SUITCEYES: A research project making new connections for the inclusion of people with Deafblindness

Deafblind UK are proud to be working on the Suitceyes project and are looking to recruit some of our members who’d be happy to get involved. 

People with Deafblindness

Deafblindness is the combination of both sight and hearing impairments, where the level of impairment of either sense does not allow for compensation of the other.

Communication can be a major challenge for persons with deafblindness and there are few intelligent tools to facilitate their communication and learning.

The Aims of the SUITCEYES Project

SUITCEYES aims to improve the independence and participation of persons with deafblindness in society by developing new possibilities for communication, perception of the environment, learning, and daily living.

We are doing this by developing sensors, face and object recognition, and other internet of things (IoT) technologies that can be used by people with deafblindness to capture information about their surroundings and communicate these via a haptic (touch) interface based on smart textiles.

We are interviewing people with deafblindness in five countries, carrying out policy analysis and testing prototypes to help us to better understand the needs and challenges of people with deafblindness concerning technology.

Who we are

The SUITCEYES consortium consists of five European research institutions, a partner from industry producing cutting-edge and flexible solutions for people with disabilities and a non-profit organisation that creates tactile illustrated books for visually impaired children. The areas of expertise of this group have been specifically brought together to meet the demands and objectives of this project.

The partners are:

  • University of Borås, Sweden (project coordinator)
  • Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Greece
  • Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Les Doigts Qui Rêvent, Talant, France
  • Harpo Sp. z o.o., Poznań, Poland

We are funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 780814. It was approved by the Ethics Committee at the University of Leeds on June 2818, reference No AREA17-144.

For more information about the project


Dr Raymond Holt                                                        Bryan Matthews

School of Mechanical Engineering                             Institute for Transport Studies and

Centre for Disability Studies

University of Leeds, LS2 9JT                                      University of Leeds, LS2 9JT                                       


Would you like to take part in this project?

We would like to know about your everyday experiences, activities, challenges and aspirations.

Please text: SUITCEYES + NAME + telephone + e-mail address

to:       07443 162 948                   or        e-mail:


Thank you for considering participation in this project.

We look forward to hearing from you!