Senior Adult Woman With Elderly Father Talking at Breakfast

Identifying sight and hearing loss

Thousands of people in the UK are living with sight and hearing loss, but how can you tell whether you, or someone you know, is one of them? Early signs of sight loss include: Difficulty reading books and newspapers or watching TV Difficulty recognising people, particularly in unexpected situations Often thinking that you need new … 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

Three people sitting down at a music festival with their backs to the camera

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

Two people watching TV on a sofa

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