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NEW ROAD SAFETY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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The independence and safe mobility of children and adults with special needs will be boosted by a new road safety p...
The independence and safe mobility of children and adults with special needs will be boosted by a new road safety pack for those teaching this vulnerable group, Scottish roads and transport minister James Douglas-Hamilton said today.

Lord James was welcoming the publication of the road safety pack, 'Paving The Way', produced by the Scottish Road Safety Campaign (SRSC), launched today.

He said: 'This pack is an excellent new resource for those teaching children and adults with special needs. It aims to increase each student's understanding of the road environment and to encourage the independent and safe mobility of those students for whom it is possible.

'It was developed by the SRSC with assistance by educational officers, carers, a clinical psychologist and road safety officers in Scotland.

'The pack has been produced in response to concern at the lack of suitable road safety material for a large group of individuals, children and adults alike, with learning disabilities, many of whom are living independently within the community for the first time.

'I am sure that teachers and students alike will find this pack very helpful in integrating those with learning difficulties fully into the community.'

- Copies of the pack, 'Paving the Way' and further details of the initiative can be obtained from Diane Sudlow, SRSC, on 0131-444 2230.

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