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Dual Sensory Loss

What is Dual Sensory Loss/ Deaf blindness?

Dual Sensory Loss is when someone loses their hearing and sight. People with a dual sensory loss are also referred to as Deafblind.

People are regarded as ‘Deafblind if their combined hearing and sight loss cause problems with mobility, communication and access to information’ (SENSE, 2002).

The group also includes people:

For older people deaf blindness may be seen as part of the aging process and people fail to acknowledge the impact that it has.

The impact of deaf blindness differs for each individual. Specialist support is needed from trained professionals who have an understanding of the impact of deaf blindness is required to meet the needs of each person.

Sense and Deafblind UK offer support to address the difficulties with accessing information, communication and mobility.


What help can I get from the Sensory Team?

They can:

  • Carry out a Specialist Deafblind Assessment in accordance with The Care Act 2014
  • Look at alternative means of communication such as a deafblind manual
  • Show you adaptive equipment
  • Provide information and advice on the range of adaptive equipment and technologies available to you
  • Show you guiding skills
  • Give you mobility training
  • Support you in maintaining independence in all aspects of daily life

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Useful contacts

For a list of organisations that provide support for dual sensory loss in Newham, click on the directory link below and enter your postcode:

Support for dual sensory loss in Newham


The Sensory Team has moved to Enabled Living who are in the process of updating these pages.

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