- Will the BSL Bill slip down the priority order with the Scottish Parliament if Scotland becomes independent?
- Will current provision provided to Deaf people in the UK be continued in an independent Scotland? Example DSA (Disabled Students Award): ATW (Access to Work) and BBC?
- Some policy areas that affect Deaf people such as education and health have already been devolved to Scotland. How will independence affect Deaf people in a way that is meaningful to raise Deaf awareness and improve wellbeing of Deaf people?
- With recent events in Ukraine which went independent from Russia - are we stronger together or weaker?
- SNP want Scotland to become an independent state but keep the pound. It shows they could not run on their own and rely on Westminster for economy and stability.
Importance of BSL
Disabled Students Award, Access to Work and the BBC
"In 2011/12, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 38 per cent of Scottish tax revenues were spent on social protection, compared with 42 per cent for the UK as a whole" White Paper, Chapter 4 'Health, Wellbeing and Social Protection'
Deaf Swedes During the Late 20th and Early 21st CenturyMore recently, with a progressive, socialist government committed to a quality lifestyle for all its citizens, Deaf Swedes were able to enjoy a superior lifestyle (Wallin, 194, 1996). Schools for the deaf were noted for their exceptional success in the instruction of deaf children. These positive outcomes could be attributed to the bilingual philosophy that had been adopted by the Swedish deaf educational system. A key part of this program involved members of the Deaf community, who taught Swedish sign language to families with deaf children (Andersson, 1994; Mahsie, 1995).As soon as families with a deaf child were identified, they were referred to local Deaf-run organizations for support and were paired with Deaf adults who introduced them to Deaf culture’s ready-made solutions for effective living. In this sense, Deaf adults served as linguistic and cultural role models by providing sign language and cultural lessons.
By being exposed to successful Deaf adults and the readily available solutions to problems of daily living from the Deaf community, the period of grief and frustrations associated with having a deaf baby was remarkably brief for these Swedish parents. For example, with an early start in learning sign language for both parents and deaf children, communication difficulties were minimized, paving the way for a healthy family relationship right from the beginning.For Deaf adults in Sweden, government-supported interpreting services were readily available, making it possible for them to participate fully in all aspects of society, including the workforce, social and cultural arenas, and social service (Wallin, 1994). The Aspiring Polyglot
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