Sensory Impairment includes those who are hearing impaired and vision impaired. These services listed below are available for things such as information on support services and respite provisions.
Action for Blind People – Local Salisbury Office
Our Salisbury team is able to support people living in Wiltshire, Swindon, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
Outreach service where our knowledgeable and friendly team can visit you in your home or a mutually convenient location to help you:
- Living independently
- Applying for Benefits Housing
- Counselling Service
- Children, Young People and Families
Tel: 01722 345440
Address: Unit G Stanley Court, Glenmore Business Park, Telford Road, Salisbury, SP2 7GH
Action on Hearing Loss
Products for people with hearing loss and tinnitus
If you or someone you know is deaf or has a hearing loss you’ll be amazed by how many ingenious products there are available. There are hundreds of clever devices to help you maintain your independence and carry on doing all the things you love, including:
Action on Hearing Loss Information Line: Telephone 0808 808 0123 | Textphone 0808 808 9000 |
SMS 0780 0000 360
Action on Hearing Loss Tinnitus Information Line: Telephone 0808 808 6666 | Textphone 0808 808 9000 |
SMS 0780 0000 360
Action on Hearing Loss Shop: Telephone 03330 144525 | Textphone 03330 144530
Action On Hearing Loss Supporter Care team: Telephone 020 7296 8264 | Textphone 020 7296 8246 |
Blue Badge Parking
Blue Badge Initial Enquiry Support Service
Tel: 0844 463 0213
Calibre Audio Library
Who can use the service?
Calibre welcomes adults and children. You can become a member if :
- you can’t see well enough to read print
- you have dyslexia or another disability which prevents you from reading print.
Our digital service offers excellent sound quality and we regularly add new titles (at least 500 per year).
What does it cost to join the service?
There is a one-off administration fee of £35 (£20 for Young Calibre) to join the library. Thereafter, we do not charge any subscription and there are no fines for lost, late or damaged books – anything you contribute is a purely voluntary donation. We make a small charge for our print catalogues but the online catalogue is free.
How do I get the books and return them to you?
Calibre books are delivered and returned by post, free of charge.
How many books can I have?
New members receive one book initially. Once this is returned we normally issue 2 books. Most people are happy to have two books at a time and find this is sufficient to ensure they always have a book available to listen to. Once you have two books, when you have finished your first book please return it to us and we then send out a replacement which should reach you before you have finished reading your second book. In this way you’ll get books at your own speed.
If you read a lot you may need more than two books – just ask and we will increase your allocation. Owing to the higher costs of USB memory sticks, allocation of USB sticks is capped at four per member but you can have 8 CD’s and it is possible to have a mix of both formats.
What equipment do I need?
Calibre’s digital books by post are in two formats – MP3 format compact disk and USB memory stick All members can borrow our books on disk and memory stick. We also offer an online streaming service.
For the books on MP3 format CDs there is a wide choice of players, with different features and at different prices. If you have recently bought a CD player this may play MP3 disks as well as ordinary CDs. You can also listen to them on many DVD players, on computers, and on many Daisy machines (including the players supplied by the RNIB Talking Book Service). Read more about our digital service or phone 01296 432 339 and ask for more information and a trial MP3 disk.
To play your books using a USB memory stick you need a memory stick player. There are a selection of players on the market, some specifically designed for people with sight problems, Some local talking newspapers have already issued memory stick players to their subscribers. A list of memory stick players supplied by Calibre is available here. MP3 players available from other suppliers are listed in our Other MP3 Players document.
The Concerto 2 player from the British Wireless Fund for the Blind plays both formats of Calibre books – USB memory sticks and MP3 CDs – and has been designed for easy use by people with visual impairment.
Links to websites of suppliers are provided at the bottom of this page.
What sort of books do you have?
We aim to provide a good selection of books you may like to read for pleasure. The titles in the main library include best-sellers, classic authors, detective stories, historical novels and non-fiction such as biography and travel. There are also 1,500 books specially recorded for children and young people. We welcome suggestions for new books to add to the library.
