Despite criticism by the Courts in the case of Katherine Rowley v The Cabinet Office, and 275 compensation cases in the Central London County Court, the UK Government continues not to make national broadcasts accessible to deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL).
Lynn Stewart-Taylor, who founded the “Where is the Interpreter?” campaign which raised funds for the successful legal case, tuned into watch the Government’s broadcast on 7th September only to find there was no interpreter at all. Again, when tuning in to watch the COP26 announcements she found that there was no interpreter, despite assurances from the Government in the Rowley case that at least in-vision interpreters would be provided where on-platform interpreters were impractical.
Chris Fry, who has led the legal challenge on behalf of deaf people since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun the pre-action process for Judicial Review and is now collating numbers for a new class action against the Government on behalf of others who were unable to access the broadcasts. Speaking of his involvement, he said
We had all hoped for change, and that the Government would take deaf rights seriously, but remarkably things appear to have got worse. Failing to build BSL into national broadcasts is a failure to recognise the importance of deaf people in our society and I am now building a further legal challenge to bring the case back to the Courts as quickly as possible.”Chris Fry
After supporting the initial case and campaign, the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) has pledged its full support, once again. Amanda Casson Webb, Joint Chief Executive, said,
We are proud to once again, stand by Lynn and our allies in the deaf community to support this legal action so that together, we can ensure that the UK Government fulfils its duty, as defined in the Equality Act – and for deaf BSL users to be fully involved and included in every aspect of life.”CSW
Claims are being brought for compensation as well as policy change.
#Where Is The Interpreter Part II
To register for the case, deaf sign language people can complete the following form with BSL Guidance at this link: https://forms.gle/MufduBLuKZhLEYmLA
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