British Sign Language is the preferred language of approximately 50,000 - 70,000 Deaf people here in the UK, according to the Department of Work and Pensions.  Anecdotally, the numbers are predicted to be a lot higher.

British Sign Language was recognised in 2003 as one of the United Kingdom's indigenous minority languages, with a set of grammatical rules different to those of English.

British Sign Language is a visual-spatial language which incorporates the use of hands, body, face and head. 

British Sign Language is more than just the use of a language, but is also an important part of the culture, personal identity and history of many Deaf people and their families.

Anyone looking for a more detailed history on the evolution of British Sign Language should contact DCAL; the Deafness, Cognition And Language research centre.

 

British Deaf Association