British Sign Langauge (BSL) Approximately 1 in every 1000 children is born with a severe or profound hearing loss. Approximately 50,000 deaf people in the UK use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first or preferred language. There are many others who know and use sign language but not as their first language. (Statistics from www.disability.co.uk) Many of us have family members who are profoundly deaf, and for many of them, everyday communication can be difficult. Joining this course will lead to a new skill, but might also bridge the gap between you and your next best friend! Give it a try!