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The right to an assessment

For years, Deafblind UK and other charities have campaigned for the rights of people with dual sensory loss. This has now been acknowledged in specific legislation (The Care Act 2014) but do enough people know about this? We wanted to discover whether people with sight and hearing loss know that they are entitled to a … Read more

The accessible listening slider

Personalised listening

The BBC is trialing an exciting new feature called “accessible and enhanced audio” (A&E) which allows audiences to change the audio mix of a TV programme to suit their individual needs. Click here to watch an episode of Casualty and put it to the test! Deafblind UK Trustee Roger said: “Our hearing is very personal … Read more

Mick (right) with his wife Chris (left)

Wing it with Mick!

We’ve had the pleasure of working with and writing about many of our inspirational members. However, few are as awe-inspiring as Mick, a passionate fundraiser and daredevil! Essex-based Mick began to lose his peripheral vision at the age of 25. He was referred to Moorfields Hospital in London, where he was diagnosed with optic nerve … Read more

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Accessibility at music festivals

With a whole summer of festivals lined up for us, organisers are doing their bit to make sure each event is as inclusive as possible. This summer, make sure you know what is available to you at festivals with our accessibility guide. Free access Personal assistants can generally apply for an extra ticket to attend … Read more

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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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