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Parliament returns this week following the summer recess. Though Brexit negotiations and the autumn conference season will likely dominate the political landscape over the next few months, there are many other policy areas the Trust will continue to monitor.
We will continue to work closely with CJABIIG [Criminal Justice Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group]. At the Trust’s instigation, CJABIIG’s Chair, Lord David Ramsbotham, wrote to Justice Secretary David Lidington earlier in the summer to advise him of the high prevalence of acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system and the need to introduce screening on entry to prison. We will be following the results of this letter with interest once Parliament returns.
We will also continue to work with the newly formed ABI Alliance to ensure that people with acquired brain injury leave hospital with a rehabilitation prescription. This is set to focus on people with traumatic brain injuries in the short term but will be an important step in ensuring people receive the support they need to relearn lost skills.
As part of our work around our first ConnectAbility Hub, opening at our Shinewater Court in Eastbourne this autumn, we will be making contact with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology. The Hub offers adapted technology for disabled people to try out for free, and was made possible through fundraised money. It is the first of a series for the Trust, and we hope to work with politicians and other organisations to raise awareness of the importance of access to assistive communication technologies for people with disabilities.
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Sarah Rufrancos - Policy and Campaigns Manager