The 999 BSL Emergency Video Relay Service

SignHealth is very excited to be supporting the launch of 999 BSL, the UK’s first emergency Video Relay Service.

What is 999 British Sign Language?

The 999 BSL emergency Video Relay Service (VRS) will allow Deaf BSL users to communicate clearly and effectively with non-BSL users and will allow instructions from the emergency services to be more easily understood by BSL users. It will involve a Deaf BSL user signing via a video link to a remote interpreter who is based in a location such as a call centre using a connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or PC. The interpreter will translate what is signed to the hearing person (in this case, the emergency services) and sign the responses from the emergency services back to the Deaf BSL user.

Signhealth: Deaf Thunder raises awareness of 999 BSL: https://signhealth.org.uk/announcement/new-deaf-superhero-raises-awareness-of-999-bsl/

999 BSL – What you need to know about the new service: https://signhealth.org.uk/resources/999-bsl-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-service/

Resources: https://999bsl.co.uk/resources/