Signs for BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE (BSL)
Meaning: British Sign Language.
British Sign Language (BSL) is the first language of 87,000 Deaf people in the U.K. with its own culture and history.
The BSL language was formally recognized by the UK government in 2003 but still does not have full legal status. Led by British Deaf Association in coalition with several other organizations, BSL Act Now is a campaign to push for the full legal recognition and status of their language, BSL.
On 28 January 2022, the BSL Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons which was a vital step towards the legal recognition of BSL. The bill still has to complete the next readings in February and March. If passed, a BSL Act would become the official status.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
The British stamp was issued in 1981 to commemorate the "1981 International Year of the Disabled".
The image shows the fingerspelled word, "DEAF", in British manual alphabet.