Sensory impairment or disability is when a person has difficulty in seeing, hearing or even both. It can mean they cannot see things around them or that they cannot hear what people say or noises around them. People with sight loss are sometimes known as blind or partially sighted but the more modern term is sight impaired or severely sight impaired. People with hearing difficulties are often known as being deaf or hard of hearing but the more modern term is hearing impairment. Some people might have both sight and hearing impairment; this used to be known as deafblind, but is now described as multi sensory impairment (or MSI).
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If you are looking for information, advice or services relating to a child or young person with a disability you may find it helpful to look on the Hillingdon local offer within the Family Information Directory Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.
People with a sensory impairment might find some tasks difficult. Here are some examples:
People can have a sensory impairment for different reasons. Here are some examples:
Here are some things that you can do to help yourself:
Sometimes sensory impairment cannot be avoided. It is important in these situations to carry on for as long as possible with daily tasks and to remain as independent as possible. It can be surprising that a person with a positive attitude or outlook on life can remain independent for longer, even with a sensory impairment.
Some people can learn British Sign Language (BSL). This is a system which uses hand/finger movement and gestures to help people with a hearing impairment to communicate more easily. Some people with sight impairment also learn and use Braille. This is a system of raised dots that people can feel with their fingers to read or label things, like clothing or food items. People with MSI may learn and use hand to hand finger spelling to communicate with other people. Learning BSL or Braille can help people to stay independent for longer.
There are a wide range of products available to maintain your independence and keep doing the things you love. This section highlights a few of the most popular items with links to find out more and how to purchase.
Here is a list of some of the support services for people with a sensory impairment:
Last reviewed: 18/07/2018
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