Deafblind and Usher Consultation meeting on the BSL National Plan

Consultation Poster May Part B

BSL National Plan Consultation open meeting for Ushers / Deafblind BSL users.

Friday 19 May 2017


Renfield St. Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP

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To book a place, please register with Ken Hallsworth:

Please try to attend, this will be the last deafblind meeting to give your views on the BSL National Plan. There will be BSL Interpreters, including Hands-on Interpreters, Guide/Communicators and Electronic Notetakers available on the day.

It is really important that the Government receive as many responses as possible from deafblind BSL users, so please try to come along.

Contact Ken Hallsworth

Statement from the Scottish Government Regarding Tactile BSL

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Statement from The Scottish Government - Wednesday 1 February 2017

Statement from Sarah Davidson, Director-General for Communities and co-chair the BSL NAG (National Advisory Group) on behalf of The Scottish Government regarding Tactile BSL.

“My name is Sarah Davidson, I am the Director-General for Communities in the Scottish Government, and co-chair the BSL NAG (National Advisory Group).

I am aware that there has been some discussion about the inclusion of Tactile BSL on the Facebook page. As the Scottish Government’s senior representative on the NAG, I want to set out clearly the position of Scottish Ministers. Section 5 of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 refers specifically to “the tactile form of British Sign Language used and understood by some Deafblind people”. The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to include tactile BSL in the act.

Those of you who followed the passage of the Bill through the Scottish Parliament will know that Ministers made a number of commitments to ensuring that the needs of Deafblind people whose first or preferred language is BSL, were fully considered in the implementation of the legislation.

The NAG includes Deafblind representatives whose first language is BSL, one of whom has been my co-chair and their contribution has been immense.

As we work together to develop the first BSL National Plan, it is crucial that we understand the needs of people who can no longer receive BSL the usual way because of sight loss.

We need to do all we can to enable Deafblind BSL users to continue to communicate in BSL – for example through hands-on signing – so that they can remain part of the vibrant BSL communities in Scotland.”

SCoD Annual Conference Connect and Capitalise

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Thursday 9 March 2017

Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow

Maureen Watt MSP and Minister for Mental Health will be our keynote speaker.

Also speaking will be Yvonne Strachan CBE of the Scottish Government and Martyn Evans from the Carnegie UK Trust  –

* This year’s conference title “Connect and Capitalise” means that we are building on the connections and partnerships that have been made over the last three years and at our last two conferences. We all benefit or capitalise on these connections as we grow the Deaf Sector.

To book tickets for the Conference, go to Eventbrite by clicking here or by contacting



9.15am: Registration & Networking Opportunity

10.00am: Welcome 

10.10am: Keynote Speaker  – Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt, MSP

10.30am: Keynote Speaker – Yvonne Strachan CBE, Head of Human Rights and Equality – Scottish Government

10.45am: Keynote Speaker – Martyn Evans –  Chief Executive, Carnegie UK Trust

11.00am: Comfort Break – Refreshments and Networking

11.45am: Workshop Session 1 – 3 workshops running at the same time.

Workshop 1: To be confirmed

Workshop 2: To be confirmed

Workshop 3: To be confirmed

12.45pm: Networking Lunch

1.45pm: Workshop Session 2 – 3 workshops running at the same time.

Workshop 1: Skills Development Scotland – facilitator to be confirmed

Workshop 2: Getting It Right For Every Child – facilitator to be confirmed

Workshop 3: To be confirmed

2.45pm: Afternoon refreshment break

3.00pm: Workshop Session 3 – 3 workshops running at the same time.

Workshop 1: Julie Carr/See Hear Assisted Communication Policy Team  –  facilitator to be confirmed

Workshop 2: Voluntary Action Scotland/Third Sector Interface

Workshop 3: To be confirmed 

4.00pm: Chair’s closing remarks

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Job Advert British Sign Language Policy Officer

Scottish Governement


British Sign Language Policy Officer (15 hours per week, March – October 2017, Salary £34,919 pro rata)

The Equality Unit is seeking to recruit a part-time policy officer to support the consultation on the BSL draft National Plan, and to assist in finalising the BSL National Plan for publication. The post is for 15 hours per week and will run from 1 March until 31 October 2017. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated bilingual person, with a high level of skill in both BSL and written English.

You will need to demonstrate that you have skills and experience in qualitative analysis, including the ability to organise and theme qualitative data.

You will also need to demonstrate that you have an understanding of policy making.

