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BSL Charter

We have a BSL Charter aimed at encouraging local authorities and public services to improve access.

Our Empowerment and Campaigns team are working to ensure that many more councils and public services will adopt one or more of the pledges.

The aim is to improve your quality of life and allow you to have full access to services.

The five pledges are:

  1. Ensure access for Deaf people to information and services
  2. Promote learning and high quality teaching of British Sign Language
  3. Support Deaf children and families
  4. Ensure staff working with Deaf people can communicate effectively in British Sign Language
  5. Consult with our local Deaf community on a regular basis

See the BSL video above for in-depth
details about the five pledges.


BDA Charter for British Sign Language (download a copy)


Latest news and updates on BSL Charter:

UHCW signs up to new pledges for people with hearing loss - 12/05/2015

BDA's BSL Charter sign-up in “The Community” magazine by NHS Derbyshire Community Health Services - 6/05/2015

Notts Health Bosses First To Sign Pledge For Deaf Patients - 16/04/2015

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) signs the BSL Charter - 09/04/2015

BSL Charter - Nottinghamshire Police - Videos - 11/03/2015

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable signed the BSL Charter - 11/03/2015

Nottinghamshire Police pledge support to deaf community - 11/03/2015

Blackpool Council agrees to sign BSL charter - 28/01/2015

Birmingham Deaf Forum - Council services - 26/11/2014

What’s BSL Charter? - Presentation - 04/10/2014

Charter for BSL: Consultation with Merseyside Deaf Community - 26/09/2014

Leicestershire Police BSL Charter Invitation - 24/09/2014

Derbyshire County Council signing the Charter for Deaf People - 23/09/2014

Kentish Town Deaf Club - "BSL Charter" presentation - 25/07/2014

BSL Charter update for East Midlands - 27/05/2014

Deaf Charter Signed in Nottinghamshire - 07/05/2014

BSL Charter East Midlands update - 13/01/2014

MEDIA: Nottingham University Hospitals proud to sign the BSL Charter - 09/01/2014

 The Five Pledges - BSL Charter - 19/12/2013

MEDIA: Council pledges to support the deaf - 29/11/2013

Leicestershire County Council’s Commitment to the BSL Charter - 12/11/2013

MEDIA: Unique commitment made to both Deaf and hearing impaired people - 24/09/2013

BDA, RAD and Signature call for the government to do more for BSL users - 13/05/2013