See Hear Strategy Launched

See Hear Report CoverThe new See Hear strategy has set out recommendations for improving services for sensory impaired people. Those consulted stressed the importance of early diagnosis of sensory impairment, so the strategy recommends that basic sensory checks should be offered to people when they reach a certain age.
To reduce discrimination of people with sensory impairment, employers are advised to review their compliance with the 2010 Equalities Act. Other recommendations include promoting increased awareness of sensory problems in training programmes, to make sure people do not miss out on professional qualifications.
Scottish Government funding will be given to local authorities to implement the strategy through local partnership networks.
£2 million will be spread out between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Launching the new strategy, Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, said: “We’re determined that everyone with a sensory impairment should have access to the best quality health services, with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment when they need it. We’re also committed to stamping out discrimination of deaf and blind people wherever it still exists.”
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