DeafBlind Challenges

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DeafBlind Challenges

Are you a person who is deafblind who experiences difficulty navigating your environment?

Seek Out Individuals to Assist You

  • Take medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Support Service Providers (SSPs) help people who are deafblind navigate their environment.
  • Consider a SSP who will serve as a communication facilitator (but not an interpreter or decision-maker).

Prevent Accidents

  • Consult a vision rehabilitation therapists as well as an orientation and mobility specialist who can teach you the skills necessary to continue daily life.
  • Find someone to transport you or learn about accessible public transportation options.
  • Use tactile dots or pens to make raised marks on kitchen appliances and other home devises, so you can identify your belongings.
  • Use mats in the bathroom that differ in texture, to know where to stand in the shower.
  • Install grab bar in shower to keep balance.
  • Use adaptive exercise equipment to prevent accidents while maintaining fitness level.
  • Arrange furniture in small groups, so it can be maneuvered easily.
  • Keep all living spaces well-lit.
  • Avoid waxing floors, as this can be very slippery.
  • Keep chairs pushed in.
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Are you deaf?

Prevent Accidents
  • Install flashing lights for fire, burglar, and CO2 alarms.
  • Use assistive devices when driving or performing everyday activities.

Are you blind?

Prevent Accidents
  • When purchasing new furniture, select upholstery with texture when possible. Texture provides tactile clues for identification.
  • Replace worn carpeting and floor covering.
  • Tape down or remove area rug.
  • Remove electrical cords from pathways, or tape down for safety.
  • Do not wax floors; use nonskid, non-glare products to clean and polish floors.
  • Keep desk chairs and table chairs pushed in.
  • Move large pieces of furniture out of the main traffic areas.
Prevent Being the Victim of Crimes
  • Turn lights on and off as well as open and close blinds and curtains in the mornings and evenings to give the appearance of all being normal in your home.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers in a format you can access near the phone and place a phone by the bed.
  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Before answering the door, yell out as if to someone else in the house. Call out through the door to ask who is there and do not open the door if there is no reply.
  • Install a security system that has accessibility features like raised keypads.
  • Consider getting a dog that barks loudly, posting a “beware of dog” sign or place a large bowl of water in full view near the front door with a fear-inspiring name on it like “Brutus” or “Killer” (even if you don’t own a dog!).
  • Pay particular attention to your surroundings when entering or leaving your home.

The following information has been collected by Living Well With A Disability from various sources to provide individuals who would like to live well with their disability suggestions for preventative healthcare. While we believe this information to be accurate, we make no guarantees. All individuals should consult their personal physician regarding preventative healthcare and prior to making any health decisions.

Under no circumstances shall CILCP or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages which may result in any way from your use of the information included as part of the Living Well With A Disability website.

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