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BDA's national survey on BSL/English Interpreters

22 February 2015

The British Deaf Association calls for deaf community members, deaf professionals, BSL interpreters and BSL teacher/assessors to complete BDA's national survey on BSL/English Interpreters.

The survey has six key questions.

We want to hear from you – share your concerns and suggestions. We will publish a discussion report for people to consider key areas for improvement – regarding quality, standard and relationship.

You may wonder why we are doing this? We called a BSL Interpreters Roundtable meeting last year, inviting interpreter organisations, deaf professionals, deaf organisations, academics and BSL experts.

A key point that was discussed was the need for an improved quality and standard of BSL interpreting. People called for evidence and example case studies to anchor the report for improvement. Despite concern that standards have slipped, only 2 per cent of people complained to the NRCDP about BSL interpreters.

This why we’ve created this survey and have called for your views! 

The BDA wants to hear from you directly about what you think about BSL interpreters, how we can achieve better quality, higher standard and create a better working relationship for the future. Our goal is to see more BSL interpreters supported, with all the training and support they need. 

So far, close to 100 people have responded to the survey.  

The closing date is Wednesday 25 February.


Thank you for your continued support of the BDA.