Background & vision

2018 marks 90 years since Deafblind UK was formed – and we’re going to make it a year to remember!

We have seen a lot of changes over the years but for people living with combined sight and hearing loss, it is an exciting time. We are starting to see a very definite change in public attitude; bank notes and coins are becoming more accessible, subtitles and BSL clips are increasingly used on TV and we benefit from technology that wouldn’t have been dreamed of when Deafblind UK was founded.

Our vision

Our vision is that people living with a combined sight and hearing loss have the same rights, access and opportunities as others.

Our mission

Deafblind UK is a membership organisation of and governed by, people who have both a sight and hearing loss. We champion the rights and interests of all people who have a combined sight and hearing loss and deliver quality services to give these individuals autonomy and control over their lives. Through our work we support equality, independence and choice.

Our overarching goals

  1. To work towards a more equal society by raising awareness and understanding of deafblindness by engaging with people who have a sight and hearing loss, the Government and other organisations, individuals and communities.
  2. To enable people with both a sight and hearing loss to remain in their own homes and participate in their local communities.
  3. To provide relevant, high quality Peer Support, Befriending and Information and Advice services to people with a dual sensory loss, helping them to; live independently, interact with others, understand their rights and access their entitlements.

Click here to read more about our History