Review on BDA Members Annual General Meeting - 30/01/2017:

Text script by Alexandra Shaw:

The AGM was attended by 120 members and supporters. BDA Staff and Trustees delivered presentations about BDA work in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, sharing information about Deaf Advocacy and Deaf Access & Inclusion projects.

The BSL (Scotland) Act and pledge for recognition of BSL/ISL in Northern Ireland were highlighted, as well as 36 BSL Charters signed UK-wide. BDA’s hugely successful Deaf Roots and Pride Project – now in its fourth year – is expanding to cover more areas of the UK, providing more deaf children with trained mentors and positive role models.

BDA’s Deaf Heritage “Power in Our Hands” had a successful run in UK cinemas, and a wealth of history is available online in Share: The Deaf Visual, which has attracted interest worldwide. BDA Youth continue to focus on social, cultural and political events, attending EUD, WFDYS and IUK camps and organising the popular Youth Fest.

BDA membership has increased by 28% and a revamped website and social media presence has seen a rise in likes on Facebook and Twitter. BDA are keen to increase membership figures even further as this means greater lobbying power. Members also had an opportunity to see a short video clip showing highlights from BDA’s 125 Year Celebrations.

A Letter of Intent was signed between BDA and Visual Language Professionals (VLP), demonstrating a commitment to work together to ensure the continued improvement of quality of life for deaf people.

Sign Language Week takes place on 13th – 18th March 2017 and BDA is inviting the Deaf Community to “Dream Big”. BDA members watched a clip of deaf professionals and youth talking about their jobs and their dreams at the AGM and BDA is encouraging the Deaf community to upload short videos of their own during the week to inspire the next generation.

Next year’s AGM will be held in London on a Saturday in March 2018. This will coincide with 15 years of BSL recognition and there are plans for a BSL Pride March on a Sunday in March 2018 – so watch this space!


Review on BDA Members Forum - 30/01/2017:

Text script by Alexandra Shaw:

The BDA Members Forum held in York following the AGM on Saturday, January 28th 2017 - forum included sessions on education, leadership and Deaf Women’s Health Organisation.

Deaf Education in the 21st Century: With more and more Deaf children in mainstream schools, a poor standard of access to education and inspired by the BSL (Scotland) Act, members discussed different ways change could be made: evidence and research, partnerships, lobbying and legal options.

Where are the leaders of tomorrow? With Deaf Clubs closing, more deaf children in mainstream schools, lack of training opportunities and a changing society, there is growing concern about the lack of leaders for the future. Current Deaf leaders are getting older and knowledge needs to be passed on to youth before the gap gets too big.

BDA urges all their members to get involved, and for all to work together to make a change for the future.

Jorvik Deaf Connections also hosted “It’s a Knockout” social event on Friday evening (January 27th) which was well attended and enjoyed by all. Congratulations to the BDA Members Team on their victory! 


VIDEO FROM THE AGM & FORUM - 28/01/2017:

[ A recorded copy of 'Live video streaming' will be available here soon for replay - stay tuned ]




Click here to download a booklet copy including programme and event

BDA’s 2017 Members' Annual General Meeting and Forum to be held at Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET - Saturday 28th January 2017.


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BDA Annual General Meeting (morning - 9:30am to 1:00pm)

AGM Documents:

Download - 2017 BDA Members' AGM & Forum Pack

Download - BDA Summarised Accounts 2015-16

Download - BDA Accounts signed 31 March 2016

Download - BDA AGM 2016 - Minutes

BDA Open Forum (afternoon - 1:45pm to 4:30pm)

  • Where are the leaders of tomorrow?

  • What can we do to improve Deaf education?
  • Deaf Women's Health Organisation: What is their future?

  • An improved constitution to enable stronger governance and skills
    (See BSL video below for more details and explanation)

Forum Documents:

Download - BDA Constitution Changes Paper - 12/2016

Download - BDA Article of the Association - Proposed changes - 2017

Special evening event - 'It's a Knockout' (Friday 27th January - 7:00pm)

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Hotel / Accommodation information:


1) Double or Twin room with breakfast is £110 per room. This is based on two adults sharing.

2) Single room with breakfast is £100 per room. This is based on one adult.

This is a special rate for BDA members and supporters. Any rooms not booked will be released back to the hotel on 16 December 2016, if people book after this time the rate will still be honoured but will be subject to hotel availability.

To book at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, you will just need to call or email the reservations team on 01904 459900 or and quote “British Deaf Association”.



To book rooms of your choice / preference - please see 'Visit York 4 Meeting' website - click here

Archive - previous Conference & AGM:

Visit 2016 BDA Conference and AGM page - click here

Visit 2014 BDA Conference and AGM page - click here


More information:

Please contact BDA:

Tel: 020 7697 4140
Skype/ooVoo: bda.britdeafassoc
Facetime: 07795 410724



Last updated: 08/12/2016