We particularly welcome applications from experienced Deaf candidates.

Specific tasks include:

– working alongside Scottish Government analysts to ensure that consultation responses submitted in BSL are accurately reflected in the analysis (this will include providing English summaries of BSL responses).

– working alongside Scottish Government policy officers to provide BSL expertise in the creation of the final BSL national plan – both in terms of content, and accessibility of the output.

You will be managed by Hilary Third, Equality Policy Manager, who has policy responsibility for co-ordinating the development of the first BSL National Plan. The team is located in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh.

If you are interested in the post, please email your CV and a supporting statement in English to by midnight on Friday 3 February 2017. Interviews will be held in BSL, on Friday 24 February 2017, in Edinburgh.

BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 Information Day


Are you still not clear about what the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 is?

Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) would like to invite YOU to an event which is being held at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh on Saturday 4th February, and it will be from 11am to 1pm. The focus of the event will look at the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 and its importance for individuals whose first or preferred language is BSL. There will be opportunities to ask questions about the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, and also find out what will be happening in the months to come. Sessions will be delivered, which will be split into separate sessions for adults and young people. BSL interpreters will be present on the day.

Free lunch will be provided and in the afternoon there will be an opportunity to have a look around the museum. The event is open to anyone whose first or preferred language is BSL – adults, parents of deaf children and young people from 10 years old upwards.

If you have any questions then please get in touch with

Social Security in Scotland Consultation in BSL

The Scottish Government has published its consultation on Social Security in Scotland in British Sign Language.

The closing date for BSL users to respond to the consultation is Friday 3rd December 2016. This extension only applies to BSL users.

To read about the consultation click here.

A New future for Social Security – Consultation on Social Security in Scotland

To view a summary version of the consultation click here.

BSL version available click here.

To complete the consultation online click here.

National Advisory Group (NAG) and DeafblindNAG Update


Thank you to all the deafblind members who have participated in the DBNAGs and who gave their views on the 10 Aims and Ambitions of the BSL National Plan. We have sent you the BSL version of  the feedback from the last DBNAG in Perth on August 2nd on a DVD. We have also sent you the written version of this in your
preferred formats.

What happens next? The next  BSL NAG meeting is on Tuesday 1st November. The BSL NAG will look at all feedback from deaf and deafblind BSL users in Scotland and prioritise these so that the BSL National Plan can begin to be written. The next step in the process is that the first Draft Guidance for the BSL National Plan will be circulated for consultation.  Deafblind Scotland will consult with DBNAG members and other BSL using members on this when it comes out. The next DBNAG will  be arranged soon after the draft Guidance is available, it is anticipated this may be in December 2016 or January 2017. We look forward to working with DBNAG members on this next stage.

New Training Courses available at Deafblind Scotland


Deafblind Scotland invite registrations to the following courses:

SQA British Sign Language (level 3) H3PA13- New Course
This part-time course is suitable for students who have achieved BSL level 2.
Based in Deafblind Scotland, Lenzie Office.

Classes begin in August and the cost of the course is £700. The course is ILA compatible and a scheduled payment plan will available.
We will offer a free induction evening in June and July to allow students to brush up their skills and complete registration documentation.
If you would like to enroll for the course or need further information, please contact Ellen on email:

SQA British Sign Language (level 2) H3PA12
This intensive day-time course is suitable for students who have achieved BSL level 1.
Based in Central Glasgow.

Classes begin in August and the cost of the course is £480. The course is ILA compatible and a scheduled payment plan will available.
Sessions will be 9.30-4.30 daily and will be for a period of 10-12 weeks.
If you would like to enroll for the course or need further information, please contact Ellen on email:

BSL National Plan – Have Your Say

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The BSL National Plan is currently being created and you are invited to have your say on what’s included. The BDA have planned several events where you can get more information on the BSL National Plan and then have your say. BSL Youtube video (english transcription below) with further information can be found here.

They want to know:

1. Are these the things you would like in the BSL National Plan?

2. If these are not the things you want in the BSL National Plan, what have we missed out?

Here are the remaining events this week:
Kilmarnock OAP Deaf Club 25th May 12pm
Falkirk Deaf OAP Club 25th May 2.30pm
Aberdeen Deaf Club 26th May 12pm

The Deadline to have your say is Friday 27th May 2016.

For more information contact Helen Morgans-Wenhold. Email:, Text/Facetime: 07885 367674

Have your say on the BSL National Plan

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