Action Deafness has launched a new Spring appeal campaign called #OneSign to help raise funds and greater awareness of British Sign Language (BSL). The campaign aims to bridge the accessibility gap between the deaf community and the hearing world.
The campaign centres on a series of videos from the deaf community that highlight the one sign that is meaningful to them, whilst drawing on the need for more people to learn basic BSL.
There are currently around 151,000 BSL users in the UK, but we want that number to continue growing. The more BSL users there are and the greater level of deaf awareness there is in society, the greater the improvement of accessibility, inclusion and equal opportunities there are for deaf people.
Following the hugely successful BSL Bill that has recently gained Royal Assent from the Monarch, is now legally recognised in UK law. This means BSL will soon become a regular feature in mainstream society and in turn will help to reduce the exposure to barriers that the deaf community continually face.
Action Deafness is calling on everyone to do their bit during Deaf Awareness Week and beyond to take up learning some BSL and to become more deaf aware. Whether it’s in schools, in the workplace or even at home, everyone has the opportunity to make a positive difference to accessibility and inclusion.
We have put together a series of resources on our Resources page that can be downloaded and used anywhere. We do encourage leaving a small donation if you are using are resources, so that we can continue to provide specialist, accessible and equal services to even more of the deaf community.
You can donate through our donation page by clicking HERE