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24/09/2021

Council signs up to British/Irish Sign Language Charter

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has celebrated International Day of Sign languages by signing up to the British/Irish Sign Language Charter.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has celebrated International Day of Sign languages by signing up to the British/Irish Sign Language Charter, committing to promote better access to public services for Deaf communities.

The BSL/ISL Charter is designed to empower local Deaf communities and resolve barriers between service providers and Deaf people while increasing awareness of Deaf issues.

By signing the Charter, the Council pledges to:

  • Consult formally and informally with the local Deaf community on a regular basis
  • Ensure access for Deaf people to the Council’s information and services
  • Support Deaf children and families in the Borough to live a more fulfilled life

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said;

“It is a privilege to sign this charter on behalf of the Council. Through the implementation of our current Disability Action Plan, we are committed to ensuring that Deaf people are empowered through greater involvement in decision making processes, improving their access to facilities and services and contributing to a fully inclusive life in our Borough.”

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