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Diversity and Definitions

Image: Diversity and Definitions

The terminology “Deafblindness” is wide ranging and comprises a broad spectrum of characteristics, impairments and impacts. The use of categories of deafblindness is useful in identification and diagnosis, and act as guidelines in support and provision of care.

However, it is important to be aware that the use of categories and terminologies can also be limiting.


Image: Demographics

A decade ago, estimations of the deafblind population were 24,000. This figure does not include the older age related deafblind population.

Due to inherent difficulties in identification and lack of awareness, it is estimated that there are currently 356,000 deafblind people in the UK,  222,000 of those people are aged over 70 (62%), 113,000 are adults (aged 20-69) and 21,000 are children (Sense, 2012)

Deafblind Guidance

Image: Deafblind GuidanceThe guidance to local authorities is issued under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 and is called Social Care for Deafblind Children and Adults LAC (2001).

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