Currently within Scotland there is no consensus on a clinical definition of deafblindness. In the absence of this Deafblind Scotland uses:
“Persons are regarded as deafblind if they have a severe degree of combined visual and auditory impairment resulting in problems of communication, information and mobility” Breaking Through Report (1988).
- It is the right of deafblind people to be recognised as a unique community and we should be included in all aspects of society.
- We expect the Scottish Government, public and private sectors, and the wider community to be deafblind aware.
- It is the right of deafblind people to have equal access to influence local and national policy and we should be fully consulted throughout.
- It is our right to have access to communication information, travel and equipment that is fully accessible and is financially inclusive.
- It is every deafblind person’s right to accessible support across multiple services in particular during diagnosis, transitions and major life events.
updated 16 Sept 2021