Posted on September 17, 2013
Following a debate this morning at the Liberal Democrat party conference, the Liberal Democrats today passed the policy Recognising a Legal Status for British Sign Language,which calls for better access to information and services for Deaf people.
The Liberal Democrats say they are committed to the principle that Deaf people are entitled to identify with their own language and to have this respected, regardless of minority or majority language status.
The key proposals include:
· The recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) as one of the UK’s official languages
· Achieving better awareness of information needs and services for BSL users, particularly in health, education and employment
· The protection of the linguistic integrity of British Sign Language
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