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Tell Ofcom what you think …

Tell us what you think about British Sign Language on TV channels and on-demand services Ofcom is today inviting people who use British Sign language (BSL) to tell us what they think about signing on TV and video-on-demand services. Our survey aims to find out how often BSL users watch signed programmes, the types of programmes they watch, and what they think of the quality and availability of signed programmes. The feedback we receive will […]

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BSL SIG Act

David Buxton, Chair of the UKCoD’s Special Interest Group called the ‘BSL Act SIG’, shares information about this group and key points about the work they have been doing so far towards a new BSL Act. Watch David’s signing this information in the video below or scroll down to read in English: BSL Act SIG is […]

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Coronavirus stories in BSL for children

DCAL have been working hard at creating coronavirus stories in BSL for children in collaboration with Frank Barnes school.  The first story ‘Bunty and Bubbly UK’ can be viewed below. There will be three further stories to come.

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Join us for Deaf Awareness Week

[intro]At SignHealth we are proud to be THE Deaf health charity[/intro] We hope you join us in celebrating Deafness, sharing communication best practice and getting involved in our work to improve Deaf people’s health and well-being. Follow our activities and share your own with – #DAW2020    #DeafAwarenessWeek

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Access to Relay UK for regular calls

Ofcom is working closely with the UK’s telecoms providers (in particular with BT) to make sure all consumers have access to essential communications services during the current situation. BT is maintaining the Relay UK services and is making sure its staff are able to deal with calls to its 18000 service (the equivalent of 999). […]

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BBC – Government briefings in BSL on Coronavirus

The BBC have announced that they will be providing Sign Language Interpretation on all weekday Coronavirus government briefings and that the BBC is doing everything it can to ensure these important briefings are accessible. Please note:  Due to limited resources there will be some changes to live signing on the BBC News from Monday 23rd March […]

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Consultation – BSL access 999 emergency

Ofcom’s consultation on introducing an emergency 999 video relay service, has now closed.  We hope to see Ofcom’s reaction to the consultation in June 2020. Ofcom have said that if they decide to introduce 999 VRS, it will probably take a year to set it up.  We have encouraged Ofcom to make this process as […]

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Consultation – BSL access 999 emergency

The regulator, Ofcom, have published a consultation setting out the case for the 999 emergency service phone line to be contactable in BSL. Ofcom want feedback on the need for BSL access to 999; and to understand how the deaf community wants the service to work Three BSL videos are available on the Ofcom Website […]

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Technology and the Workplace

UKCoD Conference This year’s conference was themed ‘Technology and the Workplace – fact vs fiction’ and was very kindly hosted by BT at their iconic building, BT Tower for which we are extremely grateful.   The conference was well supported with our thanks to sponsors InterpreterNow, SignLive and RedBee Media together with exhibitors ATLA, SignVideo, […]

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BSL Costings Inquiry Group – Statement

Recent work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness (APPGD), by members of UKCoD, regarding an Inquiry into the cost of BSL recognition stalled due to lack of resources and change of government following the election in 2017. A group, supported by UKCoD has agreed to scope a study on the ‘Delphi’ principles, as […]

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