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British Sign Language (BSL)

British Sign Language interpreter.

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BSL interpreters allow communication to take place between people who are deaf and count British Sign Language as their first language and hearing people.

BSL is a visual form of communication using hands, facial expression and body language mainly used by people who are Deaf. BSL is a fully recognised language and is independent of spoken English.

Our sign language interpreters are governed by the National Registers of Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) (external link, opens in new window),  who are responsible for monitoring and development of professional standards.

Find out more about booking a sign language interpreter with us.

BSL – facts and figures

British Sign Language was recognised as a minority language by the government in 2003 after years of campaigning.

At the moment there are no reliable current figures on how many people in the UK use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first or preferred language, or how many people in Northern Ireland use Irish Sign Language (ISL).

In 2011, for the first time a question about sign language was included in the UK census. When the results are released there will be a more accurate picture of how many people use sign language.

Find out more about BSL in our factsheet, Facts and figures on deafness and tinnitus(external link, opens new window).

Get in touch

If you want to find out more about British Sign Language or BSL interpreters, please contact our Information Line:

Information Line

Telephone: 0808 808 0123
Textphone: 0808 808 9000


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