Sensory Disabilities Support for Employment and Life

There is a lot of support in employment for those who are deaf or have hearing issues or have sight issues or are blind. This is covered by the Equality Act (2010) where employers must make Reasonable Adjustments and cannot discriminate. This for example could mean flexible start times, allowing assistance dogs, home working at times or having BSL support in all meetings, enlarged texted documents if you have sight issues. Fuhrer there is Government DWP Access to Work funding that can pay for BSL Interpreters at work, a communications worker, a support workers like note takers, Specialist software like Zoom or specialist equipment like hearing loop systems and text phones.

There is also support for daily life, living independently, lots of technology support and leisure support, in fact support for all aspects of adult life.     

You may find the following links helpful:     

Employment/Life and sight/blindness information from RNIB https://www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living/work-and-employment

RNIB explain the Government Access to work grant and the type of support in the workplace you can get if you have a visual impairment like specialist computer equipment

https://www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-work-and-employment-practical-support/access-work-scheme 

Specialist Employment Support is a government employment scheme for those who have more needs than can be met by Access to work they provide specialist support following a work capacity assessment https://www.gov.uk/specialist-employability-support

National Deaf Children’s society topics covering money management, technology, benefits, health, work, communication support, education, Gap Years, volunteering, training, university and more see www.ndcs.org.uk  

Deaf Unity has lots of informative articles, personal accounts, interviews and interesting projects. There is the Deaf Learners project helping those who are deaf through further and higher education, a Deaf Careers section that includes jobs, a Role Models project where they look for people to volunteer as role models to the young deaf learners project https://deafunity.org/.   

Buzz website for deaf young people covering many life issues WWW.BUZZ.org.uk   

Sign Live gives you access to a sign language interpreter 24/7 so you can talk to anyone via the app/website useful at work on day to day https://signlive.co.uk/

Bucks Vision for sight loss https://www.bucksvision.co.uk/our-services/practical-courses/living-with-sight-loss

VICTA for young people who are blind or partially sighted based in Milton Keynes https://www.victa.org.uk

Action for Hearing loss Bucks Sensory Support services https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/how-we-help/support-and-care/sensory-services/sensory-service-buckinghamshire/ Helps withinformation and guidance to help you overcome challenges offering equipment on loan to help you stay safe and independent, daily living and mobility help  

Action for Hearing Loss National Charity Access to Work Grant Details https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/live-well/benefits-and-grants/access-to-work/

NRCPD The registrar of communication professionals in the UK for those who are deaf or deaf and blind http://www.nrcpd.org.uk/

    Clarion Deaf employment support services http://www.clarion-uk.com/employment-support-for-deaf-people

    MK Deaf Zone http://mkdeafzone.org.uk Lots of deaf social and sports clubs

    Access Cards a simple and way to show people your accessibility, disability needs http://www.accesscard.org.uk

    Young Deaf Activities Bucks https://yda.org.uk

    Institute of British sign language  http://ibsl.org.uk/

    Association of British Sign Language Interpreters  http://www.asli.org.uk/

    British Sign Language Dictionary  http://www.british-sign.co.uk/british-sign-language/dictionary/

    Access to Work Grant to help you overcome disability at work video using sign language https://youtu.be/XtRMFxA-RVw

    Sign Language discussion forum provides lots of help with learning and practicing signing http://www.signlanguageforum.com/bsl/

    The RNIB offer technology grants so you can get needed technology to be more independent if you are registered blind https://www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-benefits-and-concessions-grants/grants-rnib

    Synapptic provide easy to use technology, tablets and phones for those with sight loss  http://www.synapptic.com/

    BWBF 

    Adapted radios for those who are blind http://www.bwbfdirect.co.uk/

    RNIB and technology help https://www.rnib.org.uk/practical-help/technology-hub

    RNIB Practical help to be independent with sight loss covering shopping, leisure, work, technology, young people (they have a careers magazine called Moving On for young people with sight issues and practical tips on the website covering topics like leaving home and cooking), benefits, technology and more https://www.rnib.org.uk/practical-help

    Optimal Vision Visual impairment equipment for everyday living http://www.optimalowvision.co.uk/about.cfm

    Optelec Visual Impairment equipment specialist in magnification products http://uk.optelec.com 

    Macular Societylist UK second hand low vision items for sale 

    https://www.macularsociety.org/Shop/Secondhand-items-for-sale

    https://www.macularsociety.org/Shop/Secondhand-items-for-sale

    Sight Village is a UK exhibition for those who have experienced sight loss to find the latest products and services http://www.qac.ac.uk/exhibitions/sight-village-faq/367.htm#.XUVKMMrTWhA 

