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BDA Scotland urges you to make your signs count

9 December 2014

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is very pleased to see what happened in Scotland. Take a look at the Scottish Parliament website page announcing the “British Sign Language (BSL) Bill” proposed by Mark Griffin MSP. It has now gone to the Education and Culture Committee for review. The Committee wants to see evidence by 2 February 2015.

The BDA warmly congratulates the Scottish Parliament for considering the BSL Bill. This is very important for the 15,000 BSL users in Scotland, according to the Scottish Census 2011. The BDA also welcomes the Scottish Parliament setting up the BSL Bill Facebook, possibly the first time that the Scottish Parliament has set up Facebook!

Facebook group link - "British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill": https://www.facebook.com/groups/800527046656790

We have heard that the Scottish Government just submitted their response on the BSL Bill to the Education and Culture Committee and the response seems positive. The Committee will question them over their response paper soon. The BDA Scotland will be there at the Committee.

The BDA Scotland is planning to hold an Open Meeting (BSL Bill) in January 2015. No date is confirmed yet, as this depends on Mark Griffin's MSP availability. The Open meeting will give BSL users the chance to find out more about the Bill and learn what evidence they need to send to the Education and Culture Committee by 2 February 2015.

The BDA Scotland’s Community staff, Graham Duff and Avril Hepner, will offer support so please contact them on how to submit the evidence.

For example, perhaps a deaf parent of hearing child needs a BSL interpreter at a school parent consultation session. Or another another example is a hearing parent of deaf child wanting to learn BSL.

The Education and Culture Committee needs to hear BSL users’ evidence!

Please contact Graham and Avril, they will be happy to assist you.

If you need support or guidance, please contact:-

Graham Duff: spo.scot@bda.org.uk
Avril Hepner: cado.sthscot@bda.org.uk

This is your opportunity to tell the Scottish Parliament why BSL users need a new law!

With your support, the BDA Scotland wants to see the BSL Bill become an Act!