Deafblind Scotland Autumn 2016 E-Newsletter
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drawing of the new centre
Field of Dreams building work now underway!
th August 2016 was a historic day for deafblind people all across Scotland when the first spadeful of earth  was cut for our new Learning and Development Centre on the “Field of Dreams” site at Initiative Road, Lenzie.  On a beautiful sunny day Deafblind Scotland Directors and staff were joined by local councillors, as well as Rona Mackay MSP and John Nicolson MP to help celebrate the moment.
Enjoy a Glitzy Glamorous Glasgow Evening at the "Field of Dreams" Dinner Dance, 29th October, Millenium Hotel, Glasgow. Meal at 7.15pm then music and dancing.
Tickets are now availalbe for £40 from
Deadline to book your place on the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil is Friday 30th September.
Scroll down to find out how to book...
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Deafblind National Advisory Group
It is 1 year since the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 was passed in the Scottish Parliament. It was an historic day for people whose first language is BSL. Deafblind people whose first language is BSL, were encouraged because the term “tactile” BSL was incorporated into the Act which will mean that deafblind BSL users’ tactile language needs have a legal support within the legislation.

So what has been happening since September 2015? Indeed there have been considerable developments including the setting up of the National Advisory Group (NAG) which will draw up the first ever BSL National Plan. It is anticipated that this will be published in October of 2017. The NAG is currently looking at  the 10 “Long term Aims and Ambitions” of the BSL National Plan. This will include areas such as: Education, Health and Social Care, Access to Transport and Culture and Leisure.

To gather the views of deaf and deafblind people throughout Scotland who use BSL, “feeder NAGs” such as the DeafblindNAG, were consulted. During this consultation some of the most important things for deafblind people who use BSL was for society to understand the communication needs of deafblind people, to increase recognition of Tactile BSL and widen the availability of BSL support to deafblind people who require Tactile BSL.

The next NAG meeting on November 1st will get down to the task of prioritising the 10 Aims and Ambitions of the BSL National Plan. The first Draft Consultation Plan will be out sometime in January 2017. Deafblind Scotland is delighted to be supporting deafblind BSL users throughout this process, and we welcome more deafblind BSL users to become involved in what will be a momentous time of change for them.
GOOD NEWS! The Deafblind Scotland Welfare Rights Project will be continuing.

Over the last 2 years Connect to Welfare Rights has successfully applied for varied benefits for both deafblind and visually impaired people including PIP, ESA and Attendance Allowance and has seen financial gains of around £520,000 for the people we have helped. During this time of welfare reform and financial hardship we have assisted about 120 sensory impaired people to claim benefits that they were previously unaware they were entitled to.

Since the project began, in August 2014, we have assisted around 400 deafblind and visually impaired adults to resolve issues on a range of topics, including benefits, housing, travel, utility companies, consumer problems and their local authorities, which they previously had difficulty accessing.

In June this year the project was given a Spirit of the Community Award by Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank along with a cheque for £5000 towards continued funding.

The major change in benefits at the moment, for our membership, is the transition from DLA to PIP for under 65 age group.

Please contact Helen Campbell on 0141 777 5831 or with any queries or referrals.
Deafblind Scotland News
Deafblind Scotland is delighted to be nominated for 3 awards at the upcoming Charity Champion Awards.

We have been shortlisted in 3 categories:
Disability Charity of the Year
Health Charity of the Year
Communities Charity of the Year

We look forward to the awards being announced in October 2016.
Training Courses

We provide customised training to meet your needs.
Training can take place at your business location, an alternative site of your choice or at our accredited Training Centre in Lenzie.

Training is delivered by our resident Training Officer, Stephen Joyce, who is himself deafblind, and deafblind facilitators. Email Stephen for more information.

Courses available include:

  • An Awareness of Deafblindness
  • Deafblind Awareness in a Care Home Setting
  • Hands-on Signing with Deafblind People
Deafblind Scotland Health Needs Assessment Survey

We are collecting information to build up an accurate account of deafblind people's experiences, to be fed back into services. More information here.

Social Security in Scotland The paper "A new future for social security in Scotland" was published in March this year and the Scottish Government are now consulting to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016. Click here to take part. Closes 28 Oct 2016.
Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) is interested in hearing from Deafblind people who have had a civil legal problem in the past 4 years and have tried to get help from a solicitor. Email us to register your interest.

NHS Lanarkshire is currently consulting on its Healthcare Strategy, Achieving Excellence. The formal consultation period runs until 1 November 2016. Copies of the full, summary and easy read versions of the consultation documents are available here. Closes 1st Nov 2016
Read about Michael's year of fundraising for Deafblind Scotland in the  Outdoor Enthusiast magazine here.

Improving Hearing Loss Among Older People
Hearing Times Reports - "New research in Canada found parts of the brain responsible for speech compensate for declines in the function of the peripheral and central auditory system, suggesting better methods can be designed for improving hearing loss among older people." Full article here
Robot Assisted Eye Operation
Watch BBC News world's first robot-assisted eye operation at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital here.
Senior Community Champion Award Finalists

Can you help us raise the final funds needed for our "Field of Dreams" building project.
Email to book your place and start raising money.

Its back!
Dining in Darkness in Deafening Silence McPhabbs

Tantalize your taste buds with McPhabb’s delicious, specially created three course menu on Thursday, 27 October 2016 for 7pm.
The menu has been selected to heighten your other senses, enjoy the aroma, delicious taste and texture.
Quench your thirst at the lighted bar before you dine in the dark in a silent room.
This dining experience will give you a real feel of a deafblind person’s dining experience.

To book call 0141 777 7774 or email

Deafblind Scotland aims to help people in Scotland live as rightful members of their own communities. Membership is free to anyone who has a severe degree of combined visual and auditory impairment resulting in problems with communication, information and mobility. To refer a person call 0141 777 6111 or email

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