West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has pledged her continuing support for deaf children, young people and adults who use British Sign Language (BSL).
MP Rosie recently attended a Parliamentary reception for deaf children, young people and adults who communicate in BSL. The event was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the government’s recognition of BSL as a language in its own right and was co-hosted by the British Deaf Association
Speaing at the event MP Rosie said:
“Recognition has come a long way from when I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, but there is still some way to go.
“It is shocking that, ten years after recognition, many deaf adults and families with deaf children who use British Sign Language still encounter communication barriers at school, at the GP’s surgery, in shops and at work.
“As the child of two deaf parents I fully understand the issues faced by deaf people and I will continue to campaign to reduce the challenges that BSL users face”.
British Deaf Association Chief executive David Buxton said:
“We are delighted to have Rosie’s support. The government is doing some good things to help BSL users but its current approach is piecemeal. We need a cross-government strategy of practical measures to remove the barriers facing deaf people.”