Deafblindness is a unique disability that affects a large and growing number of people across the UK. Defined as “a combined sight and hearing loss causing difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility” (Social Care for Deafblind Children and Adults, LAC 2009(8), Department of Health), deafblindness ranges from people with some residual sight and hearing to those with profound loss who rely on touch to communicate.
Deafblind UK knows that with the right support, deafblind people can live healthier, enjoyable and dignified lives.
We are open, accessible and relevant to all deafblind people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – irrelevant of age, gender and background – offering crucial support including guidance, understanding, emotional support and opportunities that few other agencies can supply.
Deafblind UK bridges the gap between our deafblind members and their communities, providing practical solutions and human support in order to improve independence and reduce isolation.
We develop our charitable services in a sustainable way – building good relationships with funders, voluntary and community organisations and developing trading and social enterprise activities.
We have many groups across the UK. Please contact our team to find out about the groups in your area and how to join your local Peer Support & Social Group.
Vision and mission
Deafblind UK’s vision is that people who have a combined sight and hearing loss should have the same rights, access and opportunities as others.
Deafblind UK is a membership organisation of, and governed by, people who have both a sight and hearing loss. We champion the rights and interests of all people who have a combined sight and hearing loss and deliver quality services to give these individuals autonomy and control over their lives. Through our work we support equality, independence and choice.
Our overarching goals
1) To work towards a more equal society by raising awareness and understanding of deafblindness by engaging with people who have a sight and hearing loss, the Government and other organisations, individuals and communities.
2) To enable people with both a sight and hearing loss to remain in their own homes and participate in their local communities.
3) To provide relevant, high quality Peer Support, Befriending and Information and Advice services to people with a dual sensory loss, helping them to; live independently, interact with others, understand their rights and access their entitlements.
Who to contact
Where to go
- PE7 8FD
- Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 5 years
5 to 11 years
11 to 19 years
19 to 25 years