DeafBlind UK revamps website

Over the next five years the charity will use technology to help improve the lives of those with combined hearing and sight loss.

Joe Lepper | 11th Oct 18
Image shows blurry crowd, representing the experience of a person with deafblindness

Deafblind UK has overhauled its website to make it more accessible across a range of devices, as part of a five year strategy that will see the charity invest more heavily in new technology.

The revamped website has been created by web design agency Morse-Brown and offers visitors a bespoke experience tailored to their level of sight and hearing loss.

This forms part of a plan over the next five years to raise the profile of the charity, which supports people in the UK with combined sight and hearing loss, as well as improve its digital and technology resources.

The strategy pledges investment in digital inclusion services, social media and other technology to reduce isolation among those who are deafblind.

It also wants to work with tech companies to ensure the needs of deafblind people are factored in terms of accessibility .

The strategy will be spearheaded by Steve Conway, who has been appointed this month as the charity’s Chief Executive Officer.

Aging population increases demand for DeafBlind UK’s services

“Our new strategy clearly sets out our direction of travel for the next 5 years, which will see us supporting more people living with combined sight and hearing loss across the UK,” said Conway.

“We have much to do to raise our own profile as well as the understanding of deafblindness and will be looking at increasing our service offering by investing in modern technology, and making our services more accessible to those with the greatest need”

Deafblindness most commonly affects older people, with one in five over 85-year-olds having sight and hearing loss, according to estimates cited in the charity’s five-year strategy.

“It is inevitable therefore that with a rapidly increasing aging population, the need for support for people living with deafblindness has never been greater,” adds the charity’s strategy.