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Campaigners push for formal definition of deafblindness


They say it is a distinct disability

Campaigners are working with a cross-party group on deafness to create support a formal definition of deafblindness in Scotland.

They are pushing for a definition to include the wording: “Deafblindness is a combined vision and hearing impairment of such severity that it is hard for the impaired senses to compensate for each other.

“Thus, deafblindness is a distinct disability.

“To varying degrees, deafblindness limits activities and restricts full participation in society. It affects social life, communication, access to information, orientation, and the ability to move around freely and safely.

“To help compensate for the combined vision and hearing impairment, especially the tactile sense becomes important.”

Current research estimates more than 30,000 people live with the condition in Scotland, and this number is set to rise in line with an aging population.

Charity DeafBlind Scotland says adopting this definition will enable Scotland to uphold and enshrine the human rights of people living with a dual sensory loss now and in the future.

It states: “People living with deafblindness possess inherent human rights. They have the right to live, learn, work, and engage in social activities in an environment that respects their unique needs and promotes their autonomy.”

Those who woant to back the campaign should contact with your name, designation and the organisation you support (if this applies).

They will then add you name to the signatory list.



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