    Dolphin Computers offers computer equipment for visually impaired persons http://yourdolphin.com/en-gb 

    Sight and Sound Visual Impairment equipment http://www.sightandsound.co.uk/blog/how-jaws-and-sight-and-sound-made-the-difference-to-me/

    Independent Vision for buying or renting visual impairment equipment http://www.independentvision.org.uk

    Bierley A membership club for borrowing electric magnifiers for those with a sight impairment http://www.bierley.com/bvc

    WESC A day and residential specialist provision for young people with sight loss and additional needs up to 25 years old, offers a specialist curriculum https://www.wescfoundation.ac.uk/

    Stagetext  provide theaters and arts venues with captions of their performances that appear on small screens http://www.stagetext.org/

    Vocal Eyes provide audio description to museums, galleries, theatre and heritage for those that have sight problems  http://vocaleyes.co.uk/

    Your Local Cinema subtitled local cinema listings http://yourlocalcinema.com/ 

    Macular Society Supports those with Macular Degeneration such as offering counselling services, treatment buddies, skills for seeing training, support groups, information like on treatment  https://www.macularsociety.org/

    Attitude is Everything Deaf and Disabled Access to life music http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/

    Hearing Link Charity apps for hearing loss https://www.hearinglink.org/living/loops-equipment/useful-apps-for-hearing-loss/

    Hearing Link Charity Next Generation Hearing Service so text phone users can contact hearing people https://www.hearinglink.org/living/loops-equipment/next-generation-text-service-ngts/

    Hearing Links Charity Equipment and hearing loops https://www.hearinglink.org/living/loops-equipment/

    Hearing Links Charity Hearing Loss and Safety https://www.hearinglink.org/living/out-about/hearing-loss-safety/

    Hearing dogs for Deaf people http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk

    Guide dogs http://www.guidedogs.org.uk

    Assistance Dogs UK is an umbrella assistance dog’s charity covering many assistance dogs charities including Guide Dogs, Hearing dogs and dogs for good. Often dogs can be trained to help a person with a disability be more independent and this is often also the case with physical disability and also Autism see www.assistancedogs.org.uk

    Afasic supports young people who have difficulties with listening, talking and understanding others. The site has a huge section on post 16 support covering all levels of education, social services, housing, friendships and relationships, safety, leisure, transport driving and more. There are lots of videos and insights into personal experiences and experiences of living with a hidden disability, there is also a helpline support https://www.afasic.org.uk/resources/free-downloads/supporting-young-people

    Blazie an assisted technology centre for blind and partially sighted people in Milton Keynes http://www.blazie.co.uk

    Blind in Business http://www.blindinbusiness.org.uk/ offers employment and training support for those who are blind or partially sited helping with finding work, interviews and getting equipment 

    Milton Keynes Reader services helps those with sight issues or other disabilities like physical disabilities with reading and writing tasks. Volunteers visit people’s homes to help http://www.miltonkeynesreaderservice.org.uk/services/reading-and-writing-service

    Sense the charity for those who are deaf and blind https://www.sense.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx4eKg4rp4wIVGODtCh2segGtEAAYASAAEgKMFvD_BwE

    Alternative Visions Coaching

    James is a coach, trainer and assisted technology specialist offering visual impairment computer training who is registered blind following loosing his site in 2004 https://alternatevisionscoaching.org

    Blind Ambition is a Birmingham based charity set up by those who have sight loss or are blind offers support with independence, getting involved in activities, emotional support, family support, rehabilitation, home visits, employability workshops, research projects, and much more https://www.blindambition.org.uk

    Seeability specialised accommodation for people who are blind or have a disability, specialist support for visual impairment, eye care advice. They also support learning disabilities and autism. There specialist support includes vision rehabilitation, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech and language therapy and positive behaviour support https://www.seeability.org/Pages/Category/specialist-support

     Total Communication a communication service for deaf and deaf blind individuals in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey http://www.totalcommteam.com/

    International Glaucoma Association provides information and literature on Glaucoma a condition where the optic nerve is damaged causing some sight loss but when treatment is sort the extent of sight loss should be limited http://www.glaucoma-association.com/

    Retina UKhas lots of information, a help line and support service, peer local and online support services run by those trained in understanding inherited sight loss that also either have inherited sight loss themselves or have a close relative that does. The charity is for those who have inherited sight loss, there is lots of information and signposting to other support and options like genetic counselling and genetic testing as well as how to get Social Services support from Sensory Impairment Teams of local councils https://retinauk.org.uk/  

     

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