Beltane Fellow: 1 Jan 2014-30 June 2014
Graham holds a Chair of Translation. His research over the last 25 years has been in the applied linguistics of British Sign Language (BSL). It has provided an evidence base for sign language policy changes in Scotland and the UK, leading to structures and practices that facilitate inclusion, and giving BSL enhanced recognition and Deaf people – who experience widespread, chronic social disadvantage – increased equality. Progressive sign language interpreting – promoting the advancement, well-being and full citizenship of Deaf people – observes service models and professional principles propelled by this research.
During his Beltane Fellowship Graham plans to provide specialist support at the Scottish Parliament during the development and proposal of Scotland’s BSL Bill, due to be put forward in 2014. He will work with the Bill’s champion Mark Griffin MSP and has been invited to present to the Cross-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness .
In addition Graham will be hosted by and work for Scottish Council on Deafness at their headquarters in Glasgow. Here he will advise three newly appointed project officers to “work with the Scottish Government, Scottish public bodies and Deaf organisations to improve equality of opportunity for Deaf and Deafblind people.”