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The lead organisation for deaf issues in Scotland

We represent organisations working with and on behalf of

  • Deaf Sign Language users
  • deafened
  • deafblind and
  • hard of hearing people.
Our membership provides an effective working partnership between the Voluntary Sector, Social Work and Education Departments, NHS Trusts, Health Boards and the Government.

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BSL (Scotland) Bill Update
SCoD welcomes the Bill as it has been introduced. SCoD would like to continue to support Mark Griffin MSP in his work on this Bill and we congratulate him on getting the Bill to this point. The first responses to us from our members have been very positive and that the Bill is clear and concise. There may be small adjustments to be made – for example, for an increase in scrutiny that involves Deaf BSL users; a sentence that is more inclusive of Deafblind BSL users; detailed guidance for the plans; and for the BSL plans to be published in BSL.

We are waiting on an announcement from the Scottish Government on their position on the BSL Bill, which we hope will be positive. We have received several “statements of support” for the Bill from our members and look forward to receiving more comments.

Several of our members have asked for more information about the Bill and the papers that come with it. We have put together a number of FAQs – available here – that should make things clearer. We will continue to update these as the Bill progresses through the Committee stages.

The Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee has been given the role of gathering evidence to support the Bill and to analyse this evidence. The Committee has issued a call for evidence which closes on Monday 2nd February 2015. For more information, click here.

Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill – Evidence session with Mark Griffin MSP. The Committee held its first evidence session on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill on the 16th December 2014, and the video of the session is now available. It has audio, captions and a BSL translation. To view the video, go to the Scottish Parliament website.

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17Dec

BSL (Scotland) Bill Update

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Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill – Evidence session with Mark Griffin MSP. The Committee held its... Read More →
10Dec

BSL (Scotland) Bill Update

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Our BSL (Scotland) Bill page has been updated – click here. The Scottish Parliament has created a Facebook Group page... Read More →
05Dec

December Bulletin – out now!

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The December edition is now available. Download it from our Bulletin page. The Parliamentary Bulletin can be downloaded from our Scottish... Read More →
28Nov

Call for Evidence on the BSL (Scotland) Bill

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If you haven’t given written evidence to a Scottish Parliament Committee before, go to the BSL (Scotland) page, where you... Read More →

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