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The BSL National Advisory Group (BSL NAG) membership and co-chairs

After the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 was passed, Scottish Ministers decided to set up a BSL National Advisory Group  to help develop the National Plan. There is a majority of people whose first or preferred language is BSL on the National Advisory Group, so that the National Plan should make a real difference to their lives.

The BSL National Advisory Group is known by the shortened term “NAG”.

The BSL National Advisory Group is made up of ten (10) Deaf people whose first or preferred language is BSL, one (1) Hearing parent of a Deaf child, whose first or preferred language is BSL, one (1) Scottish Government representative and nine (9)  Public Body representatives who have to implement the BSL (Scotland) Act.

The BSL representatives on the National Advisory Group all went through an application process in the same way that people do when they apply for a job. They submitted an application which went through a shortlisting process and then people were invited to an interview. Those who scored best were offered a place on the NAG. The young people who are BSL representatives wereelected to represent the young people on the Youth NAG and in the wider community. The Youth NAG is a group of young people aged 18 years and younger who are interested in representing other young people, whose first or preferred language is BSL, on the NAG in the future.

The BSL National Advisory Group is co-chaired by the Scottish Government and one of the BSL representatives.

The members of the BSL NAG are:

Co-Chairs – 

Sarah Davidson (SG Director General Local Government and Communities) and Debra Wherrett (Deafblind Representative)

First and preferred language BSL user representatives – 

Andrew Kay

Brian McCann

Charlotte Addison

Leona Glennie

Moira Ross

Natalie Greenall

Amy Dawson

Abbie Steggles

Lewis Ross

Lesley Ann Martin

Public Body Representatives

Colin Spivey

Louise MacLennan

Elaine Savory

John Urquhart

Audrey Cameron

Maggie Maxwell

Halena Gauntlett

Stephanie Rose

To find out more about each representative, go to entry for 21st April 2016.

The recent and historic passage of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 means that accessibility for the British Sign Language community and Deaf people in Scotland must be provided by public bodies and, with time, more public services. In the initial stages, Scottish Ministers must publish a BSL National Plan saying how they will promote and support BSL. The British Sign Language National Advisory Group (BSL NAG) will advise Scottish Government on what should be in the National Plan.

Information about the BSL NAG 2015 Recruitment and Application Forms can be found here.

Deafblind NAG information can be found here.

Youth NAG information can be found here.

 

Monday 16 May 2016

The aim and long-term ambitions for British Sign Language (BSL) in Scotland.

What we would like to know is

1. Are these the things you want in the BSL National Plan?

2. If these are not the things you want in the BSL National Plan, what have we missed out?

Please send your comments to Mandy Reid – mandy@scod.org.uk by Friday 27 th May at 12 noon.

 

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BSL National Plan – Long-term aim and ambitions

 

 

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BSL National Plan – Long-term aim and ambitions

 

 

**IMPORTANT NOTICE** This is NOT the BSL National Plan.

 

Monday 25 April 2016

The first National Advisory Group (NAG) Meeting took place in St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh.

There is more information about what took place at the meeting below.

Programme

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BSL NAG Meeting Programme 25 April 2016

 

 

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BSL NAG Meeting Programme 25 April 2016

 

 

Information for the BSL Members of the National Advisory Group

Information about the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, the role and remit of the National Advisory Group (NAG) as a whole and for its members as individuals was drafted for this first meeting. This paper is available below in BSL and in English.

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BSL National Advisory Group Information

 

 

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BSL National Advisory Group Information

 

 

National Advisory Group Meeting Plan

A work plan has been put together for the National Advisory Group meetings throughout 2016 and 2017 until the BSL National Plan is published. For more information on this meeting work plan in BSL and in English, see below.

 

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BSL NAG Work Plan for 2016/17 meetings

 

 

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BSL NAG Work Plan for 2016/17 meetings

 

 

Thursday 21 April 2016

There has been two changes to the NAG members list – the Youth NAG members have been announced and one of the adults has had to withdraw for personal reasons.

The new list is:

BSL National Advisory Group – members (April 2016)

Public body representatives (9)

Sarah Davidson, SG Director General Local Government and Communities (also Co-chair)

Colin Spivey, Scottish Government Learning Directorate

Louise MacLennan NHS National Services on behalf of the NHS Equality and Diversity Leads Network

Elaine Savory, NHS Ayrshire and Arran on behalf of the NHS Equality and Diversity Leads Network

John Urquhart, COSLA on behalf of the Scottish Councils Equality Network

Audrey Cameron, North Lanarkshire Council on behalf of the Scottish Councils Equality Network

Maggie Maxwell, Creative Scotland on behalf of the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Equality Forum

Halena Gauntlett Scottish Funding Council, on behalf of the NDPB Equality Forum, and to provide a link with HE/FE institutions

Stephanie Rose, Police Scotland, on behalf of the Justice Agencies Working Group on Interpretation and Translation

Deaf BSL representatives (10)

Alison Marshall – has had to give up due to personal reasons. The NAG thanks Alison for her work so far and wish her well for the future.

