Commission publishes BSL Plan 2018-2024

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has published its BSL Plan for 2018-2024. The Plan has been published in BSL and English

The human rights set out in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are particularly relevant to the BSL Scotland Act. The Commission is committed to realising the rights of BSL users including those who use the tactile form of the language.

The Commission recognises that BSL is a language in its own right and that BSL users, like everyone else in Scotland, have a right to engage with and access information about our work without unnecessary barriers. We recognise that many BSL users neither use nor understand English and that, for some, written or spoken English is not their first or second language.

Our BSL Plan sets out how the Commission will promote the use of BSL in its work. It includes a range of commitments, including commitments to:

  • Work with BSL users to make content on our website and other communications channels more accessible
  • Take proactive steps to identify, engage and support BSL users to take part in the Commission's public participation processes 
  • Ensure that any new information we produce about human rights and the Commission's work is available in BSL wherever possible and practicable, including our Annual Report, our policy positions and education materials we produce. We will consult with BSL users about which information should be prioritised for production in BSL

We welcome comments and feedback on our BSL Plan at any time, in any format.

The lead officer for this plan is:

Emma Hutton, Communications and Participation Manager
0131 244 4244
Twitter: @scothumanrights

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact Emma via contactSCOTLAND-BSL