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Huawei Literacy Skills Project

We are pleased to share the outcome of the BDA’s Huawei Literacy Skills Project in partnership with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. This ground-breaking initiative was made possible through a grant from Huawei, facilitated by the European Union of the Deaf (EUD). The central aim of the project was to significantly improve the literacy skills of Deaf children of colour by honing their ability to translate BSL into written English.
More detail you can find here:
Huawei Literacy Skills Project
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UK first as deaf scholar Annelies Kusters becomes full Professor at Heriot-Watt University

The first deaf scholar ever to achieve full Professor status in the field of Deaf Studies and Sign Language Studies in the UK has been announced at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

More information here, including BSL videos:

Annelies Kusters as first in the UK deaf Professor

World Federation of the Deaf


Hosted a series of 12 international webinars covering all issues encountered by deaf people, making these valuable sources of information and discussion more accessible to deaf people around the world.  

World Federation of the Deaf

Ben Fletcher

Has been working with Sign Language Linguists, educators and deaf professionals to create 100s of new computing and tech terms in BSL.  Alison (@Deaf) on Twitter put it perfectly:

This matters, it raises the status of our language.

We are excited to see what happens!  

Check out his video here to see some of the already agreed signs.

Newsround launches BSL bulletins

BBC children’s news programme, Newsround, announced that from 19 April 2022 it’s bulletins will be accessible in British Sign Language, enabling deaf young people to access and understand what is happening in the world.

One young deaf person said “It makes me happy that, in the past there has been no interpreter.  I’ve been unable to access the news in that way.  To be able to see that is fantastic.”

Watch more young deaf people welcoming this announcement here.

Newsround on TV with BSL Interpreter with a group of deaf young people watching

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