NHS Choices have 900 health clips online. Only 10 have been translated into British Sign Language.
Not many people know, but British Sign Language has a very different structure to English; it is visual and relies on hand shapes and facial expression to convey meaning.
Deaf BSL users can really struggle to read written English therefore NHS Choices is in accessible source of information for Deaf people.
Is this fair? Just because someone can’t hear, should they have their right to access health information removed?
We are now working with a variety of charities – British Heart Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, The IBS Network and Meningitis Now – to produce more. Our clips are split into two groups: Body (explaining what strokes are, how to check for signs of breast cancer etc) and Mind (for example, clips about bereavement, anxiety, depression).
Are you Deaf? Have you watched our clips?
Do you work with Deaf people, young or old, and need BSL health resources?
Click on the image above to view them.
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