Andrew Kay recently returned from working in the civil service in England to his native Scotland to champion BSL as a native language – a first language for many Deaf people

Brian McCann works as an equality and diversity training officer for a local authority, and is the father of five Deaf children who use BSL.

Charlotte Addison works at an Additional Supported Learning school in Glasgow. She comes from a Deaf family, has a Deaf husband, and three hearing children.

Debra Wherrett grew up using BSL, but as her vision deteriorated, she began using Hands on BSL. She teaches Deafblind Communication and Deafblind Awareness.

Leona Glennie has used BSL all her life, and is losing her sight due to Usher Syndrome. She works for a Deaf and Blind charity in Aberdeen.

Moira Ross grew up with a hearing family, is married to a Deaf BSL husband and has three boys, one of whom is Deaf. Moira is studying drama at university.

Natalie Greenall – has vast experience volunteering with Deaf children and young people with additional support needs. Natalie is a new mum to a Deaf boy.

Amy Dawson comes from a Deaf family with Deaf parents. She has been a BSL user from birth. She is passionate about improving services in education, particularly ensuring that that a Deaf child receives as much BSL support as possible throughout their school years. Amy has experience of meeting politicians so feels confident that she will be able to represent the views of young Deaf people in Scotland.

Abbie Steggles comes from a hearing family and is bilingual in BSL and English. She has been attending classes to improve her BSL which she really enjoys. She wants better BSL access in schools as this would help to break down the barriers that BSL users face on a daily basis. Abbie is very enthusiastic about ensuring that young Deaf people are included as much as possible.

Lewis Ross comes from a Deaf family with Deaf parents and two hearing brothers. He has been a BSL user from birth. He is passionate about helping BSL to be more widely recognised and that BSL users feel happy and comfortable using their language.

 

Hearing parent of a Deaf child (1)

Lesley Ann Martin is a hearing parent of a Deaf child who uses BSL and works for a local authority as a Pupil Support Assistant. Lesley has devoted 10 years of her time for a local Deaf children’s charity.

Secretariat: Hilary Third, Scottish Government Equality Unit

 

Thursday 17 March 2016

The Scottish Government has released information about BSL representatives and public body representatives who sit on the British Sign Language National Advisory Group (BSL NAG).

BSL National Advisory Group – members (March 2016)

Public body representatives (9)

 

Sarah Davidson, SG Director General Local Government and Communities (also Co-chair)

Colin Spivey, Scottish Government Learning Directorate

Louise MacLennan NHS National Services on behalf of the NHS Equality and Diversity Leads Network

Elaine Savory, NHS Ayrshire and Arran on behalf of the NHS Equality and Diversity Leads Network

John Urquhart, COSLA on behalf of the Scottish Councils Equality Network

Audrey Cameron, North Lanarkshire Council on behalf of the Scottish Councils Equality Network

Maggie Maxwell, Creative Scotland on behalf of the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Equality Forum

Halena Gauntlett Scottish Funding Council, on behalf of the NDPB Equality Forum, and to provide a link with HE/FE institutions

Stephanie Rose, Police Scotland, on behalf of the Justice Agencies Working Group on Interpretation and Translation

Deaf BSL representatives (10)

Alison Marshall was born Deaf and began to lose her sight at age 12 with Usher Syndrome. Alison volunteers for ‘Usher’s Social’ – bringing together Deafblind people from all over Scotland

Andrew Kay recently returned from working in the civil service in England to his native Scotland to champion BSL as a native language – a first language for many Deaf people

Brian McCann works as an equality and diversity training officer for a local authority, and is the father of five Deaf children who use BSL.

Charlotte Addison works at an Additional Supported Learning school in Glasgow. She comes from a Deaf family, has a Deaf husband, and three hearing children.

Debra Wherrett grew up using BSL, but as her vision deteriorated, she began using Hands on BSL. She teaches Deafblind Communication and Deafblind Awareness.

Leona Glennie has used BSL all her life, and is losing her sight due to Usher Syndrome. She works for a Deaf and Blind charity in Aberdeen.

Moira Ross grew up with a hearing family, is married to a Deaf BSL husband and has three boys, one of whom is Deaf. Moira is studying drama at university.

Natalie Greenall – has vast experience volunteering with Deaf children and young people with additional support needs. Natalie is a new mum to a Deaf boy.

Youth NAG rep 1 (tbc on 19 March 2016)

Youth NAG rep 2 (tbc on 19 March 2016)

Hearing parent of a Deaf child (1)

Lesley Ann Martin is a hearing parent of a Deaf child who uses BSL and works for a local authority as a Pupil Support Assistant. Lesley has devoted 10 years of her time for a local Deaf children’s charity.

Secretariat: Hilary Third, SG Equality Unit

The relevant information is attached in Word and PDF formats.

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BSL National Advisory Group – members (March 2016)

 

 

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BSL National Advisory Group – members (March 2016)

 

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