Deaf and Blind services
Deaf and hearing impaired services
We support people of all ages who are affected by deafness or hearing impairment.
- Services for deaf and hearing-impaired schoolchildren
- Communication Support
- BSL/English interpretation, lip speakers, note-takers, deaf blind interpretation.
- Assessment and ongoing social work support
Our social work team offer a statutory social work assessment agreed with you, your family and/or carers.
Following assessment, an individual care plan will be created covering all areas of support. Help with Self Directed Support planning is also available.
- All social workers are registered with the Scottish Social Services council, and have specialist training and/or experience in working with deaf and hearing impaired people.
- Specialist equipment - we will provide information and advice, installation, maintenance and repair of specialist equipment deemed necessary following assessment.
- Visiting outreach support service - a home based individual support to promote independent living, covering a range of practical, financial, social, health and wellbeing issues.
- contact SCOTLAND-BSL: Scotland's National BSL Interpreting Video Relay Service
- Scotland Police - BSL
- Scottish Government
Blind and visually impaired services
East Lothian Council together with RNIB Scotland support people of all ages who are affected by visual impairment.
- Services for visually-impaired schoolchildren
- Vision Support Centre – based at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh. Assessment, information, advice and emotional support to everyone following diagnosis.
- Registration Service – following diagnosis, RNIB staff will help you, if you choose, to become formally registered as partially sighted or blind. Registration will help you access related services/benefits.
- Assessment – a statutory social work assessment. This will identify the outcomes you want to achieve. With the agreement of you, your family and/or carers where relevant, a personalised care plan can be developed.
- Mobility Training and Rehabilitation - a specialist tailored service to help keep you independent in your home and the community.
- Specialist Equipment – a wide range of specialist equipment is on display at the Resource Centre in the Hillside Crescent offices. Advice and guidance about which equipment is right for you also provided.