Deafblind National Advisory Group

Draft National Plan Consultation – now open until 31st May.

More information here.

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Deafblind Scotland are hosting Information Days about the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015.
All Deafblind, Deaf Ushers and those whose first or preferred language is BSL are welcome to attend.

Interpreters, Tactile BSL Interpreters, Electronic Notetakers, Guide/Communicators are available.

Come along, meet, discuss, get involved, lunch will be provided.

Friday 20th January 2017 (Radisson Blu Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel 301 Argyll St, Glasgow, G2 8DL) 10am – 3pm

Saturday 21st January 2017 (Perth Concert Hall Mill St, Perth, PH1 5HZ) 10am – 3pm

Please let us know if you are planning to attend.

Email: Phone: 0141 777 7774



National Advisory Group (NAG) and Deafblind NAG Update – September 2016
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 The next step in the process is that the first Draft Guidance for the BSL National Plan will be circulated for consultation.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 The next DBNAG will  be arranged soon after the draft Guidance is available. We look forward to working with DBNAG members on this next stage.

After the passing of the BSL Scotland Act in 2015 , the National Advisory Group (NAG) was set up to advise the government on the needs of the BSL community, including deafblind BSL users. The NAG will also draw up the BSL National Plan.

The NAG is a group of representatives from the deaf community who use BSL and representatives from key Public Bodies in Scotland. There are 21 people on the NAG. Between April 2016 and August 2017 they will have met 7 times and by October 2017 will produce the first BSL National Plan. This will go out to well over 100 Public Bodies who will then have to state how they allow access to their services to the BSL community, including deafblind people who use BSL.

There are 2 deafblind BSL using members of the NAG; Debra Wherrett and Leona Glennie.

There are several sub groups or mini-NAGS, one of which is the deafblind national advisory group, or DBNAG. This group is vital to relay important information to the 2 deafblind NAG members who can then feed the views of deafblind people into the NAG meetings.

The DBNAG meetings require to take place 2-3 weeks before the big NAG Meetings in order for the deafblind people to be consulted fully. Future DBNAG meetings and venues are to be arranged.

The DBNAG meetings are open to any deafblind people in Scotland whose first or preferred language is BSL. They do not need to be known to Deafblind Scotland. In fact it is hoped that other deafblind people who use BSL will become aware of the Project and will wish to become involved. There is BSL Interpreter support, including Hands-On BSL support available as well as Guide/Communicator support available to attend meetings.

If you know of a deafblind person who uses BSL and who may not be known to Deafblind Scotland please tell them about the DBNAG, and if interested contact Ken Hallsworth


BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, National Advisory Group (NAG) and the Deafblind National Advisory Group. (DBNAG)

Deafblind Scotland, as part of the Deaf Sector Partnership, is supporting Deafblind citizens in Scotland to participate in the National Advisory Group for the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015.

The purpose of the Deafblind NAG is to provide an additional support system to ensure equality of access and enable Deafblind people to support two ‘champions’ to represent deafblind people on the NAG. To offer ongoing support and training for NAG members and to support in the communication of information and gathering of views of deafblind BSL users in Scotland.

Deafblind Adults with BSL as first or preferred language can also apply individually to the NAG, through the main process.

Deafblind representatives will occupy two places on the National Advisory Group (NAG).

Deafblind NAG member representatives have to complete the same application process and go through an interview to get onto the NAG but the timescales will be different. Interviews will be on 26th February

Deafblind Scotland along with Deaf Sector Partners will offer the Deafblind NAG support and training.

We should also inform you that staff of all the deaf partnership organisation are not allowed to apply to go on the NAG as this is seen as a conflict of interest. This includes staff who have worked for any of the organisations in the last year however does not include volunteers.

For more information contact Ken Hallsworth on;

email or tel 0141 777 7774

Deafblind Scotland – Part of the Deaf Sector Partnership

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