British Sign Language/English Interpreters - Guidance for Council Employees and Elected Members
Devon County Council is committed to working with appropriately trained British Sign Language interpreters to assist in communicating with Deaf people. The Disability Discrimination Act also places a duty on the Council to provide a BSL/English interpreter to make it easier for Deaf people to use its services.
Accurate interpreting is important and therefore we promote the need to work with interpreters who are members of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI) and/or registered with the Independent Register of interpreters (IRP).
The Disability Rights Commission, British Deaf Association and Royal National Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People have produced a quick reference guide to advise service providers about their duty to provide BSL/English interpreters as part of the Disability Discrimination Act. The guide gives useful tips on working with Interpreters.
Contacting an Interpreter
Deafinite Interpreters aims to provide the South West area with a professional, reliable service for booking British Sign Language (BSL)/English interpreters. BSL interpreters can work wherever there is a need for Deaf sign language users and hearing (non-deaf) people to communicate. Examples of situations that might call for the services of a BSL interpreter include: health appointments, professional meetings, job interviews, training courses.
Mobile/text: 07768 076852
Telephone: 01392 267071
50 Topsham Road
Please see the Devon BSL Charter for further information about our campaign to improve communication between hearing and Deaf people.
Also on devon.gov.uk