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 in their own right and to be supported to lead a rich life to the fullest.
- The deafblind community should be included in all aspects of living within our 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 full consulted throughout.
- It is our right to have access to information and equipment that is accessible. Across Scotland public and private sectors should follow a standard for accessibility, providing alternative print formats and equal access to digital equipment that is also financially accessible.
- It is every deafblind person’s right to have access to medical services that are accessible, fit for purpose and joined up across services (i.e. audiology, ophthalmology, social work, third sector organisations)