General awareness

Being blind or partially sighted means a person’s vision is significantly reduced or impaired – this may be blurriness or difficulty focusing, patches of missing vision, or reduced depth or light perception.

Deafblindness, often also referred to as ‘dual sensory loss’ or ‘dual sensory impairment’, is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where your communication, mobility and ability to access information are impacted.

Logo explaining deaf blindness with two circles one is blue, and reads hearing impairment, the other yellow and reads sight impairment in the middle of this in green it reads deafblindness

Both sight and hearing loss may be something the person is born with, or be ‘progressive’ where sight and hearing deteriorate over a period of time. They also both come on a huge spectrum, affecting individuals in different ways – however, many people are able to see and/or hear something. 


Vision impairment and deafblindness are low incidence disabilities, meaning they impact a relatively small percentage of the population.

This can mean that you may never have met someone who is blind, partially sighted or deafblind before and might be unsure what to say, or if you should offer any help or support.

To get you started, here are some top tips, common misconceptions and insights into living with a vision impairment or deafblindness.

A lesson in vision impairment

Would you like ‘A lesson in Vision impairment’?  In this blog, Elin William details some of the things she wishes more people knew about living with a sight condition.

Read the blog here


Journalist, presenter, disability activist and social media star, Lucy Edwards’ fun videos provide great insight into living with a vision impairment.

Check out her TicTock and Instagram accounts, in particular the #HowDoesABlindGirl video series to find out more!

What do we see?

Want the chance to see through the eyes of someone living with a sight condition? Our What do we see video simulates a range of conditions and their impact. Watch now!

A transcript for this video can be downloaded here

Find out more about deafblindness

Want to understand more about what it is like to be deafblind? Jack and Molly share their experiences, and key things they wish more people knew.

Check out their videos…


Deafblind Convention 2021

Deafblind UK will host the UK’s first virtual Deafblind Convention on 7th October. The event will comprise several well know international and UK based speakers who will all focus on the theme of ‘Living better with sight and hearing loss’.

The Deafblind Convention will bring together people who are living with sight and hearing loss, with those who have a professional or academic interest in the field. Speakers will talk about the latest medical research and academic thinking and will also include inspirational and motivational talks from people who are deafblind.

The event is free to join and is available to book online by clicking  here

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