Press Release

Press Release

Tuesday 08 March 2016

Scottish Council on Deafness Connect and Communicate Conference

The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) is delighted to announce that tickets for our Annual Conference ‘Connect and Communicate’ in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 10 March 2016 have now sold out! Considered to be the Annual Conference for the Deaf Sector in Scotland, we have representatives from national Public Bodies, Local Authorities, Health Boards and the Private Sector attending alongside our own members. SCoD acts as an umbrella body for the Deaf Sector and fellow Deaf Sector Partnership organisations including Deafblind Scotland, NDCS Scotland, Deaf Action, Deaf Connections and British Deaf Association Scotland will all be attending.

Janis McDonald, SCoD’s Chief Officer states: “In this Conference, we aim to promote the rights of the deaf community to linguistic access and equality across all aspects of life nationally. Raising awareness of the impact of hearing loss for people in Scotland, our Conference aims to raise awareness among the Scottish public of the barriers people who are Deaf, Deafblind, Deafened or Hard of Hearing face. We will build an environment where people can come together, to connect and to discuss how linguistic access and improved inclusive communication across all sectors of society can break down barriers for deaf people.”

Other organisations including Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Sense Scotland, SignLive, contactSCOTLAND-BSL and Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI), will be hosting workshops around the core theme of communication focusing on a range of deafness. Keynote speakers include BT’s Inclusion Manager Dave Barrett whose work ensures accessibility is at the heart of everything the company does. He will discuss ‘The “Wider” World Developments of Communication.’ Professor Jemina Napier, from Heriot-Watt University will be our second keynote speaker, discussing ‘Cross-Culture Communication.’

Following on from the enactment of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015, and the statutory legal requirement of the Scottish Government and national public bodies to produce a national plan by October 2017 to promote the use and understanding of British Sign Language, it is encouraging to see such a high level of attendance at our Conference.

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Editor’s Note:

Contact Details –

  1. Janis MacDonald

Chief Officer,

Scottish Council on Deafness,

Email: janis@scod.org.uk

  1. Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD)

Website: www.scod.org.uk

Tel (v): 0141 248 2474

Text: 0141 248 2477

SMS: 07925 417 338

Email: admin@scod.org.uk

Twitter: SCoDMedia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scottish-Council-on-Deafness-SCoD-753972261325368/

  1. Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP)

Website: www.deafsectorpartnership.net

Email: admin@deafsectorpartnership.net

Twitter: DeafSector

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470165406637765/?fref=ts

  1. BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 – Link

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2015/11/contents/enacted