A Roadmap to British Sign Language & Linguistic Access in Scotland

I have just seen this document, a report on linguistic access in Scotland.

Amongst the interesting statistics are:

– that just 18% of D/deaf people have access to the internet, compared with 53% of the general population;

– there are just 65 qualified BSL/English interpreters, compared with an estimated 200 to 300 Communication Support Workers (though this figure seems to be in need of clarification and verification); and

– of the 1,026 people taking assessments for BSL in 2006, only 11 were at level 3, and none at level 4.

It cites a report that an estimated 1,000 more interpreters are needed to be registered in the UK to bring the country in line with the European median of one interpreter per 45,000 people, itself quite a low expectation.

My own contribution to the report, notes detailing briefly my research on citizenship can be found here.

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