Deaf-blind People (Hansard, 16 January 1997)
HC Deb 16 January 1997 vol 288 c316W
Mr. Alfred Morris

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training providers of public transport services and their employees receive in communicating and making contact with deaf-blind people. [9470]

Mr. Bowis

We do not have details of the training programmes provided by individual transport operators. Many run disability awareness training covering many issues, including the particular needs of deaf-blind people.

The Department has worked with Bus and Coach Training Ltd., the training arm of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, on a disability awareness training programme for bus drivers. It is intended that this will form part of the national vocational qualification training programme for the bus industry. The programme covers a wide range of disability issues, including those relevant to deaf-blind people.