Support for people who are Deafblind

Our team works in partnership with individuals with deafblindness and families/carers to enhance independence and community inclusion.

Deafblindness is described as a unique and isolating sensory disability resulting from a combination of both a hearing and vision loss or impairment which significantly affects communication, socialisation, mobility and daily living.

Goal setting

We will meet with you to talk about your goals and what you would like to be able to do and then work with you to plan how you can achieve your goals.

Our team

Our team is made up of Deafblind Consultants with skills in social work, orientation and mobility instruction, physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy and all have significant training and experience in working with individuals who are deafblind.

Services

We can help you to achieve your goals which support:

  • Communication Skills – teaches people to communicate using fingerspelling, braille or other methods.
  • Orientation and Mobility – provides training for people who are deafblind to navigate around their home and local community using sighted guide and a cane.
  • Dual Sensory Loss/Usher Syndrome Support Group – provides support to people with Deafblindness and their family through regular meetings which deliver information, education and recreation activities.
  • Assistive Technology – assesses and prescribes a range of communication and daily living devices for people who are deafblind.
  • Deafblind Awareness Training – provided for family, support workers, allied health and teaching staff to develop and understanding and skills to interact effectively with an individual who is deafblind.
  • Communication Guide Training – provided for family, support workers, allied health and teaching staff to develop advanced skills to communication, guide and support an individual who is deafblind.
  • Information Service – Senses Australia hosts a unique website called Deafblind Information designed specifically for people with deafblindness or with an interest in deafblindness. To access this website click here.

In addition, all the services Senses Australia offers are also available for individuals who are deafblind. These include:

Therapy
Assistance for me at home
Assistance for me in the community
Respite and support for me and my family
Moving out of home
Managing my plan

What do our services look like?

  • We can visit you at your home.
  • We can visit you in the community or place of recreation.
  • We can visit you at your workplace.
  • We can set up programs for you to do.
  • We visit you at times when it’s good for you and/or others who support you.

How do I access services?

Access to our Deafblind Services can be through:

  • WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) funding.
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding.
  • Disability Services Commission (DSC) – eligibility criteria apply.
  • Fee for service.