Sensory services

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Sensory services

The term sight impairment, also known as visual impairment, refers to someone who is blind or partially sighted. It does not refer to someone who is short-sighted or long-sighted.

d/Deaf refers to someone who is Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. The term d/Deaf includes people who are Deaf (British Sign Language users), who were either born deaf or became deaf in early childhood and use BSL as their first preferred language. The focus of this term is on the ‘D’ in Deaf to indicate that they have their own sign language, culture and identity. D/deaf is used to describe people who are Deaf (Sign language User) and deaf (including people who are hard of hearing or deafened, losing hearing later in life, but have English as the first language and may lipread and/or use their hearing aids). Deafblindness is regarded as a separate unique disability. Individuals are regarded as deafblind if their combined sight and hearing loss causes difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility.

The resources listed on this page here aim to provide clear information in an accessible way. Thank you to Hertfordshire County Council for providing these resources.

You can find Hertfordshire's Sensory Services Strategy 2020-2023 using link: The vision of the Sensory Strategy is to 'provide services of excellence, to support deaf, deafblind and sight impaired people of all ages to be independent, to have choice and control and to participate fully in society.'

Last modified: 

29 Oct 2021