To mark World Cancer Day on the 4th February, the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth is launching videos on testicular cancer in British Sign Language (BSL).
Working with the male cancer charity Orchid, the UK’s leading charity working on behalf of everyone affected or interested in male cancer, we have produced the series of ten videos. The videos explain what testicular cancer is and how it is diagnosed and treated.
SignHealth’s Sick of It report reported that deaf people face constant barriers to managing their own health, partly due to a lack of accessible information. The report recommended that health information from the NHS and other organisations should be routinely translated into BSL to give deaf people equal access.
In response to the report, SignHealth has produced a range of videos on health related topics in BSL. Our website now holds the world’s biggest collection of BSL health videos. Working with organisations like Orchid help us to ensure that deaf people get accurate, up-to-date information that has been verified by experts.
“Our work making health videos in BSL is a vital part of making health information accessible to deaf people. When the Sick of It report was published the NHS Choices website contained 900 videos of which only 1% were in British Sign Language.
It’s just not acceptable to have to rely on a friend or family member to translate information on personal and important health issues. These videos are vitally important to empower deaf people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.”
Orchid’s Chief Executive, Rebecca Porta said:
“We were delighted to work with SignHealth to deliver this important resource. Over 2,200 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK over the next year and ensuring they have access to high quality, evidence based information is vital.”