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A promising sign of a more inclusive world for the deaf community

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With Rose Ayling Ellis winning hearts and minds on Strictly Come Dancing, enquiries into British Sign Language (BSL) courses are soaring. One course provider reported a 2,844% increase in sign-ups for their free trial training programmes the day after Ayling-Ellis' latest appearance. A promising sign of a more inclusive world for the deaf community as we enter 2022.

With that in mind, Chattertons want to ensure that all goods and services are accessible and that reasonable adjustments and BSL interpretation is provided where it is needed.

You have a wide range of legal rights to protect you and make sure you aren’t treated unfairly because of your deafness. You have the right not to be discriminated against and for reasonable adjustments to be made so that you can access services that are available to the public, such as colleges, universities, public transport and medical treatment amongst many more.

We are currently assisting clients with difficulties communicating with the police service, local authorities, courts, GPs and hospitals and universities.

Knowing what your legal rights are can help make sure that you get the support you need at home, in the workplace and in the community.


We’re here to help you exercise your rights and make sure you get the best possible support. If you’d like to find out more about your rights or the rights of a loved one, call one of our local Chattertons offices or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.