External Partners

For the Touch Post-COVID-19 research project, we are working in partnership with two leading organisations for the support of people affected by audiovisual impairment in the UK: Deafblind UK and Deafblind Scotland.

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Deafblind UK is a charitable organisation dedicated to support and enable people who are deafblind to live the life they choose. Informed by its members, Deafblind UK works with people who are deafblind, making connections and delivering quality support which helps build confidence, independence and increased control.

“We believe this is an important research topic as our everyday experiences of the Government’s measures to limit the spread of the virus has had a disproportionate impact on many in the Deafblind community who cannot communicate with others and maintain social distancing.”

Stephen Conway, Chief Executive at Deafblind UK
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Deafblind Scotland supports people with audiovisual impairments in Scotland. Its aim is to enable deafblind people to live as rightful members of their own communities. Deafblind Scotland offers a variety of services for the deafblind community such as communication and linguistic access advice, advice navigating self-directed support, information and formatting services, welfare rights support, accredited training and a guide/communicator service.

We hope through this partnership with the University of Glasgow, we can increase awareness of dual sensory impaired individuals and in turn improve their quality of life. The possibility of new tools and strategies to benefit the deafblind community across the UK is exciting and invaluable. We also know that our members and their experiences have much to offer the academic and wider community.”

Gillian Mooney, Development Officer at Deafblind Scotland