Sensory Impairment & Stammering

UPDATED: 30.11.18
In this section you can find support for the following:
Visual Impairment
Deaf blind
Hearing Loss
Speech Loss
Anosmia (loss of smell)
Stammering

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 8am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm) 
Email: 
helpline@rnib.org.uk 

Retina UK
https://retinauk.org.uk/
Providing information and support for those affected by inherited progressive sight loss.
Helpline: 0845 123 2354 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 9.30pm)
Email: helpline@retinauk.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.

Children and Young People’s Services
http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services/children-and-young-peoples-services/#.Wi5nOlVl-po
Support services for children, young people and their families from Guide Dogs.

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 the routine eye tests offered to 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. 

 

DEAF BLIND

Usher Syndrome
https://www.sense.org.uk/content/usher-syndrome
Information and support for Usher Syndrome from Sense.
Information line: 0300 330 9256 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Textphone: 0300 330 9252 (Monday – 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/what-is-stroke/what-is-aphasia/aphasia-awareness
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 (lines open
Monday – Friday 10.30am - 4pm)

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/
Information and support for anyone affected by smell and taste disorders.

STAMMERING

The British Stammering Association- BSA
http://www.stammering.org
BSA offer support advice to anyone affected by a stammer, as well as parents, teachers, employers and professionals.
Helpline:
0208 880 6590 (lines open Monday  6-5pm, Thursday 2 - 5pm)
Email: 
info@stammering.org

Action for Stammering Children
http://www.stammeringcentre.org/
Specialist services for children and young people who stammer, including the Michael Palin Centre which is internationally recognised for the diagnosis and treatment of children who stammer.

NHS Choices

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stammering/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS information on stammering – or stuttering – and possible treatments.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

http://www.rcslt.org
The professional body of and for speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the United Kingdom and Ireland`

Health Care & Professionals Council – HCPC

http://www.hpc-uk.org/
The regulatory body for health therapy professionals, including range of independent practitioners from art therapy to speech and language. 

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice

http://www.helpwithtalking.com/Default.aspx
Information for private speech and language therapists.

The McGuire Programme

http://www.mcguireprogramme.com/en
Courses for anyone with a stammer or stutter. See website for fees.

The Starfish Project 

http://www.starfishproject.co.uk/
Stammering control training courses in East Sussex, for adults and young people (aged 12 – 16 accompanied by a parent). See website for fees.