Welcome to Deafblind UK
If you or someone you know is living with sight and hearing loss, we’re here to help. We are here every step of the way to reassure, advise or just to be someone to turn to if there is no one else. We provide practical help, emotional support, help with technology, information, advice and even holidays to anyone who needs it.
Sight and hearing loss can make everyday activities, like shopping or catching up with friends, very difficult. This can be frustrating, especially if you are used to a more independent lifestyle.
What is deafblindness?
Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where your communication, mobility and ability to access information are impacted. It affects everyone differently.
How we help
We support people who are deafblind, their families and carers with anything from to emotional support to help around the home - and everything in between!
Frequently Asked Questions
Deafblindness is sight and hearing loss that impacts your communication, mobility and ability to access information. It affects different people in different ways.
The most common cause of deafblindness is age, as we get older our sight and hearing deteriorate. Certain conditions such as Usher Syndrome also cause sight and hearing loss.
Deafblindness affects everyone in different ways. Some people might have mild sight and hearing loss whereas others can’t see or hear anything.
Deafblind UK helps people who are deafblind to live with their condition and to build their confidence and independence. We offer comfort, understanding and advice as well as practical support, residential support, care and social opportunities.
Be patient as it might take them longer to communicate with you. Ask them what they would like you to so and listen carefully to their response, don’t make assumptions about what they can or can’t do. You could also learn some basic block alphabet.
If you see someone holding a white cane with red stripes, they are deafblind meaning they have both sight and hearing impairments. You might also see an assistance dog with a red and white harness.
Open Hand Magazine
Open Hand is our free, quarterly magazine containing articles and information that are tailored specifically to people with dual sensory loss.
There are very few publications designed for this specific market and so Open Hand gives its readers valuable information that they may not otherwise have known and reminds readers about Deafblind UK’s support services.