How do I choose the books I want to read?
The simplest way is to tell us which kinds of books you enjoy – biographies, romances, crime or whatever – and leave the rest to us. Young Calibre members can opt to get books suitable for their age group.
Some members prefer to give us a personal book list and there are many ways to compile one.
This website has the complete library catalogue (see What’s in the library) and it’s very easy to select your books online – members can click here to go to the members login page.
We produce a range of print catalogues and a quarterly bulletin of reading ideas and new books added to the library called For Your Ears Only. You can have the magazine posted to you or read it on this website. Young Calibre members can get reading ideas from the Press Play page.
You can read more about all of this on the How to choose your books page.
Can you help me choose my books?
If you tell us the sort of books you like, such as detective stories, love stories, or books about the war, we will then choose books for you. More than half our members use this system. There is a page on the application form for you to tell us what sort of books you like, and you can add to or change your list at any time.
Alternatively, if you enjoy particular writers, or if there is a subject that interests you, do ring us up, preferably in the afternoon, and we’ll put together a list of books to suit you.
Whatever your question, just ask. We’re here to help – just phone our Membership Services team on 01296 432 339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Disability Rights UK
Online resource with many useful factsheets and information for disabled community.
Disability Directory. A unique search engine for the disability community. Regularly updated events and service providers for anything to training, information, respite, etc. Hampshire-wide.
Product solutions for children with special needs.
|If you have an enquiry, want to know more about Fledglings, place an order or would like to offer your support, please contact us:
01799 541 807
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
0845 280 1530
Four C’s Care Group
Self Help Group for people with visual impairment and their carers. Talks, Outings, Theatre Trips as arranged.
Tel: 02380 773384
Address: c/o Shearwater Houseboat, Pettinger Gardens, St. Denys SO17 2WL
Freemantle Community Centre – Day Services
Making use of the facilities during the week, to care for the more vulnerable members of society who have learning difficulties. They offer support and personal care in a variety of ways, there are classes including art, dance and sports, with outings to such places as the Mayflower and the forest.
If you wish to know more about this service, please make contact with Alison Gilroy or Nikki Hunns during normal office hours.
Tel: 02380 834750
Address: Freemantle and Shirley Community Centre, Randolph St, Freemantle, SO15 3HE
Google tools for special needs
Technology can be a powerful tool to assist people with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.
Guide Dogs For The Blind
Guide Dogs will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
Our Services include:
- Guide dogs. There are no age barriers when applying for a guide dog. We provide financial assistance for food and vet bills and all of the needed equipment. People don’t need to be registered blind. Many guide dog owners still have some vision. No previous dog experience is necessary.
- Children and Young People’s Services. Blind Children UK is part of the Guide Dogs family. Blind Children UK supports families with a range of services including; habilitation work, mobility training, practical support, large print books and family activities.
- My Guide. This service matches someone living with sight loss with a trained volunteer. Together they work towards aims to increase the person’s confidence and mobility. Can be time limited or last for as long as needed, meeting weekly. No cost for service. Friends and family training may be of particular interest to carers.
- Buddy dogs
Tel: 0845 372 7428
Address: Southampton Mobility Team, Chilworth Point 1, Chilworth Road, Southampton, SO16 7JQ
You can self-refer by calling the local support team on 0118 983 8892.
Open Sight is the largest charitable organisation in Hampshire working with people who have, or who are at risk of developing sight loss. Based in Eastleigh, Open Sight has provided uninterrupted support to the blind and partially sighted community of Hampshire since 1922.
Our mission is to support people with sight impairment or who are at risk of sight loss to achieve their personal goals, remain independent and live a full life. We work with you, your family, colleagues and friends in coping with both the practical and the emotional issues arising from your sight loss.
