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City Lit call for improved funding for deaf education on BBC’s See Hear

Story added 1st Mar 2017

City Lit call for improved funding for deaf education

City Lit’s Mark Hopkinson has provided his thoughts on deaf education funding on the latest edition of See Hear, the BBC’s magazine show for the deaf and hard of hearing community in the UK.

In the programme, Mark commented on the lack of funding available for special BSL Courses taught to deaf immigrants and asylum seekers: 

“Deaf people who want to learn English firstly need BSL. They need this in order to access the English language via BSL - and that is so important.  They can go along to English courses which are free for both hearing and deaf people, and that’s great - but BSL courses have to be paid for.  So, even to pay a concessionary fee to attend a BSL course, we need to find funding for these BSL courses.  For deaf people, learning sign language is vital - these could be refugees, or migrants or anyone else who wants to learn BSL and I think it should be free.  Why should they have to pay?”

You can watch Mark’s comments on the See Hear episode ‘Deaf Refugees’ on the BBC iPlayer. The show is broadcast monthly at 8am, Wednesdays, BBC Two.

Visit our Centre for deaf education for full details on all deaf education courses currently running at City Lit.