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Physical or sensory

Sensory disability services

Devon Sensory Team provides support and advice to people who:

  • are visually impaired
  • are Deaf
  • have an acquired hearing loss
  • are deafblind (sometimes known as a dual sensory impairment – a significant combination of hearing and sight loss).

All our staff will work with you, and your family or carers, to help you to live as independently as possible. You can contact the Devon Sensory Team by phoning Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or by emailing

Social workers with Deaf people work with people who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing on:

  • information about disability benefits
  • your home life – caring for children, working, adapting your home
  • maintaining good mental health
  • deafness and learning
  • booking a sign language interpreter.

ROVIs – Rehabilitation officers with people who are visually impaired – can:

  • advise you about registering as sight impaired or severely sight impaired and about the CVI – certificate of visual impairment form
  • help you learn new skills to continue with everyday tasks, from how to move around with greater safety and more confidence to cooking.

Find out more about ROVIs

ROHIs – Rehabilitation officers with people who are hearing impaired – offer expert advice in any area where your hearing impairment is causing difficulties. They deal with any degree of hearing loss and work closely with other organisations such as hospital audiology departments, employers and job centres.

Find out more about ROHIs

The Outreach Sensory Service

Staff run clinics in locations around West DevonTorridge and Dartmouth and Kingsbridge on a regular timetable, offering a free, confidential and impartial service for people with a hearing or visual impairment.

Support groups and organisations:

Find services, groups and clubs in Devon on the Pinpoint website

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