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Deaf community gives evidence to Equality Act 2010 Committee

21 October 2015

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The Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability takes evidence from the British Deaf Association. In a first for a House of Lords Committee, the witnesses give evidence in British Sign Language (BSL). In the second session, access to employment and services are discussed from the perspective of businesses and trade unions.


Tuesday 27 October, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster.

At 3.20pm:

  • Terry Riley, Chair, British Deaf Association
  • David Buxton, Director of Campaigns and Communications, British Deaf Association

At approximately 4.30pm:

  • George Selvanera, Business Disability Forum
  • Mark McLane, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity from BDF Partner Barclays Bank
  • James Lowman, Association of Convenience Stores
  • Dr Peter Purton, Policy Officer, Disability and LGBT Rights, Trade Unions Congress

Likely topics

BSL interpreters enable witnesses from the British Deaf Association to give evidence on issues such as legal recognition for BSL, reasonable adjustments for BSL users and also what other barriers deaf people have experienced in accessing employment and services.

The second session covers the issue of accessing employment and services. It covers areas such as 'hidden disabilities' and whether business and service providers are catering for them, the value of the 'questionnaire procedure' in employment applications, and guidance for businesses on welcoming disabled customers.

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