Deafblind Service celebrates 20th anniversary
Our Deafblind Reablement Service, which supports people with a dual sensory impairment across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. As today is also the start of national Deafblind Awareness Week, it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate this exceptional service.
Coming to terms with sight and hearing problems can be tough, and dealing with the emotional and practical adjustments can be overwhelming. Our supportive, highly trained staff are there to provide vital support. They aim to teach mobility and communication skills so that people with dual sensory loss can remain as independent and active as possible within their community. They also provide specialist communication skills training for relatives and carers.
Since starting as a trial 20 years ago, the service has grown both in terms of staff and the number of people it supports. During this time the team have provided support to many people, and have helped to deliver ongoing programmes of support that are tailored to the person’s needs or wishes, enabling them to continue doing the things they want to do.
One service user, Lynda, has been supported by Deafblind Reablement since the service first started. You can read her story in full here - Meet Lynda