Brief Friday Evening Scottish Deaf History
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Brief Friday Evening Scottish Deaf History

A wee bit of Friday evening Scottish history!

Back in 2011 / 2012,  Mark Griffin announced that the Scottish BSL Bill was being delayed due to the Bill including things that was reserved to Westminster, and he also commented that there wouldn’t be an advisory board such as the Scottish Gaelic Act.

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However, luckily for the people who are set to be appointed on the newly created board NAG in due course, the Scottish Govt made a proposal to create a National Advisory Group – http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_EducationandCultureCommittee/BSLBill_SGstage1_Apr2015.pdf

It’s been indeed a cross-party joint effort at the end of the day.

Another wee bit of interesting fact, Sandra White, the SNP MSP who supported Mark Griffin, the Labour MSP’s Bill –http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_MembersBills/20130709_BSL_Final_list_of_supporters_for_web.pdf

It’s a little unknown fact that Sandra White asked this question of the Scottish Executive (The SNP changed it into the Scottish Govt in 2012)

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/spwrans/?id=2006-12-12.S2W-30230.h&s=British+sign+language+speaker%3A14117#gS2W-30230.q0

Imagine if that the Scottish Govt aka the SNP Govt took the same approach back in 2006, they would have never been forgiven.

All in all, other politicians were involved in the background too, and not forgetting many individuals who were involved in the journey too. It’s been a long journey, but it is not over as Nelson Mandela would say “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

Nelson Mandela

By the way, the very best of luck to everybody who applied to be in the first ever board of the Scottish BSL National Advisory group, it’s an exciting time for Scotland’s Deaf Community because it is a very good example of Scotland’s Deaf Community finally receiving devolved powers.

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