Tel: 02380 641244
Address: 25 Church Road, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6BL
Rose Road Association
- Parent Voice – information and advice service for parents and carers of disabled children age 0- 19 in Hampshire
- A-Buzz Parent Carer Forum: group of parents who participate in local service development and monitoring alongside colleagues in the Council and NHS. It also offers parent-to-parent support, information, and advice.
- Buzz Network: offers short- breaks in Southampton. These are self-referral.
Tel: 02380 721234
Advice line: 0300 303 8603
Buzz Network Co-ordinator: Freephone – 0800 169 8833 | Local rate – 02380 832069
Address: Bradbury Centre, 300 Aldermoor Road, Southampton, SO16 5NA
RNIB – Royal National Institute for the Blind
At RNIB we have teams that can provide you with advice, information and support with all the important areas of your life. Our Helpline is the gateway to all RNIB services including our more specialist teams such as our Advice Service, Legal Rights Service, our Eye Health Information Service, and our Emotional Support Service.
RNIB Guide for Parents of Children with Vision Impairment
RNIB has launched an information guide for parents of children and young people with vision impairment.
The guide contains essential information and useful advice for parents and carers on vision impairment, early years, school education and transitioning into adulthood.
Families who have ‘been there before’ were consulted about the content so that the booklet reflects what they would have liked to have known when their child was first diagnosed.
Imformation about vision impairment: Guide for Parents
National Helpline: 0303 123 9999
Specialist focus on Learning Disability: 0141 772 5588
RNIB Connect Radio is a radio station serving the UK, and is funded primarily by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and also by other local councils.
We are Europe’s first radio station for blind and partially sighted listeners, and we broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online, on 101 FM in the Glasgow area, and on Freeview channel 730.
Our mission is to broadcast news, information and advice to blind and partially sighted people. All of our presenters are visually impaired.
Although the station’s main studios are based in Scotland, the station is for everyone in the UK and beyond, with many listeners in the USA and Canada. Other studios are in Cardiff and London and more locations across the UK are planned for the very near future.
Southampton Area Talking Newspaper
Southampton Area Talking Echo,
Mount Pleasant Road
Focus on Dementia, Mental health conditions, Personal care, Physical disabilities, Sensory impairments, Caring for adults under 65 yrs, Caring for adults over 65 yrs
Tel: 02380 443044
Address: Sembal House, Handel Terrace, Southampton, SO15 2FH
Sensory Loss Team – Adult Services, Hampshire County Council
Sensory Loss teams work with people with hearing loss and sight loss across the county and can carry out an assessment to identify the help you may need. Sensory staff can also provide training to help you find solutions to the everyday problems that arise and give information about the equipment available.
Tel: 0845 603 5630
Address: The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8ZB
Providing support for deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to maintain their independence.
Tel: 02380 220225
Language Services: 0845 688 2626
Address: Spitfire House, 28-29 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF
Community Youth Activities ‘Deaf F ‘ is a great opportunity for Hearing Impaired youths 11-19yrs with additional needs to participate in activities to empower independence, life skills, interaction and support.
Deaf.F (Deaf Expect Adventure for the Future) is a youth programme run by a Deaf Leader and offers a range of activities and workshops all over Hampshire for young people aged 11 to 19yrs with Hearing Impairment and additional needs. The activities included are decided by the youths themselves who provide [sonus] with direct feedback.
The Activities and Workshops provide opportunities for young people to develop their personal and social skills,meet new friends and build up a support network which will help prevent isolation in the community.
We have a ‘DEAF F’ Facebook page
Various dates throughout the year, £5-15 per session
|A great opportunity for hearing impaired youths to participate in activities to empower independence and life skills
||Spitfire House, 28-29 High Street
||SO14 2DF Click for map
||11 to 19 years
||John Payne, Community Youth Worker
A listening ear to talk to someone about living with sight loss. If you need advice on equipment to help you manage independently at home we can help. We are not state benefits trained so cannot help with questions relating to benefits but we can put you in touch with agencies that can.
