New Council commitments for our Deaf Community

Following a motion which was proposed by Councillor Mark Cooper and seconded by Councillor Julie Gilmour, the Council has committed to enhancing services, signing on social media videos and the appointment of a ‘Deaf Champion’.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Jim Montgomery.

The motion read:

“That this Council commits to being a Deaf Friendly Council, undertakes to

ensure all council services are accessible to those who are Deaf, commits to

providing signing on social media videos to highlight important events and

announcements within the Council area, promotes the introduction of Sign

Courses for staff, appoints a “Deaf Champion” within the Council and commits

to working with neighbouring Councils and Deaf organisations to promote Deaf

awareness. Commits to signing up to the BDA’s, BSL/ISL Charter to improve

access and rights for Deaf people who use sign language.”

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery said; “Equality of access to services is a hugely important issue for our Council. We have made really positive progress, but we must continue to recognise and remove any barriers that prevent those with a disability from enjoying our Borough as an outstanding place to live, work and enjoy. I’m proud that we have made these commitments and I know they will be warmly welcomed by deaf people within our local community.”