Pro­posal to­boost lan­guage of­sign

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Nicola Find­lay

A plan to help de­velop the use of British Sign Lan­guage (BSL) was given the go ahead by coun­cil­lors.

A pro­posed shared La­nark­shire draft plan went be­fore mem­bers of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Scot­land’s first BSL na­tional plan was pub­lished last Oc­to­ber and cov­ers all pub­lic bod­ies in­clud­ing coun­cils.

A coun­cil re­port said: “The shared BSL plan for La­nark­shire has been de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with North and South La­nark­shire coun­cils and NHS La­nark­shire and re­flects the long-term goals of Scot­land’s na­tional plan. It sets out the ac­tions we will take from 2018 to 2024.”

The plan aims to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ac­cess to ser­vices for peo­ple who use BSL and pro­mote the use of and un­der­stand­ing of BSL across the coun­cil’s ar­eas.

It goes on to say four lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions who rep­re­sent deaf and deaf­blind peo­ple in La­nark­shire were in­vited to work in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the health board when draw­ing up the plan.

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