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August 20, 2004

£21,000 for deaf association

From: News & Star, United Kingdom - Aug 20, 2004

CUMBRIA Deaf Assosciation has received £20,900 in a bid to raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL).

The boost follows the Government's recognition of BSL as a language in its own right last year.

The organisation received further funding last May when the Government announced the ten organisations it intends to award £1.5 million to.

CDA chief executive John Brown said: "It is worth noting, after English, BSL is one of the most used languages in the country, yet people are often unaware it is a rich language in its own right and that profoundly deaf BSL users have a culture of their own in the same way many other minority groups do."

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