Sylvia Simmonds was born into a Deaf family. Both her parents were Deaf and sign language users. She has been an active member of the British Deaf Association for 37 years and has made a significant contribution to promoting the BDA as specialists in equality. She has been a leading campaigner in tackling barriers and discrimination that Deaf people face and making Deaf people aware of their rights and the steps in tackling discrimination, barriers and exclusions.

She is keen to enable the BDA to increase their diversity, covering all ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities and disabilities, across the grassroots Deaf Community and make BDA more accessible for all.

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