For BRITE blog readers with an interest in the activities of the Scottish Parliament, the progress report of the Equal Opportunities Committee: Disability Inquiry has recently been published and can be viewed in full via the Scottish Parliament website at this link: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/equal/index.htm
BRITE gave evidence to this Committee Inquiry in 2007.
On a related topic, it may interest you to know that the BRITE Initiative has featured in 8 Parliamentary Questions and Answers since its inception in 2002! You can view every PQ&A that has ever been posed by following this link: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/pqa/index.htm
Most recently, the Minister for Schools and Skills responded to PQ S30-3770 by confirming that the report of BRITE’s mapping survey on Provision in Scotland’s Colleges for Learners with Profound and Complex Needs (to which every college responded) is being considered by Ministers but will be released for publication shortly. Here is the official summary of the relevant Parliamentary Question and Answer:
S3O-3779 – Alasdair Morgan (South of Scotland) (SNP) Thursday, June 19, 2008):
What progress has been made by its Education and Training Directorate in conjunction with the Scottish Funding Council in their mapping study of further education provision for students with profound and complex needs.
Answered by Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills (Thursday, June 19, 2008):
The Lifelong Learning Directorate of the Scottish Government commissioned the BRITE Initiative to carry out a survey of Provision in Scotland’s Colleges for Learners with Profound and Complex Needs in January 2008. The survey is now complete and the report has just been submitted to the Scottish Government. I will now consider the results of the report together with my officials and their colleagues in the Scottish Funding Council and I expect to publish the report shortly.
Here at BRITE, we’ll keep you posted on developments, and provide a URL to the report as soon as its available.