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MPs to vote on BSL Bill during Sign Language Week

The British Deaf Association will hold a BSL Rally in Trafalgar Square on 18 March to show the community’s support for the Bill and to celebrate Sign Language Week.

SignHealth awarded ground-breaking NHS England contract to improve Deaf people’s access to mental health support

Breakthrough in access to therapy in BSL for Deaf people experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns.   

Deaf woman having her vision checked with interpreter present providing communication support

Five years on and no change, Deaf people still shut out of NHS services

New report reveals poor access to NHS services and sets out urgent steps required to meet the communication needs of Deaf and other disabled people.

SignHealth Chief Executive, James Watson-O’Neill, receives OBE award for services to Deaf people

James has been recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours. This is the second OBE awarded to someone from SignHealth.

BSL 999 Update – proposal to approve Sign Language Interactions’ service

Ofcom is now holding a new consultation. They want to know your feedback about Ofcom using ‘Sign Language Interactions’ as the chosen emergency VRS provider.

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NHS releases recommendations from its review of BSL Commissioning Arrangements

SignHealth’s response to the “Rapid” Review of BSL provisions and the recommedations suggested to improve access for Deaf people in health settings

Deaf charities welcome life-saving decision to make 999 accessible in BSL

Ofcom has said that telecoms providers will be compelled to offer their customers free 24/7 access to 999 services.

New emergency video relay service for sign language users

Press Release from Ofcom: 22 June 2021 From next year, British Sign Language users will be able to contact the emergency services using video relay, under new rules announced today by Ofcom. Under our existing … Continued

No money, BSL Health Access is closing

The NHS has not committed any further funding for April 1st onwards, effectively closing the service of BSL Health Access.