Contract is awarded to provide more services for deaf and blind

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A CONTRACT to provide services for the blind and deaf has been awarded to Action on Hearing Loss.

The charity has been named preferred bidder by Bucks County Council and will be teaming up with Sense, a national charity for deafblind children and adults to provide a one stop shop for people with sensory and dual sensory disabilities, in a three-year contract.

The new service has an increased equipment budget and enhanced support.

There will also be a drop-in facility, a review of services for children living with a sensory disability, and direct support and advice to the affected person and their carers were appropriate.

The services to be provided under the new model include finding out about our customers’ sensory needs by doing an assessment, finding out what kind of equipment people need and providing it, information and advice, including a drop in service, rehabilitation and helping to increase independence, community care assessments and care services from the sensory care management team.

Patricia Birchley, Bucks County councillor for health and wellbeing, said: “Until now we have had two providers, one for visual impairment and one for hearing impairment. There has been some duplication in the past and the new contract brings the two services together with a single point of access for all sensory disabilities.