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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.


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.

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.


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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... Read More →

BSL Interpreter at Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship Programme Open Day

The Scottish Parliament will have a BSL interpreter available at their apprenticeship open day and would like to get the... Read More →

Sessional Creche Workers required – Deaf Action

Deaf Action have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery Communities & Families Fund to provide British Sign... Read More →

Call for Tenders – Interim & Final Evaluation Reports: Equality & Access for Deaf People Project

This is an invitation to appropriate organisations and or individual consultants, to design and complete both an interim and final... Read More →

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