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

The term ‘Sensory Impairment’ can mean lots of different things. People can become sensory impaired 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), or 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 impairments throughout the country.

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