BSL National Advisory Group

The BSL National Advisory Group will empower the Scottish BSL Community, involving citizens from across Scotland and ensuring that Deaf people who use BSL are at the heart of decision making, and that their views are heard.Read more

Scotland becomes first part of UK to recognise signing for deaf as official language

Scotland becomes first part of UK to recognise signing for deaf as official language.Read more

BSL Scotland Act Facebook group now open

A new Facebook group launched about the BSL (Scotland) Act, which will be an exciting ongoing engagement with Deaf community.Read more

Congrats letter received from WFD

World Federation of the Deaf Board extend their heartfelt congratulations to BDA on the recent passing on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.Read more

Scottish Parliament Tour Update

BDA Scotland invited BSL users to attend a guided tour of the Scottish Parliament and meet with Mark Griffin MSP.Read more

British Deaf Association applauds British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

New bill means British Deaf Sign Language users could migrate to Scotland to access better services.Read more

Press Release - BSL (Scotland) Bill to become Act

A historic landmark - BSL (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by all Parties in the Scottish Parliament.Read more

BSL (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Debate

BSL (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 Debate UpdateRead more

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3

The detailed process of BSL (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3 including BSL video.Read more

Education and Culture Committee passed Stage 2 of the BSL Scotland Bill

BDA Scotland warmly congratulates the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee in passing Stage 2 BSL (Scotland) Bill with amendments this morning.Read more

BDA Scotland Submission Paper to the Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee

BDA Scotland was recently invited to make a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Education & Culture Committee on the attainment of school pupils with a sensory impairment. Here is a summary of our submission.Read more

BSL Scotland Bill Update - 30/04/2015

BSL users attended a Scottish Parliament meeting with Dr Alasdair Allan the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland¹s Languages and Hilary Third, Scottish Government for informal discussions about the BSL (Scotland) Bill.Read more


The Education and Culture Committee has today published it’s Stage 1 Report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill - click here. A video is also available of Convener Stewart Maxwell MSP reflecting on the Committee’s report findings:Read more

The BSL Bill is about our fundamental human rights

The BSL Bill is about our fundamental human rightsRead more