British Sign Language
Held annually, Sign Language Week is a week organised by the British Deaf Association (BDA) to promote awareness of issues affecting sign-language users and, more generally, the welfare of deaf people in the UK.
Each year, the BDA come up with a different theme to celebrate Sign Language Week - this year’s theme will support 'BSL brings us together' - a campaign to encourage people of all ages across UK to take up the challenge of learning some British Sign Language (BSL) for themselves.
It is held in March every year as this represents a special date for the deaf community: March 18th 2003 was the date that sign language was officially recognised as a language in the UK. This year, it will be held from March 13th to March 19th 2023.
To celebrate and promote BSL this week we are all going to learn the signs for Happy Birthday!
What signs do you know? Can you say thank you using BSL to a family member?
More information and resources can be found here:
Learn to sign 'Happy Birthday'