The Sick Of It report revealed that a lack of health information in BSL was one of the reasons that Deaf people are likely to have poorer health than hearing people.
At the time the NHS Choices website had 900 videos giving health information and advice, and only ten of them were in BSL. SignHealth had made those ten videos.
To make things better SignHealth have been putting together a library of BSL videos. It’s not he biggest BSL health video library in the world.
One year after the launch of the report we have 165 videos, covering 57 different health topics. Most of them have been made by SignHealth, but there are other which have been provided by organisations such as Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.
We make our videos in partnership with organisations and charities which are leaders in their field. They are the experts in the health conditions that they deal with every day. We turn their existing information for hearing people into signed videos for the Deaf community.
The experts check out information and scripts to make sure they are accurate and up to date.
We’re not here to offer health advice, but we are trying to make sure that Deaf people have access to valuable and potentially life-changing health information.