Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

07/04/06 LOCAL MP, ROSIE COOPER, CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WI

Rosie Cooper Member of Parliament for West Lancashire joined people with communication impairments to demand that Government review how communication equipment is made available for those in need.

Scope’s ‘Speak for Yourself’ campaign is warning that thousands of people with communication impairments will be denied the right to express their needs unless Government develops a joined up system that will put an end to the current post code lottery of support from local education authorities. The Communications Aids Project (CAP), which was set up four years ago with funding from DfES to ‘complement’ local authority funding, is itself ending at the end of this month.

The ‘Speak for Yourself’ campaign has the support of the RNID, RNIB, MENCAP and the CAP Centres, as well as over 120 MPs who to date have signed an Early Day Motion tabled by Roger Berry MP.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“Our ability to communicate with other people is vital in enabling us to live our day to day lives. Many of us couldn’t imagine how to cope in the world without the ability to easily communicate. However, there are many people who have to manage on a daily basis because the necessary equipment is not available to them.”

“I understand completely the barriers people with communication impairments face if they do not have the right equipment to help them communicate. I happy to support the Speak for Yourself campaign in the hope that communication equipment is given to those people who are in need and would benefit greatly. I am sure communication equipment for one person would open up a whole world of opportunities they had been cut off from.”

Abigail Lock, Parliamentary Affairs Officer at Scope, said:

“The importance of communication cannot be underestimated. CAP has made a difference to the lives of thousands of children with communication difficulties, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. We want a commitment to provide a comprehensive, joined-up service that includes adults and pre-school children. Without this Government is simply writing off people with communication impairments.” 

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