It is important to stress that many of the UK's 23,000 deafblind people have some remaining hearing and vision. Some, though, have nearly complete loss of both senses.
If you have a hearing and sight impairment and would like more information or support you can contact your local social services team and find out what they can offer. These are:
Bristol City Council – Telephone: 0117 922 2700
Bath and North East Somerset Council – Telephone: 01225 396000
South Gloucestershire Council – Telephone: 01454 868007
You can also contact the organisations listed below for help.
Deafblind UK is a national charity offering specialist services and human support to deafblind people and those who have progressive sight and hearing loss acquired throughout their lives. Their Information and Advice telephone line number is: 0800 132 320. Their website is www.deafblind.org.uk
SENSE provide expert advice and information as well as specialist services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. They also support people who have sensory impairments with additional disabilities. The telephone number for their Information and Advice Service is: 0845 127 0066. Their website is http://www.sense.org.uk/
VisionPLUS - Bath
VisionPLUS provide advice, information and one-to-one support to people with visual impairment, living in the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) area. Their telephone number is 01225 446555. Their website is http://www.visionplus.org.uk/