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Member's debate: Deaf Awareness Week

SNP MSP Bill Kidd led a debate to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week 2010, having been inspired by his constituent Julie McElroy.

Ms McElroy, in conjunction with the Hearing Company, recently launched an exclusive corporate DVD to raise awareness and understanding of issues surrounding deafness.

Mr Kidd said there was approximately 3500 deaf children in Scotland and 90% of them were born to hearing parents who had little or no prior experience of deafness and required support, during members' business on 24 June 2010.

He also said the majority of deaf children were educated in mainstream schools where they required additional support.

Labour MSP Cathie Craigie said she was going to put her British Sign Language (BSL) Bill out to consultation shortly and hoped the bill would establish BSL as one of Scotland's official languages which could be studied in school.

Communities Minister Alex Neil said the government was delivering on commitments to promote independent living and was committed to promoting equality and inclusion for all disabled people.

Mr Neil ended by saying the government wanted to ensure that those who were deaf should have exactly the same opportunities as others to maximise their potential.

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