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See Hear, 15/04/14 [S]

The Scottish Government has published a strategic framework for meeting the needs of people with a sensory impairment in Scotland.

This strategic framework applies to children and adults living with sensory impairment: sensory impairment includes varying degrees of hearing loss, sight loss and loss of both of these senses and can be a recognised sensory impairment; a risk of sensory loss or hidden and untreated sensory loss.

The document offers practical advice and direction plus nine recommendations to help achieve the following aims:

1.1. The seamless provision of assessment, care and support to children and adults with a sensory impairment.

1.2. Children and adults with a sensory impairment should expect the same access to education, employment, healthcare, social care and leisure as everyone else.

1.3. People who have or develop a sensory loss understand what this loss will mean for them.

1.4. People who have or develop a sensory loss are able to access information and be supported to take the maximum possible control over living as independently as possible, while also getting direct assistance when needed: appropriate communication is critical to this.

1.5. Children and young people with a sensory impairment should expect appropriate and timely intervention in the early years and for as long as is required.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

See Hear

Scottish Government news release