Sunday, 25 June 2017

Deaf-blind week UK

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If you happened to be deaf and blind, chances are you would need some additional support.


That is where our charity of the year, the Kent Association for the Blind, comes in. The organisation works to make the lives of those dealing with the condition.  Kay Mannering is a guide communicator manager for the charity is using Deafblind Awareness Week, which begins today, to spread the word about the condition.

"Just because a person has dual sensory loss [is deaf and blind] it does not mean they cannot achieve or have to miss out on experiences that some of us take for granted," she says. "We just need to find a way of supporting those goals and experiences that they want to achieve.

"Sometimes it may take a little more thought and planning but if we can support someone with a guide communicator to get the best from life whether it is a shopping task or a day trip to France, then we will do our best to ensure this happens."

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Kay is on the front line and sees the work her staff put in to helping people who cannot see or hear what is going on. "We just need to find a way of supporting those goals and experiences that they want to achieve" 

Some 394,000 people in the UK suffer with some degree of combined sight and hearing loss and that number is set to rise. The charity is calling for the condition to be classed as a disability in its own right.


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