The Scottish Parliament has committed to developing a national plan to promote British Sign Language.
Mark Griffin MSP was behind a bill, which was passed unanimously by all the political parties. The Bill will now be submitted for Royal Assent and become an Act of the Scottish Parliament.
The new Act is a huge boost for BSL in Scotland. It will mean the Scottish government must develop a plan to raise awareness of BSL and promote its use when developing services.
Other public bodies will also be expected to prepare and publish their plans to promote the use of BSL.
BSL users can already contact many public bodies in BSL thanks to the Scottish government’s Contact Scotland BSL service.
Paul Stemman, SignHealths’s Head of Policy and Campaigns said:
“SignHealth is delighted the BSL (Scotland) Bill has been passed. All those involved in pushing the Bill through should be congratulated. This could have a big impact on the lives of many Deaf people in Scotland.
“SignHealth will be watching carefully to make sure health organisations write Plans which finally deliver equal access. The challenge now will be to make sure the Plans include changes which Deaf people notice every time they use a health service. The NHS in Scotland must now engage with Deaf people and use their expertise.”