Who we serve
About Me works with people who have a sensory impairment, this includes people who are blind, partially sighted, deafened, deaf, deafblind or have a combined sight and hearing loss. We support many people with a sensory impairment who also have a learning disability, physical disability or mental health issue.
In the UK there is a significant need for quality, community-based services that are focused on the needs and aspirations of the individual. To give an indication of the numbers of people in the UK with a single or dual sensory impairment the facts and figures are as follows:
There are circa 360,000 people registered as blind or partially sighted in the UK. However, it is estimated that there are almost two million people in the UK living with a sight loss, approximately 1 person in 30 (RNIB, Sight Loss UK, 2012).
Deaf and Hearing Impairment
There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss – or one in six of the population. Approximately 6.4 million are of retirement age (65+) and about 3.7 million are of working age (16 – 64).
From the total number of 10 million, more than 800,000 are severely or profoundly deaf. (RNID, Facts and Figures on hearing loss and tinnitus, July 2011)
Deafblind and Combined Sight and Hearing Loss
The Department of Health says people are deafblind, “if an individual’s sight and hearing loss causes difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility”. There are an estimated 356,000 people with a combined sight and hearing loss in the UK. Of this number 62% are aged 70 or over (Sense).
We know that for our services to deliver excellence it is essential that people feel in control of their support. Each support package is planned and delivered with the individual to meet their needs and aspirations. All our services are truly bespoke and personalised, with individuals involved at every stage from the planning and recruitment to delivery and evaluation.
About Me is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England.