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The Deaf Sector Partnership 2016/2017

The Scottish Government Equality Unit currently funds five deaf organisations to support the implementation of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015.

The work will focus on these primary outcomes:

  • To support the development of the BSL National Advisory Group (the NAG);
  • To support people whose first or preferred language is BSL (including Deaf BSL users, Deafblind BSL users, Deaf/Deafblind people from equality and diversity groups whose first or preferred language is BSL, and people with additional language/support needs whose first or preferred language is BSL)  to be as involved as they want to be in the development of the first BSL National Plan; and
  • To support public bodies to be more inclusive of people whose first or preferred language is BSL and to support them to meet their duties under the BSL (Scotland) Act.

Each organisation, while being funded separately, will collaborate and work in partnership with the other four organisations as well as the Scottish Government and the Voluntary Action Fund. The organisations are the BDA Scotland, Deaf Action, Deafblind Scotland, National Deaf Children’s Society (Scotland) and the  Scottish Council on Deafness.

The Deaf Sector Partnership 2015/2016

When the Deaf Sector Partnership was set up in 2015, the Scottish Government Equality Unit funded five deaf organisations to take forward the preparatory work on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill with the Scottish Government, listed public authorities and people whose first or preferred language is BSL in Scotland.

The work focussed on two primary outcomes:

1. Engaging with the Deaf Community (including Deafblind people who use BSL) and people whose first or preferred language is BSL; and
2. Supporting public bodies to better understand/meet the needs of Deaf and Deafblind BSL users.

Each organisation, while being funded separately, collaborated and worked in partnership with the other four organisations as well as the Scottish Government and the Voluntary Action Fund.

The organisations were:
The British Deaf Association (Scotland)
Deaf Action
Deafblind Scotland
Deaf Connections
The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD)

 

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