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GDA comments on 'Dossier of Disgrace'

Deaf people’s ability to access public services is being restricted, leading to distress and potentially life threatening situations, according to a report titled A Dossier of Disgrace by the National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI), which is part of Unite.

The report warns that UK government cost cutting and the introduction of national framework agreements have led to skilled British Sign Language (BSL)/English interpreters leaving the profession and a poorer service and lack of choice for deaf people when they access public services.
 
GDA's Chief Executive Officer, Jenny Hopkins commented on the report, "We are grateful to the public service organisations in Gloucestershire, which have always respected the wishes of Deaf sign language users for communications support to be provided locally through their preferred provider. Deaf people can contact GDA direct via Facetime, Skype or text, knowing our staff can communicate using sign language, and it gives them control and choice over a service which is crucial to them"
 
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