Manifesto 31

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).

  1. 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.
  2. The deafblind community should be included in all aspects of living within our society.
  3. We expect the Scottish Government, public and private sectors and the wider community to be deafblind aware.
  4. It is the right of deafblind people to have equal access to influence local and national policy and we should be full consulted throughout.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)