Draft British Sign Language (BSL) Plan

We Asked

For your views on the Comhairles draft BSL Plan 2018-2024.

You Said

Eleven individuals attend a consultation event and two further comments were received via e-mail.  It was suggested that it would be beneficial to include a definition of the abbreviation D/deaf to provide some clarity and that the plan be translated into Gaelic.

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

The plan was updated to include a definition of the abbreviation D/deaf and the term BSL users.  The plan will be submitted to the Policy and Resources Committee on 2 October 2018 for approval and published online thereafter.  The final plan with be available in English, Gaelic and BSL.

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

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  • Contact Details
  • Organisational Development Section
  • 01851 822614
  • equalities@cne-siar.gov.uk
  • Organisational Development Section
    Chief Executive’s Department
    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
    Isle of Lewis
    HS1 2BW

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The BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 requires public bodies to publish BSL plans from October 2018.   The BSL National Plan 2017-2023 was published on 24 October 2017 following extensive engagement with D/deaf and Deafblind BSL users.

The Comhairle Draft BSL Plan (630.4kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file), as required by BSL (Scotland) Act 2015, sets out draft actions the Comhairle will take over the period 2018-2024.  This draft plan is available in both written English as well as BSL.

CnES Draft British Sign Language (BSL) Plan 2018-2024

Why We Are Consulting

The Comhairle is commitment to improving access to services for those using the language, and raising awareness of BSL.

The Comhairle aims to involve BSL users and those who represent them; ensure that the consultation on the draft plan is accessible to D/deaf and Deafblind BSL users; and that the draft plan published in BSL as well as in English in both draft form, and in final form.

According to the last census in 2011 there were 36 people using BSL at home across the islands.  This provides a unique opportunity to tailor this plan to meet the specific needs of individuals.  The BSL plan will form part of the wider Sensory Strategy which is currently being developed corporately.

What Happens Next

We are now asking for your views on the draft BSL Plan. Comments received will be reviewed and the draft plan amended as appropriate. This will be reported back to the Council and implemented as part of the Comhairles corporate Sensory Strategy.

All comments and feedback on the contents of the draft plan are welcomed.  If you would like to comment on this draft plan you can do this in a number of ways as detailed below.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the address below:

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road

Comments can also be e-mailed to the address below:


Alternatively British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via:  contactSCOTLAND-BSL (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

As part of the consultation we are holding a consultation event on Tuesday 11 September 2018 between 7pm and 9pm at the Western Isles Sensory Centre, Esplanade Court, Stornoway, HS1 2XA.