Dr. Peter Simcock, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Birmingham City University
There is little research on the psychosocial impact of deafblindness on older people and particularly limited are studies in which older deafblind people’s coping capacities are explored. Much research focuses on risks, needs and vulnerability to unfavourable outcomes, which can perpetuate negative stereotypes of deafblind people as passive and dependent. This talk shares findings from the first UK based study of vulnerability from the perspectives of older adults ageing with deafblindness undertaken by the speaker, focused on participants’ experiences of managing and coping. It will describe how older deafblind people adopt various strategies to manage the challenges they encounter and end by considering how these findings have inspired a celebratory project coordinated by the Deafblind International Acquired Deafblindness Network (ADBN).
Dr. Peter Simcock is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Birmingham City University, UK. Prior to working in social work education, he was a specialist social worker with d/Deaf and deafblind people. Peter has a long-standing practice and research interest in dual sensory loss, particularly as experienced by older people. He holds academic qualifications in law, social work and gerontology. Peter is the Chair of the Deafblind International Acquired Deafblindness Network (ADBN).