Dual Sensory Impairment
Practical advice and information for anyone involved or
interested in deafblindness/dual sensory impairment.
Dual Sensory impairment/Deafblindness is the combined loss of
vision and hearing. Few people have a total loss of both vision and
hearing; others have some remaining use of one or both senses. Dual
Sensory impairment can also be called deafblindness. It can occur
from birth, (congenital), or later on in life (acquired) as a
result of illness, age, accident or genetic conditions. Dual
sensory impairment can often result in people feeling isolated and
The Adult Services and Health Directorate is committed to
working with sensory impaired adults over 18 years of age to
promote their independence and quality of life.
We believe that everyone, no matter what their ability, has the
right to become full and active members of their community.
Download the Dual
Sensory Impairment information (PDF 114KB) to learning more,
including advice and guidance covering:
- What is Dual Sensory Impairment
- Categories of Impairment
- Certification and registration
- What to look for
- Services Available
- Contacts and More Information
Large print version of the Dual Sensory Impairment information (PDF
Find out more
You can ask for help yourself or you may ask someone such as a
relative, friend or health professional to contact us on your
behalf. In the first instance contact should be made with the Adult
Duty Team or a Customer Services Advisor at:
Tel: 0845 607 2000
Find out more about Deafblindness on the
NHS Choices website including symptoms, causes, diagnosis and
Search the NHS Choices website for
Hearing Impairment and Deaf Support and
Visual Impairment Support services.
- Care Choices -
Information about available care options and help to identify
relevant care providers.
- Care Quality Commission - Get
free, independent reports on the quality of your local homes and
care services to help you make an informed choice.
- Carewise -
Services and activities to support your care needs and general
- Counsel and Care
- National charity working with older people, their
families and carers to get the best care and support.
Disability Living Allowance - Information from
This page was last reviewed 24 April 2013 at 14:00.
The page is next due for review 21 October 2014.