West Lothian College Launches BSL Plan


The Scottish Government published the first British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan on 24 October 2017 which sets out the Government's vision for making a difference to the lives of D/Deaf and Deafblind BSL users across Scotland.


"The Scottish Government wants to make Scotland the best place in the world for BSL Users to live, work and visit"


West Lothian College supports this vision and sets out our own vision, goals and actions through our BSL Plan.   The plan sets out draft actions we will take in the period 2018-2020. 


The Scottish Government BSL National Plan was developed through extensive engagement with Deaf and Deafblind BSL users and those who work with them.  This local plan is framed around the same long-term goals as the national plan, where these are relevant to the work of the College.   We are confident that this plan will make a difference to the lives of D/Deaf and Deafblind BSL users accessing services at West Lothian College.


Throughout the plan, we refer to ‘BSL users'.  This covers all people whose first or preferred language is BSL, including those who receive the language in a tactile form due to sight loss.


The College recognises that BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, syntax and vocabulary.  It has its own dialects and rich variation.  It is a language which enables many of our D/Deaf and Deafblind citizens to learn, work, and live life to the full, and to make their contribution to our communities, our culture and our economy.

You can view the written version of our BSL draft plan and make any comments here, with the draft plan signed on Youtube here

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