If you need more information about coping with your eye condition we can help. We have leaflets available on our website for the most common eye conditions: Age related macular degeneration, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma. If you have a different visual impairment we can help you find out more information.
We run a free activity group for visually impaired children and young people, and their families.
We have a well stocked library of toys and talking books for visually impaired children.
Carers Support Group
Caring for someone with sensory loss can be emotionally difficult and isolating. If you would like the opportunity to relax and chat with others in the same situation then why not come along to this friendly support group.
Social and Leisure Activities
We host all sorts of activities and social occasions in an informal environment. Its a great chance to meet other people who understand the problems you face daily but also to have some fun! Check out our calendar of events.
We offer a free Audio Library service via post. There are hundreds of titles to choose from – just let us know the format (CD, MP3 etc) that you like to listed to. You will need to be registered as a member of Southampton Sight to use this service.
With a well-stocked resource centre we can offer demonstration and sale of a wide range of items to support daily living.
Aids and Equipment Resource Centre Southampton Sight has a brilliant equipment resource centre, stocked with useful items to help the visually impaired. We have a drop in session every Wednesday morning between 10.00am and 12 noon where you can just turn up and have a look around. Alternatively you can make a one hour appointment to view all the gadgets and talk through your requirements. Appointments are held throughout the rest of the week. To book your appointment in advance, please call Mandy on 023 8076 9882. The resource centre has a wide range of equipment which includes: • Talking Watches • Easy To See Watches • Talking Clocks • Lighting • Shields • Telephones • Mobile Phones • Labelling Aids • Hand Held Magnification • Electronic Magnification • Sound & Vision Equipment • Money Aids • Writing Accessories • Kitchen Equipment • Canes & Walking Sticks • Craft Items • Toys & Games • Health Aids Why not drop by and see what is available!
Our newsletter is produced quarterly in a format to suit you. Its packed with information, advice, and fun. You will need to be registered as a member of Southampton Sight to use this service.
Sight Loss Awareness Training
Raise your awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people by attending our half-day training course. The course is for anyone who wants to learn more about living with sight loss and will equip you with the skills to help people who are blind or partially sighted. It is suitable for anyone who works with or has contact with people who have sight impairments.
Finding Your Feet
This is a 2 day course designed for people who have been newly diagnosed with sight loss. It is run by Action for Blind People and hosted here at Bassett Avenue. Keep an eye on our Calendar for details of when the next course is running or contact us for details.
Hard of Hearing
If you have a hearing loss we have a monthly support group that may help you and we also have a project worker available for you to talk to.
Visually Impaired Peer Support (VIPS)
If you are of working age it can be daunting coping with all the responsibilities and problems you may be facing. You are not alone. We have a group promoting mobility and independence that meets monthly so come along and meet others who know exactly how you’re feeling.
SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living CIC
The centre is run by and for Disabled People to promote the meaningful inclusion of
Disabled People into the community. By ‘Disabled People’ we refer to people with a physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological, emotional, or any other hidden impairment. We therefore include people with learning difficulties, system survivors, cancer survivors and those living with HIV/AIDS.
We see our roles as providing ‘user led’ services and campaigning for the rights of Disabled People.
Tel: 023 8033 0982
Address: Unity 12, 9-19 Rose Road, Southampton, SO14 6TE
St Denys Community Centre – Day Services
Please remember that the centre is run by volunteers and there is limited free time available to respond to enquiries. Please therefore be patient!
Tel: 07917 198588
Address: Priory Road, Southampton, SO17 2JZ
Southampton Area Talking Echo is a talking newspaper for anyone who is blind or visually impaired.
Tel: 02380 770111
Address: The Studio Centre, Tebourba Way, SO16 4QE
Woolston Community Centre
Tel: 02380 432728
Address: Church Road, Woolston, SO19 9FU
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