A Report on the Accessibility of BSL Users Access to Covid-19 Government Information

Please read and circulate the attached report by @openaccess and @heriotwattBSL for and funded by the #WhereIsTheInterpreter campaign @jerseysnail. The report will also be produced in #BSL but for now a short summary can be found at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf2oXU_rUMM

This deaf led report is the most extensive review of the accessibility of information in BSL and for BSL Users undertaken to date. It shows that there is hardly any information provided in BSL, and that most of the written information is at reading age 14, with information about financial matters accessible only to University level English.

Many deaf readers have an average reading age of 8 to 11 years, which is below the level of language that the government uses and due to the inability to hear, they are unable to access this information via spoken language like hearing people can.

We encourage Government to take urgent steps to provide an on-platform BSL Interpreter at all live national broadcasts to ensure that all initial confusion is avoided, and then to embed BSL clips into its web pages, and ensure that written information is always provided in a means which is understandable to all communities.

Open Inclusion Research into Accessible Information 15.12.20

About the Author

Chris Fry

Chris is the founder of Fry Law.