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Sign language users invited to engagement sessions

26th August 2021

The Health and Social Care Board is inviting Deaf people who use British and Irish Sign Language to engage with us, as part of our ongoing work, in partnership with the BSO, to deliver an improved regional face to face sign language interpreting service.

Having engaged with sign language interpreters in recent weeks, the project team is offering sign language users from across Northern Ireland an opportunity to share their feedback.

Jane McMillan, the Board’s Social Care Lead for Adults and Older People, said: “We all believe that working together is the only way forward, and we are committed to delivering a regional service that is professional and accessible.

“Deaf people have previously told us about some of the issues which are important to them, such as a confidential service, one which provides interpreters with high standards of skills and experience, and is available 365 days a year including emergencies and out of hours.

“We also want to hear Deaf people’s views on choice, and what lessons we can learn from the Covid-19 pandemic to help us improve interpreting services.”

A feedback session for British Sign Language (BSL) users will be held on Wednesday 8 September, and an Irish Sign Language (ISL) session will be held on 9 September. Both events will run from 7pm-8.30pm.

Details on how to join the virtual sessions