The BDA’s stance is clear: Deaf people are a linguistic minority who use British Sign Language (BSL), Britain’s most widely used language after English, Gaelic and Welsh. The BDA’s prime objective is to advance and protect the interests of the Deaf community and ensure greater awareness, of their rights and responsibilities as a member of society.

We, however, work with other disabled people organisations as the BDA firmly believes that Deaf people can be disabled as a result of the attitudes, processes and physical structures that Deaf people face.

We also work with other organisations in the field of deafness that may have slightly differing perspectives or represent people who do not hold the same perspective. We are a member of the United Kingdom Council on Deafness (UKCoD).

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