Sensory Impairment & Stammering

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

Royal National Institute for Blind People - RNIB (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window)
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 the routine eye tests offered to newborn babies and children.

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NHS information about Cornea Transplants.

NHS - Organ Donation (opens in a new window)
NHS information about organ donation, including cornea donation. 

British Blind Sport (opens in a new window)
British Blind Sport ensure visually impaired people have access and enjoy sport and recreational activities. 

British Blind Football (opens in a new window)
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 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Textphone: 0300 330 9256 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Sign Language interpreter available online. (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Action On Hearing Loss (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
NCIUA are a membership organisation offering advice on cochlear implants. 

The Ear Foundation (opens in a new window)
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

Afasic (opens in a new window)
Supports children, parents and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
Parents Helpline: 0300 666 9410 (Monday – Friday 9am - 4pm)

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Information on Anosmia - loss of the sense of smell.

Fifth Sense (opens in a new window)
Information and support for anyone affected by smell and taste disorders.



The British Stammering Association- BSA (opens in a new window)
BSA offer support advice to anyone affected by a stammer, as well as parents, teachers, employers and professionals.
Helpline: 0845 603 2001 (lines open Monday  6-5pm, Thursday 2 - 5pm)

Action for Stammering Children (opens in a new window)
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.

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NHS information on stammering – or stuttering – and possible treatments.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (opens in a new window)
The professional body of and for speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the United Kingdom and Ireland`

Health Care & Professionals Council – HCPC (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
Information for private speech and language therapists.

The McGuire Programme (opens in a new window)
Courses for anyone with a stammer or stutter. See website for fees.

The Starfish Project (opens in a new window)
Stammering control training courses in East Sussex, for adults and young people (aged 12 – 16 accompanied by a parent). See website for fees.



Last Updated June 2018