The ALLIANCE works with Scottish Government to ensure national direction and priorities for the delivery of the Sensory loss programme

The term ‘Sensory Loss’ can mean lots of different things. People can acquire sensory loss later in life and lose some hearing, vision or a degree of both. They can be born Deaf and may use a language such as British Sign Language (BSL). Some people may become deafened or hard of hearing in later life and develop skills in lipreading to communicate. Some people may be born with a Visual Impairment or gradually lose their sight as they age. People with acquired deafblindness may lose one or both senses in later life and some children can be born deafblind and develop communication, and a sense of the world, through touch and skilled communication partners.

The Scottish Government’s See Hear Strategy (this link will take you away from our website) aims to facilitate “the seamless provision of assessment, care and support for children and adults with one or more sensory impairments. The aim is to enable people to obtain the same access to education, employment, healthcare, social care and leisure as everyone else.”

In the See Hear Strategy communication, access to information and the ability to move around the environment are key themes. The policy aims to promote equality, autonomy and ability for people across all areas of Scotland.

Our programme works to ensure that people who have or develop sensory loss are able to understand what this means for them within their lives. The ALLIANCE can help to support and signpost people to relevant organisations, offer up-to-date information and work alongside individuals, the third sector and Scottish Government to champion the rights of people with sensory loss throughout the country.

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Challenging the barriers to inclusion for people with sensory loss

Written by: Richard Baker

Member: Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans

Published: 16/06/2021