Information for Professionals

Professional using laptopDeafblind Section 7 Guidance

Councils in England and Wales have to follow guidance on how to provide services for deafblind people. This guidance entitled, ‘Social Care for Deafblind Children and Adults’, usually referred to as ‘Section 7 Guidance’, was issued by the Department of Health in 2009 and the Welsh Assembly Government in 2001.

The guidance is in place to make sure that deafblind people receive the support and services they require from their local authority.

The guidance defines deafblindness as:

“Persons are regarded as deafblind if their combined sight and hearing impairment causes difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility”.

In England you can download the full guidance at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersandcirculars/LocalAuthorityCirculars/DH_101114

In Wales the Guidance is National Assembly for Wales Circular No.10/01 and is available at: http://wales.gov.uk/publications/circular/circulars2001/NAFWC102001?lang=en

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Deafblind Section 7 Assessments

About Me offers assessments that specifically meet the requirements of Section 7 Guidance, providing a holistic, person-centred approach to identifying a deafblind person’s support requirements based on their needs, choices and aspirations. Conducted by our team of experts, the assessments take into particular account the individual’s need for one-to-one human contact, assistive technology and rehabilitation. The assessment is inclusive of others identified as key to that person.

As part of the process, we will identify the key factors to maintaining independence for the individual looking at: autonomy and the ability to make choices and control of their life; health and safety; managing the daily routines of personal and domestic life; mobility, family, social and community and, if appropriate, learning and work.

We can carry out the assessment in line with local Social Care Assessments and Review practice if required.

For further information please contact us by telephone on 01733 213490 or email info@aboutme.org.uk

Deafblind Training and Sensory Awareness Talks

About Me provides accredited training (Signature Level 2 Award in Communicating and Guiding with Deafblind People) as well as bespoke training for professionals working in the sensory field. This includes supporting the delivery of Section 7 Guidance.

If you want to find out more about communication issues affecting deafblind people, and those with other sensory impairments, we can provide a range of awareness talks tailored to specifically meet your needs.

For further information please contact us by telephone on 01733 213490 or email info@aboutme.org.uk

Communication Support

Communicator Guides and Professional Interpreters provide support to deafblind people attending health and, where appropriate, other appointments.

To make an enquiry or booking please contact us letting us know that you require this service by telephone on 01733 213490 or email info@aboutme.org.uk

Please click on our brochure to find out more about our services.