Personal identities

People do not necessarily label themselves and so may not identify or define themselves as deafblind. 

Some may say they ‘don’t see or hear too well’, others that they are ‘deaf with a visual impairment’, or may identify with a particular cause of sight and hearing loss, such as CHARGE or Usher.

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