Information and services run by Lancashire County Council will now be produced in British Sign Language (BSL) to help members of Lancashire’s deaf community.
The announcement was made after leader of the County Council, Coun Jennifer Mein, met with Colin Singh and Lesley Davidson of the Lancashire Deaf Rights Group (LDRG), who expressed concerns about the health service.
Preston MP Mark Hendrick, who organised the meeting, said: “It was a very productive meeting which not only highlighted the many barriers to work and healthcare that deaf people face but also the importance of recognising BSL as a minority language in this country.”
Mr Singh said: “I’m really pleased about this meeting. It gave members of the local BSL community a rare opportunity to voice their concerns.”
He added: “We are unique because there is a communication barrier separating us from all other groups. In a world that is based on sound and speech, BSL users often have no voice.”