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.

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Practical Support

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.

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Emotional Support

Living with sight and hearing loss can leave you feeling lots of different things. Sometimes, the physical challenges of doing…

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Help with Technology

If you have sight and hearing loss, you might find that using technology is really helpful. From shopping and reading…

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Information and advice

Whether you have lived with sight and hearing loss for a while or it is new to you, Deafblindness can…

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Holidays

We all need a break sometimes, but we know that for some, staying away from home is not that easy….

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Become a member If you are deafblind or you care for or work with someone who is, you can become…

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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!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be deafblind?

Deafblindness is sight and hearing loss that impacts your communication, mobility and ability to access information. It affects different people in different ways.

What causes deafblindness?

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.

Can deafblind people see and hear?

Deafblindness affects everyone in different ways. Some people might have mild sight and hearing loss whereas others can’t see or hear anything.

What does Deafblind UK do?

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.

How can I help someone who is deafblind?

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.

What is a red and white cane for?

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.

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Latest News

Oct 11, 2021

Deafblind UK rates Shelleven Guest House ‘Deafblind Friendly’

Shelleven Guest House in Bangor has become the first venue…

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Aug 31, 2021

Deafblind UK hosts virtual Deafblind Convention featuring world class speakers

Deafblind UK will host the UK’s first virtual Deafblind Convention…

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Aug 10, 2021

Deafblind UK launches package of services for carers

Deafblind UK has launched a new package of services for…

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