The unanimous passage of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament has been welcomed by Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don.
The Bill, introduced by Labour MSP Mark Griffin and supported by the Scottish Government, will ensure the promotion of British Sign Language and will require public authorities to support its use.
Mr Don said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the passage of this Bill which will be a step forward for the promotion and development of British Sign Language in Scotland. The Bill will ensure public authorities across Scotland play their part in supporting BSL users and the development of the language.
“The Scottish Government’s commitment to British Sign Language and to deaf culture generally is clear – Ministers have supported the Bill from its introduction and have worked with the deaf and deafblind community and Mark Griffin to develop it further. If we are to build a fairer and more equal Scotland, everyone in Scotland must feel valued and have the opportunity to play a full part in public life – this Bill will help ensure this is equally true for BSL users.”