British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan consultation

Consultation seeking views on improving public services for BSL users.

Annex C: Glossary Of Terms

Policy, programmes and services

1+2 language learning policy Scottish Government policy which enables children to learn two languages in addition to the language used at home.

contactSCOTLAND- BSLis the service which the Scottish Government has established to connect deaf BSL users throughout Scotland through a video relay service ( VRS) with all of Scotland's public authorities and voluntary organisations (Third Sector). This service is contracted out to a provider.

Department for Work and Pensions' Access to Work ( ATW) An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition. This is offered by the UK Government.

Family Information Service website

Going Further: Scotland's Accessible Travel Framework

This is the Scottish Government's plan for transport services, this was coproduced with disabled people, including BSL users.

General Teaching Council for Scotland ( GTCS) this organisation promotes, supports and develops the professional learning of teachers

Historical Environment Scotland is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment.

Play in the Scottish Government's Play Strategy for Scotland the definition for Play tells us that "key characteristics of play are fun, uncertainty, challenge, flexibility and non-productivity. Play can happen indoors or outdoors, with or without the oversight of adults, in everyday spaces, in environments designed for play and I places chosen by children and young people."

Self-directed Support this is a service for people who use social care services and health and social care professionals, more information can be found here:

Scottish Funding Council is the non-departmental public body charged with funding Scotland's further and higher education institutions.

Scottish Qualifications Authority ( SQA) has two main functions: accreditation, and awarding qualifications

sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. We see a Scotland where sport is a way of life, where sport is at the heart of society, making a positive impact on people and communities.

The Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland has been set up to offer financial assistance to disabled people who are seeking selection or have already been selected to stand in the 2017 Scottish Local Authority Elections.


The Arts examples of the arts are literature, performing arts and theatre, music, dance and photography.

deaf this word is used to refer to people who are unable to hear

Deaf this word is used to refer to people who identify as being part of a linguistic and cultural minority who use British Sign Language

Deafblind this is the term used to refer to people who are both Deaf and have sight loss

BSL users this covers all people whose first or preferred language is BSL, including those who receive the language in a tactile form due to sight loss

Long-term goals these goals represent our collective dream for BSL in Scotland and will take more than the lifetime of this BSL National Plan.

Justice System The justice system is the terminology commonly used to encompass the civil, criminal and juvenile systems- and organisation's include: Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish Prison Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, and Scotland Children's Reporter Administration.


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