An explanation of the language used by the Scottish Sensory Hub

The Scottish Sensory Hub is committed to promoting human rights across the lifespan through using culturally responsive sensory language. This means adopting terminology which does not further discriminate against those individuals and communities who have been historically marginalised.   

Sensory language is an evolving area, and while the Hub currently uses the terms Deafness, Deafblindness and Visual Impairments, this section of the website provides resources discussing sensory language considerations for the future to ensure a human-rights based approach.  

If you have any feedback or resources on language and terminology, please get in touch with the team at

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