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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.

Update 20/06/2016

Second Feedback Session on the long-term aims and ambitions for the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan in Scotland

 These are the draft long-term aims for the BSL National Plan, which is required by the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015.

These long-term aims have been revised following:

  • feedback from people whose first or preferred language is BSL;
  • feedback from public bodies, and;
  • discussion at the second meeting of the BSL National Advisory Group (NAG2).

The next step is to agree what Scottish public bodies need to do, to help make progress towards each of the long-term aims over the period 2017-2023.

The Scottish Government welcome feedback from people whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language (BSL), from public bodies and from others with an interest in BSL on what actions should The Scottish Government and other public bodies take over the next six years to help achieve each of these long-term aims.

We would like you to look at each of the aims and ambitions, and

  • tell us what you think we need to do to make these aims and ambitions happen and;
  • tell us which of the things you have suggested are the most important for you.

At NAG3, the BSL National Advisory Group (NAG) will use this feedback to recommend actions to be included in the first BSL National Plan.

The BSL version of this paper is available here.

The aims of the BSL National Plan

The Scottish Government values British Sign Language (BSL). We will show leadership in promoting and supporting BSL as a vibrant and living language of Scotland.

We want to make Scotland the best place in the world for people whose first or preferred language is BSL to live, work and visit.

This means that Deaf and Deafblind BSL users will be fully involved in daily and public life in Scotland, as active, healthy citizens and will be able to make informed choices about every aspect of their lives.

 1.Our ambition for early years

1.1 Families with a Deaf or Deafblind child will be given information about BSL and Deaf culture and will offered support to learn to sign with their child.

2. Our ambitions for school education

2.1 Every Deaf or Deafblind child in Scotland will have the opportunity to be taught bilingually in BSL and in English from nursery, through primary school and secondary school, with full access to the curriculum in BSL (resources and teaching).

 2.2 Parents whose first or preferred language is BSL can access the same opportunities to be involved in their child’s education as other parents.

 2.3 Children and young people will have the opportunity to learn BSL through the “1 + 2 languages” programme.

 3. Our ambitions for post-school education

3.1  People whose first or preferred language is BSL will be able to maximise their potential at school, will be supported to transition to post-school education if they wish to do so and will receive the support they need to do well in their chosen subject(s).

3.2  People whose first or preferred language is BSL can access lifelong learning opportunities, including community education.

 4. Our ambitions for employment

4.1 People whose first or preferred language is BSL will be supported to develop the necessary skills to become valued members of the Scottish workforce, and will have fair and equal access to employment opportunities, including apprenticeships, internships and employability programmes.

4.2 People whose first or preferred language is BSL will be provided with support in the workplace to enable them to remain in and progress in their chosen career.

 5. Our ambition for health, mental health & social care

5.1 People whose first or preferred language is BSL will have access to the information and services they need to live active, healthy lives, and to make informed choices at every step of their care pathway.

 6. Our ambition for justice

6.1 People whose first or preferred language is BSL will have the information and legal support they need to have full access to civil and criminal justice in Scotland, including where they are victims of crime, and will have the information and legal support they need if they are arrested and charged with a crime in Scotland.

 7. Our ambition for transport

7.1 People whose first or preferred language is BSL will have safe, fair and inclusive access to public transport and the systems that support all transport use in Scotland.

 8. Our ambition for culture, leisure, sport and the arts

8.1 People whose first or preferred language is BSL will enjoy fair and inclusive access to Scotland’s culture, leisure pursuits, sport and the arts and will have every opportunity to share their own Deaf culture with the people of Scotland.

 9. Our ambition for all our public services

9.1 Across the Scottish public sector, information and services will be accessible to people whose first or preferred language is BSL.

10. Our ambitions for representation in democracy of people whose first or preferred language is BSL

10.1 People whose first or preferred language is BSL should be able to represent the people of Scotland as elected politicians at a national and local level, and to serve on boards of our public bodies.

10.2 People whose first or preferred language is BSL should have full access to information about democracy, including voting.

Please send your comments to Mandy Reid – mandy@scod.org.uk by Friday 15 July 2016 in BSL or English.  All the information will be collected, read and a report written, translated and circulated by Monday 8 August 2016, to be discussed at NAG3 on Monday 22 August 2016.

 The BSL version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUWJXuTrFtI

 

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

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.

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)

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.

 

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