Useful Links


British Deaf Association (BDA) 

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is charity based organisation campaigning on issues relating to the human rights of Deaf people (whose preferred language is a signed language), issues pertaining to British Sign Language (BSL) and raising general awareness about the Deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority.

Since its formation in 1890 the BDA has been a pivotal organisation in increasing the profile the Deaf community as a linguistic cultural minority and lobbying on the rights of Deaf people as equal citizens.

For more information about the BDA, joining the BDA and its campaigns by visiting their website.



European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli)

The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) is a membership organisation of signed language interpreters across Europe. The aim of efsli is to provide a forum for discussion and information sharing amongst its members and interpreters at large.

Efsli is an important organisation for signed language interpreters in Europe as it has a history of supporting national signed language interpreting associations to establish participate in an advisory capacity on a number of pan European projects raising the profile and value behind establishing signed language interpreter training routes and infrastructure to enable a national profession to form.

For more information about efsli, joining efsli, efsli training and events by visiting their website.



European Union of the Deaf (EUD)

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is based in Brussels, Belgium. The EUD is a not-profit European non-Governmental organisation (ENGO) comprising National Associations of the Deaf (NADs). It is the only supranational organisation representing Deaf people at European level and is one of the few ENGOs representing associations in all 28 EU Member States, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Aiming to establish and maintain EU level dialogue with the European Union institutions and officials in consultation and co-operation with its member NADs, it also has participatory status with the Council of Europe (CoE).

The EUD's aim is to achieve equality in public and private life for Deaf people all over Europe to ensure they can become full citizens. Its main objectives are the recognition of the right to use an indigenous sign language, empowerment through communication and information, and equality in education and employment.

For more information about EUD and it’s campaigns by visiting their website.



National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) was founded in London on 15 December 1944 by a handful of parents of deaf children concerned about the impact of the 1944 Education Act on their schooling. Today the NDCS is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

Deaf Child Worldwide is the NDCS international development wing. It’s the only UK-based international development agency dedicated to enabling deaf children to overcome poverty and isolation.

To find out more about the NDCS and it’s campaigns by visiting their website.



National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people (NRCPD)

The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) regulates communication professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people. This includes Signed Language Interpreters, Lipspeakers, Speech to Text Reporters, Signed Language Translators and Notetakers.

The NRCPD’s objective is to safeguard the wellbeing and interests of people who rely on those professionals. This is achieved by setting the standards of professional practice and making sure only professionals who meet those standards can carry an NRCPD photo ID card. The NRCPD promote the importance of registration and make sure it is seen to add value to the vision of a society in which deaf people are fully included.

Those who register with the NRCPD have meet the national occupational standards of their profession and are deemed safe to practice.

The NRCPD manage and monitor the code of ethics and complaints procedure for communication professionals in the UK.

For more information about the NRCPD, how to register as a communication profession and NRCPD’s work by visiting their website.



National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI)

The National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI) are a collective of qualified and trainee British Sign Language/English interpreters, Deaf interpreters and Sign Language translators.

NUBSLI is a branch of Unite the Union and works strengthen members' terms and conditions, as well as campaigning on issues that affect the profession. 

For more information about NUBSLI's work and membership by visiting their website.



Our Health in Your Hands

A campaign has been launched for the Deaf community, raising awareness around the right (under law) to request an interpreter in a healthcare setting like a hospital and a GP surgery when you need one.

For more information about the campaign go to the OHIYH website.



Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI)

The Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) is the Registering and Membership body in Scotland for British Sign Language (BSL)/English Interpreters.

SASLI promotes the use of registered interpreters in Scotland and provides support to it’s members to maintain and enhance their interpreting skills and expertise through Continuing Professional Development.

For more information about SASLI, joining SASLI and SASLI’s work by visiting their website.



United Kingdom Council on Deafness (UKCoD)

UKCoD is the UK’s leading membership body for organisations concerned with Deafness. UKCoD provide specialist information, conferences and collaborative working opportunities whilst providing a collective membership voice to political and cross sector parties.

For more information about UKCoD, it’s campaigns, events and news by visiting their website.



World Association of Signed Language Interpreters (WASLI)

The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) is an international association of sign language interpreters. The aim of WASLI is to advance the profession of sign language interpreting worldwide. WASLI do this by

Encourage the establishment of national associations of sign language interpreters in countries that do not have them

  • Be a support network for existing national associations of sign language interpreters
  • Share information and be a reference point for interpreting issues, using the World Wide Web and other internationally accessible ways
  • Support the work of sign language interpreters working at international events, e.g. conferences, sporting events
  • Work in partnership with Deaf and Deafblind associations on sign language interpreting issues
  • Encourage research
  • Develop and promote standards for high quality training, education and assessment of sign language interpreters
  • Host conferences and seminars
  • Liaise with spoken language interpreter organisations and other organisations having common interests

For more information about WASLI, joining WASLI, WASLI training and events by visiting their website.



World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of these 70 million live in developing countries, where authorities are rarely familiar with their needs or desires.

Recognised by the United Nations (UN) as their spokes-organisation, WFD works closely with the UN and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the UN and its specialised agencies.

When necessary, WFD uses special, legal or administrative measures to ensure that Deaf people in every country have the right to preserve their own sign languages, organisations, and cultural and other activities. Most important among WFD priorities are Deaf people in developing countries; the right to sign language; and equal opportunity in all spheres of life, including access to education and information.

For more information about WFD, joining WFD, WFD campaigns and events by visiting their website.