What's happening BDA news Northern Ireland Special announcement from the NI Minister for Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) The BDA Northern Ireland was delighted to hear the announcement from Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the North of Ireland, that her department will be introducing a draft BSL/ISL Bill before the end of the current Parliament. She cautioned the audience that the bill will not be enacted during the current term but she intends for work on the Draft Bill to get it underway as soon as possible. This is wonderful news for the Deaf community in Northern Ireland but it will be a slow process. Damian Barry, BDA Director of Community Development and Operations responded to the announcement: "We understand that this may not happen in this parliamentary term but BDA Northern Ireland and the Deaf community in Northern Ireland will work together and continue to engage with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, making sure MLAs know how important this is for BSL / ISL users in Northern Ireland. Intense lobbying of the Scottish Parliament by the BDA and others led to the creation of the BSL (Scotland) Act recently and we can do the same for Northern Ireland with your help. Please join the BDA as a member to make our "voice” in Stormont stronger in the coming year. United we can do this!". Become a member of BDA now - click here!