BSL Consultation

The Scottish Government has opened the consultation on the Draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan for the next three months until Wednesday 31 May 2017. This draft plan covers the whole of the Scottish Government and over 50 national public bodies that Scottish Ministers have responsibility for. Other public bodies, including local authorities and regional NHS boards, will publish their own BSL plans next year. This first BSL National Plan will cover the next six years to 2023. Scottish Government Consultation Website: http://bit.ly/bslnationalplan Scottish Government Consultation Facebook: http://fb.me/bslnationalplan Deaf Sector Partnership Website: www.deafsectorpartnership.net Deaf Sector Partnership Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/1470165406637765/
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SPIRE (Scottish Primary Information Resource)

NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. From May 2017, a new service called SPIRE will be introduced across Scotland, developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers learn from information held at GP practices. A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service, and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services. It is important all patients are aware of SPIRE, and their choices. To find out more visit spire.scot or call
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Police Scotland – Your View Counts

A message from Police Scotland about their public consultation survey “Your view counts” The Police Scotland public consultation survey “Your view counts” has been live since April 2016. This is the first time Police Scotland’s public consultation is digital and represents a new way us conversing with key stakeholders and communities. This new process increased access and engagement with the communities we serve. We value the views of everyone from all background whether you live or work in the community. Police Scotland will monitor responses all year round and will publish quarterly information on our website. Analysis of survey results
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Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland

Financial support for disabled people standing in the 2017 Scottish Local Authority Election The Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland has been set up to offer financial assistance to disabled people who are seeking selection or have already been selected to stand in the 2017 Scottish Local Authority Elections. The Fund is available to pay for practical support that can enable disabled people to fully participate in the process, covering “reasonable adjustments” that level the playing field between a disabled and non-disabled candidate only, not general campaign costs (see below). This project is funded by the Scottish Government. The Fund is
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Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station – Taxi Access

Edinburgh Access Panel have been working on issues around access at Waverley Station for many years. Recently they had a meeting with Miles Briggs MSP, who has launched a petition with a view to getting taxis allowed back into Waverley after they were banned from the station in 2014. The reason why this is important is that, at the moment, the journey for disabled passengers from taxi to train and from train to taxi is a severe challenge. Taxi drop-off and pick-up are in a variety of places outside the station, entailing an arduous (and sometimes hazardous) obstacle, especially for
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Scotland’s Inclusive Communication Hub

During 2015 The Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) and the Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) formed a Consortium to develop an Inclusive Communication Hub for Scotland.  The Consortium contributed with their wealth of knowledge and expertise in the development of this Hub. The Scottish Government are now supporting SDEF, SAIF and Sense Scotland to take forward the development of this Hub during 2016. The Scottish Government are now supporting SDEF, SAIF and Sense Scotland to take forward the development of this Hub during 2016. The Inclusive Communication Hub will be the first of its kind for Scotland.  This will be
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Your View Counts…

Your view counts and is valued – that’s the message behind Police Scotland’s new online public survey which takes just 15 minutes to complete and will help shape policing priorities throughout the country. The survey will allow communities to tell the police what’s important to them – and to do so at a time which is convenient to anyone taking part as it’s open all year round, around the clock. Police Scotland have listened to feedback from the public over the last year and used it to re-design and re-launch their consultation process for policing priorities. The process has evolved
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Transport Engagement Events

Accessible Travel Plan Transport Scotland are working with SDEF, disabled people, transport providers and other Disability Organisations to create a plan which seeks to tackle barriers to travel for disabled people in Scotland. These issues were themselves identified by disabled people and cover all aspects of transport from accessible taxis, trains and buses, access to information and signage, hate crime, customer services and training, to accessible toilets and non-emergency transport. Key actions to begin the work of this plan have been identified and disabled people are now being asked to give their comments on these suggested actions, how workable they
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Police Scotland: Information about stop and search

Police officers regularly stop and talk to people as part of their duties. They may simply want to speak to you about a local matter or to make sure that you are all right. There are also times when officers need to carry out a search if they believe you are hiding an item which is either illegal or harmful. Types of Search In Scotland, there are two types of search. Police officers have powers under legislation to search someone, if they have grounds to suspect that they may be concealing an illegal or harmful item.  This is known as a statutory search. A consensual search is when an officer asks for
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