Monday, 4 November 2019

Deaf blind support: More cuts?

Ruth Lowe with her dad David
A teenager has spoken out against potential cuts to funding for the borough’s deaf and blind children, should they get the green light. Ruth Lowe, 17, has been deaf since birth but has led a happy, normal life thanks to crucial support from the NHS and Wigan Council, including the audiology department, nurses for the deaf, teaching assistants, and speech and language therapists. 

But children just like her could face difficulty getting the same help in the near future, after a Freedom of Information request revealed that Wigan Council was proposing to save “a minimum of 10 per cent” from its education budget for visual and hearing impaired services for children. 

As an article exclusively revealed in the Wigan Post last month, this would result of a deficit of around £90,000. The authority provides vital support and visits from specialist staff for 493 children across the borough. The National Deaf Children’s Society and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have said that any cut would be devastating for the children affected.

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