Mark to meet with Lancashire Deaf Rights Group(May 15, 2014)
Mark plans to meet with members of the Lancashire Deaf Rights Group in his constituency office along with Lancashire County Council Leader, CCllr Jennifer Mein on Friday 16th May 2014.
The meeting was organised following a meeting with British Sign Language users, Colin Singh and Lesley Davidson, who lobbied Mr Hendrick in Parliament on 17th March. The pair were visiting Westminster to lobby their MP about achieving legal status for British Sign Language as a Minority Language in the UK. The lobby was organised by the British Deaf Association as part of Sign Language Week 2014 ‘Strengthening Our Rights’.
Following this, Mark requested a meeting with other BSL users in his constituency and around 30 members of the Lancashire Deaf Rights Group - a county wide deaf lobby group- will be coming along to the meeting to raise their concerns. Two BSL interpreters will translate for the politicians and attendees.
Mark said: “Colin and Lesley raised concerns on behalf of the Lancashire Deaf Rights group about the funding of deaf services. I have convened this meeting so that the members can directly engage with myself and the County Council Leader and pave the way to improved services for all deaf people in Lancashire”.
Mr Singh lobbied Mark about the facilities for deaf people in the public services and raised his concerns about Access to Work, hospitals and barriers to communication and interpreters. He said: “Mr Hendrick has been very helpful since some of us met him at the BSL Lobby Day in London in March. It will be good to see him again and give more deaf BSL users a chance to voice their concerns. We are facing barriers in our everyday lives and hope to see a positive change in the future.''