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Deaf People Urged to Contact MPs to Support Improved Telecommunications Network

1 March 2012

Deaf people and British Sign Language (BSL) supporters are being urged to contact their MPs to persuade them to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM).

The EDM 2687 concerns relay services for the Deaf and hard of hearing and has been tabled by Malcolm Bruce, Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon.

The EDM asks that people with a hearing loss of any degree have the right to be able to access the telecommunications network using modernised text relay, captioned relay and video relay services at speeds close to standard conversation and calls for the establishment of a viable service delivery model which meets the needs of Deaf BSL Users.

To view the EDM go to: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/2687

This is an example of what you could write in your letter/email to your MP:

“We have just been informed by the British Deaf Association that there is an EDM 2687 to urge the Minister for Communications to establish a viable service delivery model, such as Video Relay Services for Deaf People. This is being called for because the telecommunication companies have still not responded to the urgent request by the Minister for such services, following roundtable meetings between deaf organisations, telecommunication companies and the Minister. Therefore, we want to see the provision of new Video Relay Services, rather than the Typetalk Relay Service, which simply does not meet our needs. As we are your local constituents we demand that you support this by signing the EDM 2687.”