Projects Supported by the Scottish Government
The Scotish Government has funded several projects in the area of BSL and Linguistic Access. Below is a brief description of the projects that have been supported recently.
1. Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) (2008-11)
Project: Building Bridges
Aim: to increase the number of British Sign Language (BSL)/English interpreters in Scotland, and to support and increase the teaching of BSL, particularly at advanced levels. One of the main aspects of this three year project is developing a new work based route to interpreter training. You can find out more about the Building Bridges project and the work of SASLI on their website.
2. Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) (2008-11)
Project: Effecting Change for Deaf People in Scotland
Aim: To support the greater participation of Deaf sign language users, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people from across Scotland in shaping policy and service delivery.
3. British Deaf Association (Scotland) (2008-09)
Project: Cultural Awareness Project
Aim:Better engagement with BSL users across Scotland to reposition BSL as a language within Scotland for both deaf and hearing people, and to raise cultural awareness of the Deaf community in Scotland. A report of the outcomes of this project can be accessed at the following link: Cultural Awareness Project.
4. Deaf Connections (2007-08)
Project: Online Interpreting Pilot
Aim: A short pilot project to see if an online interpreting service could be delivered successfully and to give feedback which could be used to help shape further long-term developments in this area. An evaluation of this project has now been undertaken, and can be accessed at the following link: Online Interpreting Evaluation.
5. Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) (2007-08)
Project: To enable SASLI to continue as an organisation
Aim: To develop its role as the body for registering BSL interpreters and supporting training and continuing professional development of BSL interpreters.
6. Scottish Deaf Association (SDA) (2007)
Project: BSL Cultural Development in Scotland and Accredit and Align the British Deaf Association Qualifications on to the SCQF Framework
Aim: To promote Deaf culture throughout Scotland through their Cultural Development in Scotland Project. Funding will also accredit the British Deaf Association (BDA) three core units (BSL Awareness, Introduction to BSL and Foundation BSL) in their BSL Level 1 qualification and align them to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SQCF).
7. Deaf Connections (2007)
Project: BSL Public Information Kiosk
Aim: To establish a pilot project to provide a fully accessible information point to showcase public information video resources in BSL to people in the Deaf Community living in the West central belt. Funding would also support Deaf Connections to produce and showcase three demonstration public information productions in a fully accessible BSL format and to monitor and evaluate their effectiveness.
8. The Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) (2007)
Project: Credit Rating and Levelling CACDP Qualifications to the SCQF and CACDP Scotland Fair "Communication for All" 2007
Aim: To credit rate and level their three key qualifications in Scotland (i.e. those awards that have the highest number of candidates in Scotland) on to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and to support CACDP Scotland Fair 2007.
9. National Deaf Children Society (2007)
Project: Supporting Scottish Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children
Aim: Supporting Scottish Black and Minority Ethnic Families of Deaf Children to ensure that NDCS services are relevant to the particular needs of BME families with deaf children in Scotland.
10. Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) (2007)
Project: Furthering Access to College Education for Deaf Students: Guidelines for Best Practice
Aim: For SASLI, in partnership with the Furthering Access to College Education (FACE) for Deaf Students Group, to develop their draft electronic resource 'Furthering Access to College Education for Deaf Students: Guidelines for Best Practice' to a professional standard.
11. Scottish Course to Train Tutors of Lip-reading (2006-07)
Project: Reinstate and Develop a Scottish Course to Train Tutors of Lip-reading
Aim: To reinstate the Scottish Course to Train Tutors of Lip-reading to more effectively meet the needs of an increasingly diverse group of people with hearing loss, including people from ethnic minorities and children.