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Sign Language: SASLI Awarded nearly £1.5 Million
The Scottish Government has approved a £1.5m Building Bridges funding proposal, which will significantly help to deliver a long-term strategy to improve linguistic access to services through registered British Sign Language/English interpreters.
The funding, over three years, will assist SASLI's proposed scheme, which will sustain and develop two pathways for interpreter training and registration. This will benefit the estimated 6,000 Deaf people in Scotland for whom BSL is their first or preferred language.
Helga McGilp, SASLI Director, says: "SASLI welcomes the Minister's announcement. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop bridges for both deaf and hearing partnerships, and strengthen working relationships in the field of BSL/English interpreting."
Leading the Building Bridges partnership, SASLI will begin the process of recruiting 10 apprentices. In addition to training 10 new interpreters, SASLI, working collaboratively with organisations in the field (the British Deaf Association, the Royal National Institute for Deaf people, Heriot-Watt University and interpreting agencies) will:
REHACARE.de; Source: British Deaf Association
- More about the British Deaf Association at: http://bda.org.uk