Deafblind Awareness Week

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Sight and hearing loss charities host Deafblind Awareness Week to let people know that combined sight and hearing loss is more common than they think. 

Deafblind Awareness Week runs from 25th June to 1st July. During this time, Deafblind ScotlandDeafblind UK, About Me Care and Support, Community Care Opticians and other organisations will host a series of events and activities to raise awareness of dual sensory loss.

Do you know someone who has the TV turned up far to high, who often asks you to repeat yourself or who doesn’t recognise you if you pass in the street?

Combined sight and hearing loss, particularly milder forms, is more common than we think. With an estimated 394,000 people now considered to be affected by dual sensory loss, it is likely that we know someone affected by this. During Deafblind Awareness Week we encourage you to think about friends and relatives who might be affected by sight and hearing loss and talk to them about it; try to understand what they are going through and learn what you can do to help.

So help us let the world know that sight and hearing loss is more common than you think. Click here to support Deafblind Awareness Week 2017 by joining the Thunderclap

What to look out for this Deafblind Awareness Week…

How will you take part?
Let us know by email or Tweet/Facebook @dbscotland use #DBAW17

Follow us throughout the week on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram

Red and White Day 2017

Red and White Day – Monday 26th June 2017

  • Dress in Red and White and raise awareness about Deafblindness. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to take part too.
  • Post your photos and stories to Facebook and Twitter @dbscotland or Instagram @deafblindscotland using #DBAW17
  • Local pupils from Millersneuk Primary School walking to the new Deafblind Scotland Learning and Development Centre.
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Lunchtime Question and Answer sessions, Live on Twitter

Simply Tweet your question with the hashtag #askDBAW for an expert to answer:

Tuesday 27th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about eye health, answered by Community Care Opticians @CCCOpticians

Wednesday 28th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about combined sight and hearing loss, in particular daily living, answered by Deafblind Scotland @dbscotland and Scotland’s Community Care Opticians @CCCOpticians

Thursday 29th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about life as a deafblind paraclimber with John Churcher @jcchurcher

Friday 30th June, 1pm – 2pm
Q&A about acquiring age related sight and hearing loss, answered by Deafblind UK @DeafblindUK

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Guest bloggers

Check out the Deafblind Scotland News Page throughout the week for guest blogs from our partners and members.