value universal human rights such as the right to receive education and access to information in sign language, and freedom from political restrictions on our opportunities to become full citizens
     
  5. Developing our alliance

We value those who support us and are our allies because they share our vision and mission and support for the BSL community.