CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 47
Plain English recommendation
Work with disabled people’s organisations to:
(a) Raise legal standards for making digital information services accessible for all.
(b) Ensure people who are deaf or hard of hearing have the right to high-quality sign language interpretation (or other forms of alternative communication) across all areas of life.
(c) Fund the education of children with hearing impairments (plus their families and other people such as classmates) in British Sign Language and tactile language.
Original UN recommendation
The Committee recommends that the State party, in consultation with organizations representing persons with disabilities:
(a) Identify outstanding gaps in the implementation of obligatory accessibility standards on information channels based on ICT.
(b) Ensure that legislation provides for the right to high-quality sign language interpretation and other forms of alternative communication in all spheres of life for deaf persons and hard of hearing persons, in accordance with the Convention.
(c) Allocate resources for the education of children with hearing impairments, their families and others, such as classmates and co-workers, in British Sign Language and tactile language.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
21 (freedom of expression/opinion, access to information)