I'm deafblind, what help is there for me?
There is a lot of help for you if you have both hearing loss and sight loss. As a first step, it is worthwhile contacting your local social services department as they should have a team that specialises in helping people with sight loss or hearing loss – or both (often called dual-sensory loss). This specialist team is usually called the Sensory Impairment Team. They can assess your needs and see what help they can give you to remain independent, get out and about, access information, communicate with other people and carry out the usual tasks around the home.
Our friendly advisers at RNIB can help you with advice and information, as well as specialist products to help you in the home. Call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 to speak to an adviser.
There are also organisations that specialise in supporting deafblind people, such as Sense and Deafblind UK. They provide a range of advice and services, and organise groups across the UK where you can meet with other deafblind people to share experiences, information and have some fun.
Find out more about dual sensory loss.