Nick is 42 and is profoundly deaf. For the last 20 years he has also been registered blind. His life changed considerably in 2006 when he started using Guide Communicator support.
Nick is supported by a team of three Guide Communicators, who are all trained to offer consistent specialist support to meet his particular communication needs, which include an adapted form of Deafblind Manual, hands-on British Sign Language, and clear speech.
With regular visits from his team, Nick is able to continue to manage his finances, shop, cook, arrange medical appointments, socialise and, attend adult education classes.
Nick's latest initiative has been to turn an area of the garden at the flats where he lives, into a productive flower, fruit and vegetable garden. The Guide Communicator team has supported Nick with the practical tasks, such as clearing weeds and accompanying him to the garden centre to buy seeds, but the drive to succeed and to get other residents involved with the project has been purely Nick's.
"I am very happy with KAB that helps me. I am happy with music class, shopping, cooking, going to play snooker in a pub one day a week and the gym." Nick