Latest deafscotland publication

Covid-19 Survey Report - Summary report and data from survey

deafscotland carried out a survey on how deaf people across the four pillars of deafness managed during the first phase of lockdown. The full report is available including the data from the survey here.

deafscotland fact sheets and tool kits

Exemptions from wearing a face covering: PDF  WORD


Support messages: SMALL LARGE



How to access Zoom: PDF  WORD

Preparing for your Zoom meeting:  PDF    WORD

Good manners at meetings:  PDF  WORD

Safe and secure use of Zoom:  PDF  WORD

Making Zoom fully accessible:  PDF  WORD

Communication Support on Zoom:  PDF  WORD


Zoom for people who are Hard of Hearing: PDF  WORD

Zoom for people who are Deafened: PDF  WORD

Zoom for people who are Deafblind:  PDF WORD

Zoom for people who are BSL users: PDF  WORD


Reasonable Adjustment: Options for working with people affected by deafness PDF


How to plan reopening services safely:  WORD PDF


Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EqHRIA) for organisations on the "Road to Recovery"

Now that lockdown is easing and organisations are planning their own "road to recovery", deafscotland has put together an EqHRIM tool to help organisations check how proposals or a decision on policy, services or funding will impact on people’s rights and on the organisation’s duties. The matter being assessed may come from your organisation or affects your organisation or stakeholders. It helps you think about planned as well as unintended consequences and helps you make better, evidenced led decisions.

The Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 are separate laws so their impact on the decision under the spotlight needs to be separately considered too.  For example, human rights set minimum standards for everyone, equally, to enjoy economic, social, cultural, civil, political and environmental rights. Human rights are particularly powerful when everyone is being treated equally badly.  The purpose of the Equality Act is to better tackle disadvantage and discrimination. The benefit of bringing the two assessments together is to ensure no one is left out and left behind in key decisions.

Our new tool is available to download here: deafscotland EqHRIA worksheet

The BSL version of the EqHRIA is available here:


Covid-19 Survey - Summary Report

deafscotland carried out a survey to gather information about how people across the four pillars of deafness coped with phase one of lockdown for Covid-19. The summary report is available to download here.

BSL Project Evaluation - Report

As you will be aware, deafscotland's contribution to the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 Partnership has finished. As part of the project, we agreed to do an evaluation of the final year of the project to show what legacy our work would leave. This evaluation is now complete and the report is available here: deafscotland BSL Project Evaluation 2020

Dementia and Deafness - Report: Deafness and Dementia Research Report

deafscotland has produced a number of reports based on research and events. These reports can be downloaded here:


Data Census Report 2020: Deafness_Predicting the future for Scotland


Safety First...These are the baseline survey reports from four deafscotland projects: Self-Management, Cycling, Safety, and Mental HealthSafety First… Keeping people safe with Communication for All


First National BSL Summit Report: BSL Summit Report 2020


Connect Us Too Mental Health Summit ReportMental Health Summit Report 2020


deafscotland working with Scottish Care wrote a Care Cameo to explain deafness and the barriers people affectecd by deafness face on a daily basis. It also has solutions to overcoming those barriers. Read the report here: Care Cameo 8 Deafness