Dilwyn and Gaby’s story

Dilwyn, 88, lives alone in a semi-detached house in one of the outlying villages of Wrexham. He began losing his eyesight 19 years ago and is now completely blind. Realising he was becoming cut off from his community, Dilwyn contacted Social Services for help for his loneliness. He says, “The biggest challenge is being on … Read more

Raji

Raji takes on tandem skydive for Deafblind Awareness Week

Rajeswari (Raji) and her daughter Chandrika, both from Enfield, London, will be parachute jumping out of a plane during Deafblind Awareness Week! Raji has Usher Syndrome and was born Deaf. She now has very little vision and uses tactile British Sign Language – using her hands to feel the signs – to communicate. “I rely … Read more

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Changes to TV license concessions

Free TV licences were first introduced in 2000 for license holders over 75, at the same time as half-price licences for the visually impaired. It was announced this week that from June 2020, license holders over the age of 75 who do not receive Pension Credit will need to pay for a license. However we have been told that … Read more

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Understanding the Accessible Information Standard

Understanding your healthcare and rights can be difficult. Keeping on top of appointments, prescriptions, medical letters and much more may be overwhelming, which is why the Accessible Information Standard (AIS) was introduced. What is the Accessible Information Standard? The government first introduced AIS in August 2016. Its aims are to ensure that those with sensory … Read more

Events

Low Vision and Hearing Loss Day 28th June 10.30am – 3.30pm Deafblind UK, Cygnet Road, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8FD A free event for anyone who is affected by sight loss, hearing loss or both!  

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Five minutes with home befriender, Hajra

What does your role as a befriender involve? I visit a lady who is deafblind and I read her books, usually about famous people, we read about where they have been and what they have achieved. We both like to watch Saturday Kitchen and learn about the places that chef Rick Stein visits, and the … Read more