Deaf Action (www.deafaction.org) (formerly known as Edinburgh and East of Scotland Deaf Society) raises awareness of the needs and rights of deaf people, challenges discrimination, and provides services to promote independence and quality of life. Its Head Office is in Edinburgh, with other offices in Livingston and Inverness. Its services include a Communication Support Unit, Social Work, Specialist Equipment Services, Training & Development, Youth & Community Development, Supported Accommodation, Outreach Service and Social & Leisure Facilities. Its website contains useful information about Communication Support, Specialist Equipment, Training, and Advice, Care & Support, in BSL as well as English; and more sources of information in English, including newsletters.
The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) – www.scod.org.uk - is the lead organisation for deaf issues in Scotland. It represents 90 organisations working with and on behalf of Deaf Sign Language users, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people. Its membership provides an effective working partnership between the Voluntary Sector, Social Work and Education Departments, NHS Trusts, Health Boards and the Government. SCoD’s website has a large amount of useful information, much of it in BSL as well as English. SCoD is an advisory partner to BSL:UPTAKE.
Deaf Connections (http://www.deafconnections.co.uk/) works with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people across the West of Scotland. It is based in Glasgow and provides a range of specialist services. Its website contains information about Deaf Connections and its services, some of it in BSL as well as English. There is a lot of other information in English, including research papers on issues such as Deaf people’s access to employment (http://www.deafconnections.co.uk/images/pdfs/accessing%20employment%20the%20challenges%20facing%20deaf%20people%20in%20glasgow.pdf) and The Mental Health Needs of Deaf Black Minority Ethnic People. (http://www.deafconnections.co.uk/images/pdfs/deaf%20bme%20mental%20health%20research.pdf)
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) (www.ndcs.org.uk) is the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. It represents the interests and campaigns for the rights of all deaf children and young people from birth until they lead independent lives. The NDCS website is the most comprehensive online source of information about deaf children and their education in the UK. Some of the introductory sections are also presented in BSL. NDCS Scotland (http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/support_in_your_area/scotland) has an office in Glasgow and a team including Family Officers, a Policy and Campaigns Officer and a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Officer.