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In support of International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3rd December, our voters considered the use of British Sign Language to improve accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing community. It is worth noting that many in this community don’t define themselves as having a disability, however laws are in place through the British Equality Act (2010) to ensure their rights are protected. Our voters discussed what progress has already been made around BSL and whether it is enough.
"I think we need more awareness of BSL as people who are deaf must feel very isolated. If we all learn BSL, people will feel appreciated."
"There could still be lots more done and maybe young children should be taught BSL basics in nursery. Some of this progress should have been made a long time ago. People have been deaf for a long time."
"There is progress happening which is good, but there needs to be more happening so that awareness spreads faster and things become more accessible in the future."