Project SEARCH February 2015 Newsletter now available

The February 2015 edition of the Project SEARCH Newsletter is now available and can be read here: Project Search Newsletter February 2015 (PDF).

 

Project SEARCH is specifically for people who have Autism, Asperger’s syndrome or a learning difficulty, to help them get into employment. Our own Project Search is autism-specific and is based in the Graham Hills Building of the University of Strathclyde, where Siobhan Martin is our instructor and Katie Ballantyne is our Job Coach.

 

The three rotations that make up the course will last for one year from August 2014 till June 2015.

 

For more information about the progress of our interns, please see the newsletter.



Online British Sign Language Video Relay Interpreting Service Pilot Launches

Currently, the Scottish Government is funding an NHS 24 online BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot which aims to improve access to health services for people in Scotland who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.  The pilot is helping to tackle the barriers and discrimination that the Deaf community face and supports public services in meeting their legal obligations in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010 and Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

 

In recognition that the Deaf community deserves to have access to the same public services as everyone else, Ministers have agreed that the NHS 24 pilot should be extended to the rest of the public sector in Scotland and rebranded ‘contactSCOTLAND’.

 

This is a new cutting edge programme – it is the first nationally funded public sector Video Relay Interpreting Service pilot in the UK. It is a practical and innovative example of specific action being taken towards implementing Scotland’s Digital Public Services Strategy which is a key priority of Programme for Government 2014-15.

 

The Scottish Government is committed to securing the best possible future services for the Deaf community.   With this in mind, from Monday 2nd March 2015 service users will be able to contact any public service they need through the BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service.  The new extended online interpreting service will allow Deaf people throughout Scotland to use BSL to make contact (webcam/signing) with public services, such as, their Doctor, Police Scotland, Council Services, Housing, Social Work and NHS 24.  It is NOT for Emergency 999 calls.  In the event of an Emergency, service users will need to use alternative ways, for example, text or get someone to call on their behalf.

 

This new service is part of a range of communication measures for the Deaf community and does not replace, for example, the traditional face to face interpreting services which currently exist.  If you receive a call from a Deaf person using the VRS system you should treat it in the same way as you would if it was from a hearing person. The only difference is that there is an interpreter acting as an intermediary: they will tell you this when you answer the phone. You simply need to be aware that you may receive a call in this way.  You can also make a call to a Deaf person using the same system.

 

A multi-agency Implementation Group, comprising representatives from the Scottish Government, NHS 24, Police Scotland, Scottish Legal Aid Board, Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Prison Service has been established to drive forward the next stage of the pilot.  The group will monitor and evaluate progress on the extended public sector wide service and make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on its future by summer 2015.

 

More information on how the BSL Video Relay Interpreting Service will work can be found on the contactSCOTLAND website at www.contactscotland-bsl.org.  The website includes a video clip in BSL.



Perth One Stop Shop publishes March 2015 Newsletter and Activities Calendar

Autism Initiatives‘ Perth One Stop Shop has published its latest Newsletter and March Activity Calendar.

 

The newsletter features information on the latest developments at the One Stop Shop, including their upcoming sponsored cycle for World Autism Day on Thursday 2nd April, as well as details of the many drop-in sessions and activities taking place in the Perth area. You can read the newsletter as a PDF here: Perth One Stop Shop March Newsletter 2015

 

You can also see a complete calendar for all of the Perth One Stop Shop’s activities in March by clicking here: Perth One Stop Shop March 2015 Activities



Highland One Stop Shop Publishes Newsletter and March Activity Calendar

Autism Initiatives‘ Highland One Stop Shop in Inverness has published its latest Newsletter and March Activity Calendar.

 

The newsletter features information on the latest developments at the One Stop Shop as well as details of the many drop-in sessions and activities taking place in the Highlands. You can read the newsletter as a PDF here: Highland One Stop Shop March 2015 Newsletter

 

You can also see a complete calendar for all of the Highland One Stop Shop’s activities in March by clicking here: Highland One Stop Shop March 2015 Activity Calendar



Participants Required for Research into People with Asperger’s experience of Advocancy

Frank Slokan of the National Autistic Society is currently studying on a Social Psychology course delivered by the Open University in Scotland. He is currently seeking participants to assist him in his research:

 

“As part of this module, I am undertaking a piece of qualitative research around the experiences of accessing advocacy services, by individuals who have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. The main focus is to find out how useful individuals feel advocacy services to be and if there is a need for better training.

 

“Participants require to:

  • Engage in a 30 min interview, which will be recorded and transcribed by the researcher.
  • Have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome
  • Be currently accessing, or have accessed advocacy services
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be available for an interview prior to the 27th of February

Data will be anonymised and then analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Interviews will be held in the Offices of the National Autistic Society Scotland in Hope Street, Glasgow.”

 

If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact Frank Slokan on frank.slokan@nas.org.uk

 

 

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Open University Ethics Committee