Advice Line launches in Scotland and Northern Ireland



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Deaf Action have been working in partnership with deafPLUS to launch The Advice Line for Scotland and Northern Ireland The Advice Line is a free to use service for anyone who is *deaf to get advice on a range of topics from a trained advisor who is a native BSL & ISL user. We can offer general advice, provide help …

New guidance on masks in care settings


Clear Masks

Women wearing clear masks to communicate

New Scottish Government regulations on the extended use of face masks in wider community care and adult care homes came into force on Wednesday 30 September 2020. The guidance states all providers of primary and community care must wear Type IIR fluid resistant masks in the workplace, which are typically opaque. At Deaf Action, we’re concerned about the impact this …

International Day of Sign Languages



Man and woman using sign language

Happy International Day of Sign Languages! Each year, this day is celebrated on 23rd September as part of International Week of the Deaf. It celebrates the cultural diversity of sign languages used around the world, whilst increasing awareness of the issues *deaf people encounter. Sign Languages Are for Everyone! The theme for 2020 is ‘Sign Languages are for Everyone’.  The theme recognises that *deaf people have the same rights and access to information as hearing people. As part of this, the World Federation …

SQA exam and appeal information



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Information updates on the current issues surrounding the 2020 SQA exam results If you have any questions about this, contact  Transcript: Tuesday 11 August  Following on from Education Secretary John Swinney’s statement to Parliament, where it was announced all downgraded awards will be withdrawn and results re-issued based solely on teacher or lecturer judgement.  Friday 14 August 2020  Following the Deputy First Minister’s Ministerial Direction …

NHS Scotland Near Me service



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BSL information (with subtitles)   Voiceover information (with subtitles)   NHS Near Me is a new service from NHS Scotland where you can attend health and social care appointments through a private online video chat. There are currently many kinds of clinics offering Near Me appointments but not all, so make sure to check with your local health care provider …

Empowering women in politics workshops



Scottish Parliament building

We have been working on a really exciting women-led project called “Parliament Project’ which aims to empower women to become involved in politics. They are running two online (Zoom) workshops which will be BSL interpreted. You can choose to take part in both workshops or just one. The workshops are called:  How can I become a Councillor in Scotland?  How can I become …