Harrow United Deaf Club is pleased to inform you that Navin Shah, who is a London Assembly member for Harrow & Brent and is an Ambassador of Harrow United Deaf Club; have put forward a motion on BSL Charter to Greater London Authority (GLA) Assembly members.
The motion will be discussed at the London Plenary, City Hall on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 10am at GLA’s City Hall. Please find the details of the BSL Charter motion as follow:
British Sign Language Charter Motion
Proposed by: Navin Shah AM
Deaf people face many barriers when trying to access information or services, either through lack of awareness or language barriers. As a consequence, the British Deaf Association has established the following principles:
Ensure better access to information and services;
Promote learning and teaching of BSL;
Support Deaf children and families;
Ensuring staff can communicate effectively in BSL; and
Consult with local Deaf community regularly.
Harrow has recently become the second London Borough Council to sign up the BSL Charter with Harrow United Deaf Club. The London Assembly acknowledges that this is a good start but requires much greater take up of the BSL Charter across London by local authorities, stakeholder and voluntary groups.
The London Assembly support and promote the British Sign Language (BSL) Charter created by the British Deaf Association with the aim of improving life for Deaf people by removing direct and indirect discrimination. It also aims to empower Deaf people as well as increasing awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf issues.
The London Assembly calls on the Mayor to sign up to the Charter on behalf of the GLA, to improve access and rights for deaf BSL users across the functional bodies. The London Assembly further urges the Mayor of London to embody Charter of BSL in his Londonwide equalities strategies, including actively promoting it to Local Authorities across London.
Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow United Deaf Club is delighted with the motion and explained the importance of signing up to BSL Charter for all deaf Londoners. He said: “HUDC have been working hard and succeeded in getting Harrow Council to sign up to BSL Charter. I hope you will agree that this would be an excellent move if the Mayor of London agrees to sign up to the Charter on behalf of GLA and the positive impact this would have onto all London Councils.”
If you wish to attend the London Assembly (Plenary) – Agenda on Wednesday 2 March 2016 10.00 am at the City Hall. BSL Interpreter will be provided. To learn more, please see agenda link on https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=0&MId=5669&Ver=4 (please scroll down for Motion).
Website – https://www.bda.org.uk/Event/bsl-charter-motion-london-assembly
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BDA_Deaf/status/702958403832909825