Community Group

Sign and be ‘Heard’

21 Garry Place
KA10 7JD





British Sign Language (BSL) is used by approximately 90,000 people in the UK. According to statistics, Action on Hearing Loss states ” There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population, more than 800,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf.” BSL does not follow English order, but has its own syntax, grammar and vocabulary.

It is a visual language with time lines and spacial placement. BSL was recognised by the British Government in March 2003. There is still a long way to go to enforce BSL as a language within our nurseries and schools.

Politicians are 100% behind this vision and SABH is excited about the future improvement of communication between Deaf and Hearing within the communities of Scotland.

Deaf users of BSL are now included in nurseries and schools. It is the aim of SABH to encourage the use of BSL and also to be part of the curriculum so that vital communication is addressed.

By having staff trained it opens employment opportunities for users of BSL. Equality and inclusion are fundamental in the workplace and in everyday life. Communication is therefore critical to enable this to be a reality.