BSLBT has commissioned OPM (Office for Public Management) to conduct the first-ever comprehensive review of research literature and data about the UK Deaf community.

The report is called: Research into the Deaf audience in the UK: a review of evidence and BSLBT's aim was to find out more about our audience.

  • To download the Executive Summary of the report (also available in BSL on the video, right), click here.
  • To download the plain English version of the report, click here.
  • To download the full report, click here.
  • To download the report's appendices, click here.
  • The 2019 update to the report can be found here.

The main finding of the report is that very little research has been done into the UK Deaf community.

This means there is little hard evidence to help BSLBT (or other organisations) to meet the Deaf community's needs and aspirations.

BSLBT will use the report's findings to guide audience engagement work and help with planning.

However we also recognise a need for enhanced knowledge about the Deaf community.

The report highlights opportunities for agencies tackling isolation and social exclusion to work together.

BSLBT is open to discussions and collaborations with organisations that share our interest in the Deaf community.

Please contact Ruth Griffiths, Chief Executive, at 


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