We have produced a number of videos on cyber-crime, disability hate crime and domestic abuse. These videos are fully accessible.

Videos with information for adults:

General scams  – 

Child protection – 

Romance fraud – 

I Am Me Police Scotland – 

Keep Safe initiative from I Am Me – 

Domestic Abuse  –

Video with information for young people

Cyber Crime – 

Making Virtual Assistants Accessible

The current UK-wide COVID-19 pandemic has brought the impact and understanding of the social isolation that deaf people feel on a daily basis into the mainstream and raised awareness of the distressing effects isolation can have. Many vulnerable people have had to shield during the lockdown, cutting them off from friends and family.  Care home visits have been restricted which has resulted in an anxious time for relatives and residents unable to see their loved ones. In response to this we have seen a recent increase in the use of virtual communication technology which is allowing people to stay connected in these difficult times.

Virtual Assistants are being used more regularly to bridge the communication gap and provide reassurance. deafscotland has produced a set of four accessible factsheets with information and tips on how to get started using virtual communication technology.

We hope the information is useful and would welcome any feedback, suggestions or thoughts from your personal experience that can be added.  We want to make sure the factsheets are as helpful as possible and remain current, as this technology it continues to advance and improve.

VA1: Overview of Virtual Assistant Devices  WORD  PDF

VA2: How to Use the Amazon Echo  WORD PDF

VA3: Using Ring Doorbell    WORD PDF

VA4: Safe and Secure Use of Virtual Assistants  WORD PDF