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Dual Sensory Loss

What is Dual Sensory Loss/ Deafblindness?

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 deafblindness may be seen as part of the aging process and people fail to acknowledge the impact that it has

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

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


What help can I get from the Information Equipment Demonstration Area (IEDA)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
Information and Equipment Demonstration Area-more information

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Useful contacts

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

Support for dual sensory loss in Newham


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

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