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To me BSL is a MFL, as we learn Spanish, French or German, I believe BSL to be even more essential than these. This is firstly because we cannot travel to 'Deafland', they are our silent neighbours and part of our own country, often being excluded from some areas due to ignorance. Even though they have a culture and community themselves, I can imagine traversing the World of the Hearing, to be a very lonely and unfriendly kind of place. I appreciate the need to lipread- but as we are learning creature, skills need to be acquired by both sides and it is time more Hearing people learn and adapt their abilities to better enable us to include other.

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