About Us
Our Vision

360 Million

People worldwide have disabling hearing loss.

32 Million

Children have disabling hearing loss.

11 Million

People in the UK live with some form of hearing loss.

2 Million

People in the UK live with sight loss.

6-8 Million?

Potential number of people in UK living with acquired deafblindness.

The future is bright.

If we all work together to identify all those older people who are struggling with acquired dual sensory loss, if we can get them on the radar, then it won’t take much and it won’t cost the earth to make their lives brighter. Support us, work with us, make that difference real.

Our Experience

We employ two of the most experienced UK practitioners, with over 40 years of sensory work experience between them.

We have developed a small but highly skilled, experienced team able to tackle the multi-morbidity profiles of our older population. These skills includes expertise and qualifications in deafblind and visual impairments; teaching and training qualified staff; community development; speech and language therapy, and human communication specialists, research and evaluation expertise.

We work with a highly experienced social policy/transitional health research team. We are uncovering an increasingly alarming situation facing older people that local authorities are just beginning to recognise.

This situation, caused by a significant lack of understanding and a gross level of under-identification of age acquired deafblindness, is contributing significantly to the crisis in care for older people.

Older people with age acquired dual sensory loss could be discharged earlier and safely and or be supported in their own homes – but only if trained carers/practitioners/families and low cost interventions are made available.

We are using all of our HiVisUK training, learning and coproduction resources and resolve to ensure the condition is widely understood and solutions are applied early, effectively and consistently.

Snippets from our Social Return On Investment (SROI) acquired dual sensory loss research project

“…almost 40% of respondents reported finding the training useful in their personal lives with family, friends or neighbours who are deafblind. This indicates added value to the training increasing the numbers of deafblind people being supported either informally or formally in a work setting.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.Our learners talking about what our training means to them.

“Much of this equipment (to support an older deafblind person) is small scale, inexpensive and practical yet deafblind people appear to have little awareness of the availability of such equipment. The training has raised awareness of carers, support staff and others, with the result that deafblind people are beginning to benefit from the use of such equipment. This finding is now being confirmed by deafblind people.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.How our training raises awareness about equipment for daily living tasks.

“…there are early indications that the knowledge/experience and changing practices (as a result of the training) not only improve services and support but could ultimately create cost savings/save money…respondents reported that their organisation had been able to save money as a result of the knowledge gained in the training.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.How our work is improving services.

“A large majority of respondents who have completed one or more of the training courses report positively as to the design, quality and content of the training. Respondents also report that the training has improved not only their knowledge and understanding but also their confidence in working with and supporting deafblind people. This increase in confidence appears to be pivotal in how they do this.”

From our SROI research interviews.
From our SROI research interviews.Learners commenting on how our courses can build a more confident workforce.

Findings show that the IGH Deafblind Support Project has created a significant social value of £5.30 for every point invested in the project. This is based on a robust evaluation process using qualitative and quantitative techniques to ensure that any assumptions and estimates used are realistic and based on information provided by the key stakeholders.

From our final Social Return on Investment report
From our final Social Return on Investment reportLearners commenting on how our courses can build a more confident workforce.