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Will BSL Receive Full Legal Status?

Dawn Butler, a member of Parliament (MP), made history by being the first person to question the UK government using British Sign Language (BSL).


Recently, the country celebrated the 14th anniversary of the official recognition of BSL as a language.


Butler is now asking the minister to create a BSL bill that would give the language full legal status in the country. Take a look at her question, as well as Leader of the House David Lidington’s response.


Legal status would ensure BSL is protected, information and services would be produced in BSL, BSL would be added to the curriculum and ensure it’s offered in schools, and would enable BSL users to access education in their first language.


Butler says it was important to her to ask the question in sign language, not only so Deaf people could understand, but also to show the seriousness of the issue being presented.



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