Sign Language Week takes place from 13 – 19 March 2023 and
this year, the theme is “Protecting BSL”.
Sign Language Week is celebrated every year in March to
commemorate the first time British Sign Language (BSL) was acknowledged as a
language in its own right by the UK Government on 18 March 2003. On 28 April
2022, British Sign Language was finally recognised in law as an indigenous
language of Great Britain in the BSL Act (2022). This followed similarly
ground-breaking legislation in Scotland - the BSL Act (Scotland) (2015).
To support the campaign, we want to show people across
Edinburgh Napier University just how easy it is to introduce themselves in BSL
and to help break down barriers.
Using the fingerspelling card from Deaf Action, our Creative
Team have beautifully tailored them to help get you communicating in BSL right
away! You’ll see them around our campuses or view the card here.
At Edinburgh Napier University, we launched our BSL Plan in
2018 following the passing of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and
sets out what we will do at ENU in line with the actions identified in the
Scottish National Plan 2017-2023.
The BSL Plan delivery group, which includes members from
across the university, meets quarterly to monitor the progression of the plan
and reports to the Inclusion Committee and the Scottish Government on our
Our BSL Plan shows our commitment to making Edinburgh Napier
University a more inclusive place for British Sign Language users to visit,
work or study.
If you'd like to learn the basics of BSL as a language and the rights of BSL users, please complete our British Sign Language (BSL) and Tactile BSL Moodle course.