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What is deafblindness?

People who are deafblind (also known as having a dual sensory impairment) have both sight and hearing impairments. This can make it difficult for them to communicate, get around safely and to acquire information about their environment.

Some people are born with deafblindness; others may be born with an impairment of one sense, and develop an impairment of the other later in life.

Rather than being a combination of two distinct sensory impairments, deafblindess is considered an impairment in its own right, often giving rise to unique challenges and experiences for the individual. Due to communication and mobility difficulties deafblind people risk becoming extremely isolated, which may in turn lead to loneliness or depression.