Neil Findlay MSP met with staff from Bobath Scotland this 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.
Staff from Bobath Scotland are visiting the Parliament this week, raising awareness of the charity’s services and also highlighting key policy issues with MSPs.
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.
“Because of this, we have been at Parliament this week to talk about our services, and also to ask 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.”
Neil Findlay MSP, said:
“We want to see children with Cerebral Palsy who cannot speak not having to wait for assessment for the communication equipment they need.
“The delivery of that equipment, and the support they need to learn to use the equipment – needs to be delivered as soon as possible
Bobath Scotland are doing great work to raise awareness of this difficult condition and it was a pleasure to speak to them in Holyrood this week.”