People with a combined sight and hearing loss have the right to live as independently as possible and to have choice and control in their lives.
Since 95% of our understanding of the world comes through what we see and hear, people who have a combined sight and hearing loss face enormous challenges. It is a distinct disability with unique needs and individual service requirements.
Sight for Surrey is one of the largest providers of specialist services, including communicator guides, for people with combined sight and hearing Impairment in the UK.
The specialist knowledge and experience that the team have in understanding the impact of this uniquely recognised disability (sometimes referred to as dual sensory loss or deafblindness) can assist to reduce the isolation, confusion, challenges with communication and mobility a person may experience. Additionally, they can provide advice and information to family and carers.
The aim of the service is to enable people with a combined sight and hearing impairment to have choice and control over their lives and, if desired, to live as independently as possible.
Anyone with a sight and hearing impairment can access this service. People do not need to be registered as having a visual impairment or hearing impairment.