Who are the British Deaf Association

The British Deaf Association campaigned for Deaf rights. Read on to discover how their efforts make an effect within the Deaf Community.

Who are the British Deaf Association (BDA)?

The BDA was established in 1890, originally called the British Deaf and Dumb Association (BDDA).  The organisation reacted to the Milan conference of 1880, where the use of sign language in educational settings was banned.  A small group of campaigners which included Francis Maginn, were disgusted at the British attitude towards deafness and wanted to do something about it.

The BDA has always been about campaigning for the rights of Deaf people and for the recognition and acceptance of British Sign Language (BSL).  The organisation works with local Deaf communities campaigning for equality and the recognition of their BSL Charter. Find out more here

Focuses of the BDA:

1. Language
2. Community
3. Identity
4. Heritage of Deaf people
5. Representation of Deaf peoples’ needs, aspirations, rights and responsibilities.


Deaf Lobby Day

With the BDA being known as the “Deaf Peoples Organisation”, – it is perfectly positioned to be holding a Deaf lobby day on 17 March 2014 – where they are offering free attendance to an event at the Houses of Parliament to lobby on the facilities for Deaf people in the public services. Sign up to attend here.