Connecting with BSL (British Sign Language) users – consulting on BSL plans Facilitators: Hilary Third, Scottish Government and Derek Todd, Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) Equality for all! Need to find new ways of connecting, supporting and engaging with Deaf / Deafblind British Sign Language (BSL) users in your community? Want to learn more about the BSL National Plan which will be published for consultation in early March 2017? Thinking about how to involve BSL users in developing local BSL plans? The Deaf Sector Partnership (DSP) in collaboration with the Scottish Government are working together to implement the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and raise awareness of the needs of Deaf / Deafblind people. The workshop will give practical tips on how to improve engagement for BSL users in your area. We will give an overview of the draft BSL National Plan and how you can contribute to the Consultation, and consider how to engage with Deaf and Deafblind people in local areas to help improve policies and services for BSL users. .
Getting It Right From The Start. Facilitators: Heather Young and Angela Bonomy In this session, we will explore the life journey of a deaf child and his/her family from point of diagnosis and the importance of “getting it right from the start”. We’ll begin to understand the barriers and challenges deaf children, young people and their families encounter and the underlying issue of language and communication development. We’ll also identify sources of help and support for children, families and professionals alike.
Building Community Assets: tackling inclusion challenges. Facilitators: Elaine Gibb, Development Manager, Voluntary Action Scotland and Dr. Hazel McFarlane, Lead Officer – Sensory Impairment, Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire. Across Scotland the role of and for people as volunteers and active citizens within their communities continues to grow and evolve. People; their skills, knowledge, ideas, experiences and enthusiasm are the greatest asset that we have. But many people are still unable to take part in many of the opportunities to participate, contribute and engage locally. We will explore the role of Third Sector Interfaces in helping people to participate as active citizens and volunteers; hear experience from North Lanarkshire relating to people with sensory impairment and participation barriers and challenges; and discuss what is needed for delegates to become more active citizens themselves