Support Organisations - Sensory Impairment

07 September 2017

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


VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

Royal National Institute for Blind People - RNIB
http://www.rnib.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx RNIB offer practical support and advice to anyone with a sight problem.
Helpline: 0303 123 9999 (lines open Monday – Friday 8.45am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am - 1pm)
Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

RP Fighting Blindness
https://www.rpfightingblindness.org.uk/
Providing information and support for those affected by RP – retinitis pigmentosa.
Helpline: 0845 123 2354 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 9.30pm)
Email: helpline@rpfightingblindness.org.uk

Moorfields Hospital
http://www.moorfields.nhs.uk/landing-page/our-services
Moorfields are a specialist eye hospital based in London, further information about their services can be found online.

Childhood Cataracts
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cataracts-childhood/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS information on cataracts in babies and children.

Eye Tests for Children

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/eye-tests-for-children/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Information on routine eye tests for newborn babies and children.

NHS - Cornea Transplant
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/corneatransplant/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS information about Cornea Transplants.

NHS - Organ Donation
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Organ-donation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS information about organ donation, including cornea donation.

British Blind Sport
http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/index.php?id=1
British Blind Sport ensure visually impaired people have access and enjoy sport and recreational activities.

British Blind Football
http://www.rncb.ac.uk/page.php?id=850
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
https://www.sense.org.uk/content/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



HEARING LOSS

Action On Hearing Loss
http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/
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)
Email: informationline@hearingloss.org.uk

Tinnitus Helpline: 0808 808 6666 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Tinnitus Textphone: 0808 808 9000 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: tinnitushelpline@hearingloss.org.uk

National Deaf Children’s Society - NDCS
http://www.ndcs.org.uk/
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)
Email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk

NHS – Hearing
http://hearing.screening.nhs.uk/public
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
http://www.nciua.org.uk/index.php
NCIUA are a membership organisation offering advice on cochlear implants.

The Ear Foundation
http://www.earfoundation.org.uk/
Independent information and support for deaf children and young people with cochlear implants, also assisting families and professionals.
Email:info@earfoundation.org.uk

LOSS OF SPEECH

Aphasia – Stroke Association

https://www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support/aphasia-and-communicating
Description of the different types of language disability.

Afasic
http://www.afasic.org.uk/
Supports children, parents and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Parents Helpline: 0300 666 9410 (Monday – Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm)


ANOSMIA

NHS

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anosmia/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Information on Anosmia - loss of the sense of smell.

Fifth Sense

http://www.fifthsense.org.uk/
Support for anyone affected by smell and taste disorders.