45 commitments to tackle barriers.
Actions to help improve the lives of British Sign Language (BSL) users have been published as part of ongoing work to make Scotland the best place to live, work and visit for people that use the language.
The BSL National Plan 2023-29 has made 45 commitments aimed at tackling barriers faced by BSL users by embedding the language across health, education, transport, culture and employment.
Commitments made include:
- building the right partnerships and connections to ensure deaf and deafblind children and their families can access BSL support at an early stage
- improving accessibility to arts and culture events, in addition to promoting BSL culture
- working with Transport Scotland and transport operators on solutions to make public transport easier to use for BSL users
- improving accessibility of the Scottish Government website for BSL users
The BSL National Plan Implementation Advisory Group will ensure that actions in the plan are on target to be delivered by 2029. The group, which will be made up of representatives from the BSL community, will publish an update report in 2026.