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Engagement with BSL users needed to deliver improvements, 29/04/15 [S]

New measures to promote and raise awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) came a step closer today.

But improvement will require a commitment from public bodies to consult with BSL users, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee’s report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill, introduced by Mark Griffin MSP, requires the Scottish Government and public bodies to publish plans setting out how they will take action on BSL.

Committee Convener, Stewart Maxwell MSP, said: 

“The Bill is clearly to be welcomed. It is an important stepping stone for BSL provision throughout Scotland and, we hope, will help to tackle what some witnesses described as a “postcode lottery service.” 

“It is hoped the Bill will lead to better outcomes for BSL users which is why our report makes clear the need for effective consultation and engagement with BSL users. Our consideration of the Bill involved intensive discussions with the Deaf community and BSL users, including our highly successful Facebook page which now has over 2,000 members. There is clearly a very strong appetite among BSL users to have their say in improving public services."  

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

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Engagement with BSL users needed to deliver improvements