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Equality Act 2010

For a large proportion of the Deaf Community English is their 2nd or 3rd language and a British Sign Language interpreter is essential if that person is going to be able to communicate effectively.

Many Deaf people do not see themselves as disabled, however under equality legislation, Deaf people must not be treated less favourably because of their deafness. Service providers have had to make reasonable adjustments to make sure their services are accessible to everyone, including people who use British Sign Language. Providing an interpreter is one way of making such provision.

For further information on the Equality Act 2010 please visit the Government Equalities Office website on www.equalities.gov.uk

Access to Work

Access to Work is a government scheme accessed through regional Jobcentre Plus contact centres. This programme will support deaf people with part or all of the costs of the additional support they may require in order to work effectively. This can include the costs of a BSL/English Interpreter as well as equipment.

For further information about Access to Work, please visit

www.direct.gov.uk website - Access to Work Support

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