People do not necessarily label themselves and so may not identify or define themselves as deafblind.
Some people may actively reject the term deafblind, identifying with other communities around a single sensory loss.
Other disabilities or complex health problems may be more significant in how some people live their lives or access services and support.
Whatever a deafblind person’s identity or cause of their sight and hearing loss, they will have a unique set of needs that require a specialist response.
First published: Friday 18 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 24 May 2016