Deaf geographies, and other worlds.
Here, an open letter to Ofsted, regarding their extraordinary publication – yesterday – of a consultation document aimed at Deaf children and young Deaf people (follow the link on that page, third down).
Rather than simply carry out the consultation in BSL, Ofsted chose to write the document ‘in BSL’ – as a series of static images of signs, in supposed BSL order, with English translations added.
Some of the images aren’t even signs… they are stick-figures, in boxes…
The result beggars belief – for a government who, in 2003, are supposed to have declared that BSL was a ‘natural language’ to do this is utterly bewildering.
This will be emailed to Ofsted at email@example.com
I’d encourage you to also write to them.