Being deafblind affects people in many different ways. Life for some can be fulfilling and rich, for others lonely and isolated. Our members are the best people to describe what being deafblind means to them and hopefully in reading and viewing their stories; you may be able to identify why this is such a unique condition and why there are so many different ways a deafblind person may require support. Some of our members are fully independent and require no support or services; others might have a service such as a communicator guide, or volunteer visit on a regular basis. Other members like to have technology to support them in their daily lives.
There are many factors which can improve life for people who are deafblind – some of them are very ‘human’ and involve how friends and family behave and communicate; others are solution focused such as equipment and daily living aids. People who are deafblind find very different solutions to some of life’s obstacles, often finding that they need to adapt or alter the way they do things. We at Deafblind UK have often been inspired by the resilience and ingenuity of our members – where there is a will there is a way – certainly rings true!