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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16414: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available to the parents, grandparents and carers of deaf children to learn BSL.

Answered by: Maree Todd 17 May 2018

Our British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan sets out our long-term goal that families with a Deaf child will be offered the information and support they need at the right time, including access to BSL.

We want to ensure that parents, grandparents and carers are able to learn BSL, so that they can communicate effectively with their D/deaf or Deafblind child in the crucial early years, and we are working with partners to explore how this can be provided on a consistent and sustainable basis across the country.

We are also supporting the National Deaf Children’s Society which delivers free events and courses including Family Sign Language, and we are working with the British Deaf Association to test out a new approach to supporting older D/deaf and Deafblind children and young people, and their families to learn BSL.