Accessible Information Standard comes in to force

NHS England, August 2016

The Accessible Information Standard came into force on 1st August 2016 to ensure that people with disabilities receive easily accessible information and support.

The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with services. Examples of the types of support that might be required include large print, braille or using a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

All organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices.

Click here for further information and to access guidance documents.

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Dementia friendly communities: supported learning and outreach with the deaf community

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, December 2015

There is strong evidence of a link between hearing loss and dementia. People with mild hearing loss have nearly twice the chance of going on to develop dementia as people without any hearing loss. From January 2014 until July 2015, bespoke resources for the Deaf community were developed and delivered collaboratively by Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland and British Deaf Association (BDA).

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Tips for social workers on implementing the Care Act for deafblind people

Community Care, 8 January 2015

The most important date in social care this year will be the 1st April. This is when the Care Act comes in to force and it’s vital that local authorities and practitioners are ready for the changes this will bring.

For deafblind people, including the large numbers of older people with sight and hearing loss, the Act will bring welcome changes that will improve their experience of social care. Making sure the Act is implemented correctly however, is key to its success…

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