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Advocacy for people with sensory impairment
Sensory impairment is when one of your senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness) is no longer working normally. You do not need to have full loss of a sense to be sensory impaired.
Dual sensory impairment occurs when someone has difficulty seeing and hearing. When a combined sight and hearing loss causes difficulties with communication, mobility and access to information, they person is often referred to as ‘deafblind’. The combination of the two sensory impairments intensify the impact of each other, which usually means that a deafblind person will have difficulty, or find it impossible, to utilise and benefit fully from services for deaf people or services for blind people.
Our advocacy service supports people with single or dual sensory impairment to help them have their views heard about the care they receive.
Not sure what advocacy is, or how an advocate can help you? Find out more.
An advocate can support you with issues such as:
- Community care assessments and reviews.
- Understanding how community care works.
- Making a complaint to health and social care services.
- Decisions about moving into, or out of, residential care.
- Attending and being heard at meetings with professionals.
- Accessing information about your disability or condition.