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BSL (Scotland) Bill moves to Stage 2 of Parliamentary process

#BSL #MarkGriffinMSP #BSL2015 Encouraging, supportive and lively debate at Scottish Parliament at Debating Chamber (Education & Culture Committee) with the Bill going through to Stage 2 of the parliamentary process – enjoyable 3 hours – apart form the not so comfy seats!



BSL (Scotland) Bill update

Executive summary of the Stage 1 report on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill is now available on the Parliament’s YouTube channel


Scottish Parliament BSL video clips

fogiget-involved Another BSL video with subtitles and voice-over titled ‘Get Involved’ was created for the Scottish Parliament – this explains how the Scottish Parliament needs to know what matters to you and highlights some ways to get involved.

Also available as audio clip and PDF




pupilsSecond clip completed was for – the Parliament’s Education and Culture committee ‘Attainment of school pupils with a sensory impairment’.

The Committee is holding a short inquiry to consider how the attainment levels of school pupils with a hearing and/or a visual impairment can be improved.

BSL video and further information can be found here




Andy Irvine of COMMTACS attended SCoD’s conference ‘Connect & Collaborate’ (12th March 2015) and delivered a workshop under this theme titled:

‘Learning approaches and the positive benefits of being able to deliver services to deaf and deafblind people by understanding and overcoming real or perceived barriers.’  – content focused on Return on Investment (RoI) and Return on Expectation (RoE).

Workshop was very well attended with very positive feedback being received. The example of peeling a banana (as well as the actual eating of bananas) went down very well – Intrigued? – just ask!

Looking forward to the 2016 conference which will be under the theme of ‘Communication’.


Scottish Parliament

SP-logoFinally completed a ‘short sprint’ rather than a marathon in producing 3 BSL video clips for the Scottish Parliament in relation to the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.

This was delivered over a very tight timescale.

Videos were:

  • Summary of the report on the Financial Memorandum of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill
  • Summary of Facebook comments – BSL version
  • British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill: summary of evidence



STUC Learning & RMT

stuc union learningDeaf Awareness & communication Tactics course at Caledonian MaBrayne (CalMac) in Oban for a mixture of ferry staff ranging from ‘Skipper’ to ‘Ticketing’ roles was very well received.

Course outline: This course was aimed at staff and other front-line personnel who, in their everyday duties, come into contact with people who may be deaf or deafblind. The course provides an overview of the main communication issues that are faced by deaf people in everyday lives and focuses on communication and the social and environmental issues of deafness rather than the medical model.

calmac rmt-learning

[ap_testimonial image=”” image_shape=”round” client=”Dan Henderson” designation=”RMT Learning Scotland”] … the feedback from all of the courses we have done with you has been excellent, thanks for all the time and effort you have put in.

Deaf Action – Employment Service

breakfast-board2Looking forward to the ‘free’ Breakfast meeting with employers Fri 20 Feb at Deaf Action, Albany St, Edinburgh from 8.30am!! Please pass on to employers in the area – further information:



contactscotland1Delighted to be involved in the development of the website for contactSCOTLAND-BSL – Scotland’s new online interpreting service that allows Deaf BSL users contact public authorities direct via PC/Mac and tablets and smartphones. cropped-textlogo3a




Welcome to COMMTACS
leading providers in …

[ap_list list_type=”ap-list3″] [ap_li]Deaf Awareness & Communication Tactics – certificated and non-certificated courses available – including eLearning [AWARENESSbites] [/ap_li] [ap_li]Media services – making your information accessible in British Sign Language (BSL video clips) – web-ready or on DVD[/ap_li] [ap_li]Consultancy – providing you with over 30 years of knowledge, understanding and experience in the filed of deafness and deafblindness[/ap_li] [/ap_list]

Communication … its in your hands

Are your services ‘deaf aware’? Have a look at some basic communication tips that you may find useful – click here <<< blutick

[ap_toggle title=”What people are saying about us …” status=”close”] [ap_testimonial image=”” image_shape=”round” client=”Trainer” designation=”Participant on DAC1 Teacher Training Day”] Excellent training delivered clearly, concisely and with calm clear nature. Realy appreciated.
[/ap_testimonial] [ap_testimonial image=”” image_shape=”round” client=”Dan Henderson” designation=”RMT Learning Scotland”] … the feedback from all of the courses we have done with you has been excellent, thanks for all the time and effort you have put in.
[/ap_testimonial] [ap_testimonial image=”” image_shape=”square” client=”Dave Smyth” designation=”Directror of L&D”] Exceptional day, all our staff benefited from the Deaf Awareness training day. Thanks
[/ap_testimonial] [ap_testimonial image=”” image_shape=”square” client=”Clara Gibson” designation=”Service Manager”] After receiving training from COMMTACS we made a few minor changes to our service delivery which hopefully will make us far more accessible – it’s the small changes that can make the big differences.
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Accessible information …

accesskeyboardWe have been providing information that is accessible to Deaf people for over 10 years and have developed a specific style that is easily identifiable and makes your information accessible to the many 1,000s of people whose first or preferred language in BSL.

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