Audience for BSL interpreted shows
There are around 70,000 people in the UK for whom British Sign Language (BSL) is their primary form of communication.
Members of the Deaf community – who use BSL as their primary language – often see themselves as part of a linguistic minority, and the use of the capital ‘D’ in the word ‘Deaf’ is used to refer to this group.
BSL is distinct from English, however some members of the Deaf community (particularly those who have acquired English through residual hearing or prior to becoming deaf) may use Sign Supported English (SSE). As the name suggests, SSE uses English grammar, syntax and vocabulary, along with BSL signs and features.
The Deaf community may also include partially deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people who use British Sign Language.