On the 21st of January 2021, the Bulgarian Sign Language Bill was approved getting through the second reading stage of the Parliament session and officially becoming a law. The Bill was reviewed on 13th of January 2021 and the changes made are rather insignificant. True, Bulgaria now has legalized Bulgarian Sign Language (BgSL) just like other countries, but so far, that’s the only advantage in the situation. The way BgSL was legalized does not take into account the national specifications of our country, nor does it consider the specifics of all the people in the Bulgarian deaf community. The current analysis, albeit a not-so-comprehensive one, sheds some light on the real picture of the legalization, the consequences and the reactions among people regarding the process.

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