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.

ENGLISH VERSION:
“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.”

New Training Courses available at Deafblind Scotland

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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: trainingadmin@deafblindscotland.org.uk

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: trainingadmin@deafblindscotland.org.uk

Training News

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We have top news from our training department.

First up the next ‘Hands on Sign’ workshop will take place on Saturday 21st May, 10-4pm. The venue will be Scotrail Training Academy, 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ.
This course is suitable to professionals who have achieved BSL level 3 and upwards. The cost of the course is £100 per person and the course is fully compatible with people wishing to use their ILA £200 account.All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance for CPD evidence.

Next up we are offering a shiny new qualification – SQA BSL level 3 H3PA (12)! The waiting list is now open so get in touch!

For more information contact Ellen on trainingadmin@deafblindscotland.org.uk

National Advisory Group Members Announced

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Scottish Government announces BSL National Advisory Group (BSL NAG) members

 

The Scottish Government has today announced a new expert advisory group has been appointed to support the implementation of legislation which will improve the way public services meet the needs of Deaf / Deafblind British Sign Language (BSL) users living in Scotland.

 

This follows the introduction of the historic BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 last September, which recognised BSL as a language of Scotland, and will result in the first BSL Action Plan.

 

All members will be appointed to the group for two years, and will oversee the development of the first BSL National Plan. The two remaining places will be taken by Deaf people who are under 18 years-old, and will be filled later this month.

 

The Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP), which has been created by the Scottish Government to support the implementation of the new BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, will be supporting both BSL NAG members and Deaf / Deafblind BSL users around Scotland. For more information about DSP, please check the website.

 

Deafblind Scotland are delighted to note that three Deafblind individuals, Alison Marshall, Debra Wherrett and Leona Glennie, have been appointed places on the NAG

 

The full list of names are available on DSP Website: www.deafsectorpartnership.net

 

BSL version (via DSP YouTube page): https://youtu.be/XomKAwBEFBI

 

BSL National Advisory Group

The Scottish Government has announced plans to recruit ten Deaf BSL users to the British Sign Language (BSL) National Advisory Group (NAG), which will advise Scottish Ministers on what should be included in the first BSL National Plan. Two places on the group will be reserved for Deafblind people who use BSL, and two will be for young Deaf people who use BSL. An eleventh place will go to the hearing parent of a Deaf child, and nine places will be taken by public bodies who are subject to the new legislation. The closing date for applications is Thursday 28 January 2016 at 11.59pm.

For further information please conact us:

Email: dsp@deafblindscotland.org.uk

SMS: 07584 078494