What's happening BDA news United Kingdom BDA's #WheelsUp4BSL campaign BRITISH DEAF ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES #WHEELSUP4BSL CAMPAIGN Social media campaign aims to raise awareness of Deaf Community and British Sign Language The British Deaf Association (BDA) is calling for people across the country to raise awareness of its 125 Anniversary by taking part in its #WheelsUp4BSL campaign. Following the charity’s recent record attempt for the most people performing simultaneous bicycle wheelies, BDA is calling for people across the country to attempt their own wheelie. All the participants need to do is take a picture or record a short video of them attempting to do their own wheelie at home. They can use anything on wheels including bicycles, scooters, skateboards, baby buggies or even airplanes – as long as they’re careful to be safe! Participants are also encouraged to use some basic signs in BSL to nominate friends and family to do a #WheelsUp4BSL and make a donation of £1, £2, or £5 by texting BDA125 and the amount with a £ sign to 70660. (E.g. BDA125 £2). To learn how to nominate using British Sign Language, watch this short video here: The social media campaign aims to raise awareness of the work of the BDA and encourage people to learn some simple signs in BSL. “We’re excited to launch our #WheelsUp4BSL campaign and hope people are inspired to come up with lots of different fun – and safe – ways of doing a wheelie! We’d like to see people across the country getting involved and hopefully learning a bit of British Sign Language too,” said BDA Trustee Angela Spielsinger. BDA, a registered charity which has been a pioneer and champion of Deaf people since it was founded in 1890, is driven by two main aims: the promotion of British Sign Language (BSL) – which is a language in its own right, separate and distinct from spoken English – and the right to bi-lingual education in the United Kingdom. - Ends - For media information, please contact: Rooster PRT: +44 (0)20 3440 8930E: BDA@Rooster.co.uk About British Deaf Association The British Deaf Association (BDA), a registered charity in England, Wales and Scotland, was founded in 1890. BDA is the only Deaf-led organisation that represents the Deaf community. Its two main aims are the promotion of BSL and the right to bi-lingual education BDA stands for Deaf Equality, Access and Freedom of Choice and its work is focused on Deaf people being independent and able to make informed decisions. Deaf people can do anything a hearing person can – they just use a different language to do it. The charity champions the rights of Deaf people to use their first language – British Sign Language, which is a language in its own right, separate and distinct from spoken English. BDA, which has been a pioneer and champion of Deaf people for 125 years, believes being Deaf is something to be valued. Deaf people have a rich cultural history, passionately embrace their identity and choose to use their first language – BSL. To make a donation of £1, £2, or £5 by texting BDA125 and the amount with a £ sign to 70660. (E.g. BDA125 £2).