Kenneth Gibson MSP met with staff from Bobath Scotland last week to discuss recent legislation that now entitles people in Scotland to communication equipment and the support to use it.
Around 1 in 4 people with Cerebral Palsy are unable to talk or have difficulty speaking, and need to use computers, tablets or other equipment to enable them to communicate.
Stephanie Fraser, Chief Executive at Bobath Scotland, said:
“Bobath Scotland is the national charity that provides therapy and support to children and adults across the country who are living with Cerebral Palsy. We are urging MSPs to ensure that forthcoming guidance on people’s entitlement to communication equipment and support is sufficiently detailed so that it really will lead to guaranteed and timely provision for all.”
Added Kenneth Gibson MSP:
“Legislation has recently come into force that entitles people in Scotland to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) equipment, and the support required to use it. The legislation was passed as part of the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 and commenced on 19 March 2018.
“It is important that children with Cerebral Palsy who cannot speak don’t have to wait for assessment for communication equipment, delivery of that equipment, and support to learn to use the equipment, so they can communicate to the best of their ability as soon as possible.”
Bobath Scotland was established in 1995. Bobath Scotland directly supports over 125 people with cerebral palsy and their families each year by;
Helping the wider cerebral palsy community by providing information and support, enabling connections to be made between our service users, families, carers, professionals and services, and working with local and national decision makers to improve services.
Bobath Scotland manages the Cerebral Palsy Scotland website at:
This is a knowledge bank containing details on useful services in Scotland, equipment, therapy, and advice for parents, carers and for anyone living with cerebral palsy at any stage of their lives.