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Sensory disability services
Devon Sensory Team provides support and advice to people who:
- are visually impaired
- are Deaf
- have an acquired hearing loss
- are deafblind (sometimes known as a dual sensory impairment – a significant combination of hearing and sight loss).
Contact the Devon Sensory Team by phoning Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or emailing email@example.com
Support groups and organisations
Local support groups and some national organisations can be found on the Devon Community Directory.
We’ve also created a list of useful national organisations which can provide you with information, support and advice.
Devon Sensory Team
All our staff will work with you, and your family or carers, to help you to live as independently as possible.
Social workers with Deaf people work with people who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing on:
- information about disability benefits
- your home life – caring for children, working, adapting your home
- maintaining good mental health
- deafness and learning
- booking a sign language interpreter.
ROVIs – Rehabilitation Officers with people who are Visually Impaired – can:
- advise you about registering as sight impaired or severely sight impaired and about the CVI – certificate of visual impairment form
- help you learn new skills to continue with everyday tasks, from how to move around with greater safety and more confidence to cooking.
ROHIs – Rehabilitation Officers with people who are Hearing Impaired – offer expert advice in any area where your hearing impairment is causing difficulties. They deal with any degree of hearing loss and work closely with other organisations such as hospital audiology departments, employers and job centres.
The Outreach Sensory Service – Staff run clinics in locations around West Devon, Torridge and Dartmouth and Kingsbridge on a regular timetable, offering a free, confidential and impartial service for people with a hearing or visual impairment.
Sound Base is an advice and information centre in Exeter offering:
- advice and guidance about hearing loss
- the opportunity to try out the latest technology and training on how to use it
- up-to-date information about organisations, support groups and classes
- guidance to professionals in contact with deaf or hard-of-hearing people.
Visits to the centre can be either on an informal drop-in basis on Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-1pm, or by appointment at other times. Phone 01392 424018 (voice/textphone) to book and visit us at the Alice Vlieland Centre in Bullmeadow Road, Exeter EX2 4JF.
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