Women with Cerebral Palsy Alleged Assault by a Care Worker

Two women with cerebral palsy alleged that they were assaulted by one of their care workers.

The intermediaries assessed the women’s communication skills and assisted them when they were interviewed by the police. One witness communicated using an electronic aid with symbols and pictures. The intermediary added icons for the options ‘I don’t know’, ‘I don’t understand’ and ‘not true’.

The other witness could answer only ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions using eye movements. The intermediary helped to identify and document her responses. The questioning had to be carried out slowly with a great deal of planning.