Support Organisations - Sensory Impairment

10 September 2018

Visual impairment, Hearing loss, Speech loss, Anosmia (loss of smell)


Royal National Institute for Blind People - RNIB RNIB offer practical support and advice to anyone with a sight problem.
Helpline: 0303 123 9999 (lines open Monday – Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9am- 1pm)

RP Fighting Blindness
Providing information and support for those affected by RP – retinitis pigmentosa.
Helpline: 0845 123 2354 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 9.30pm)

Moorfields Hospital
Moorfields are a specialist eye hospital based in London, further information about their services can be found online.

Children and Young People’s Services
Support services for children, young people and their families from Guide Dogs.

Childhood Cataracts
NHS information on cataracts in babies and children.

Eye Tests for Children
Information on routine eye tests for newborn babies and children.

NHS - Cornea Transplant
NHS information about Cornea Transplants.

NHS - Organ Donation
NHS information about organ donation, including cornea donation.

British Blind Sport
British Blind Sport ensure visually impaired people have access and enjoy sport and recreational activities.

British Blind Football
The Royal National College for the Blind provides opportunity for football players to develop their game through expert coaching, helping to produce players that can compete at national and international levels. Also participating in the National Visually Impaired Football League which has monthly fixtures.

Usher Syndrome
Information and support for Usher Syndrome from Sense.
Information line: 0300 330 9256 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
Textphone: 0300 330 9256 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
Sign language interpreter available online Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


Action On Hearing Loss
Information and advice for deaf and hard of hearing people and their families.
Information line: 0808 808 0123 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Textphone: 0808 808 9000 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Tinnitus Helpline: 0808 808 6666 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Tinnitus Textphone: 0808 808 9000 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

National Deaf Children’s Society - NDCS
NDCS offer support and information to parents of children with a hearing problem, also hosting a online live chat service.
Helpline: 0808 800 8880 - voice or text (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)

NHS – Hearing
NHS parent information leaflets on hearing subjects including: Your Baby’s Hearing Screen Test and Your Baby Has A Hearing Loss.

National Cochlear Implant Users Association - NCIUA
NCIUA are a membership organisation offering advice on cochlear implants.

The Ear Foundation
Independent information and support for deaf children and young people with cochlear implants, also assisting families and professionals.


Aphasia – Stroke Association
Description of the different types of language disability.

Supports children, parents and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Parents Helpline: 0300 666 9410 (Monday & Wednesday 10.30am - 4.00pm)


Information on Anosmia - loss of the sense of smell.

Fifth Sense
Support for anyone affected by smell and taste disorders.