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23rd March 2012

Remark meets Royalty at the BDA Symposium

On Monday 19th March 2012 the British Deaf Association hosted the first British Sign Language Symposium and were delighted to welcome its patron, The Duke of York.

His Royal Highness attended the charity’s BSL Symposium one-day event at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London. The Duke of York has been Patron of the British Deaf Association since 1997.

The BSL Symposium is being held as part of the BDA’s BSL Day campaign, which marks the anniversary of the British Government recognising BSL as a language in its own right back in 2003.

The BSL Symposium has two aims. One is to establish the BSL Alliance to which organisations interested in promoting BSL are invited to join. The second is to begin the process of working together to achieve agreed objectives set out in the national BSL Strategy “Transforming Deaf People’s Lives”.

Remark! were proud to support the Symposium through sponsoring and exhibiting at the event. In addition to which Remark! Interpreting managed ten interpreters throughout the day as a part of their Event Interpreting Support service, and the Remark! Production crew were on hand to film the day’s events – including our Managing Director Mark Nelson meeting the Duke of York!

David Buxton, CEO of the BDA, commented: “This Symposium is a first step to ensuring that recognition becomes meaningful with enforceable rights and appropriate resources. In 2003, the British Government recognised BSL as a language in its own right; a landmark announcement welcomed by many people. However there is no room for complacency – more needs to be done”

David Buxton concluded: “The BDA is our Deaf people’s organisation and the BSL Symposium will highlight the new vision and leadership that was first shown by Francis Maginn in 1890. Campaign today.... equality tomorrow.”

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