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Physical and Sensory Disability

Physical and Sensory Disability

Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2015/17

Physical and Sensory Disability Services

The Health and Social Care Board is responsible for delivering a range of projects and supporting system-wide collaboration that aligns with the aims and values of the Regional Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2018.  To do this, we work closely with colleagues and partners in the Public Health Agency (PHA), Department of Health (DOH), Health and Social Care Trusts, and organisations in the Community and Voluntary and independent sectors.

Our work is informed by the values and principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  We aim to promote:

Dignity and respect for individual differences;

Further Information

To discuss our work, please contact:

Physical and Sensory Disability – Regional Activity and Relevant Publications 2011 – present

Creating Accessible Primary Care Services for People with Sensory Loss - Best Practice Guidance1.1 MiB2446
Disability Action Plan Post-Consultation Report0.3 MiB2190
Easy Read Regional Communication Support Service Briefing Paper September 20190.2 MiB1896
Identification Of Deafblind People And Associated Support Needs In Northern Ireland - September 20150.7 MiB2464
Making Communication Accessible for All: A Guide for Health and Social Care Staff1.2 MiB3873
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending December 20150.5 MiB2573
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending June 20130.4 MiB2747
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending June 20140.5 MiB2224
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending June 20160.5 MiB2406
Tips For Communicating with People who are Blind or Partially Sighted and for People who are Deaf or Hard Of Hearing0.3 MiB2880

Sensory Disability:  A Guide to Sensory Support Team Services

A regional guide to Sensory Support Services in Northern Ireland has been launched for people experiencing sensory loss, for their carers and for health and social care professionals who work with people affected.

This educational resource was produced and launched by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust with support from all Sensory Support Teams and the Health and Social Care Board. Contact details of all Sensory Support Teams across Northern Ireland are available at the end of the film.

The invaluable contribution of service users, who have lived experience of the service, highlights their personal stories on how help and support from local Sensory Support Services impacted upon both their lives and those of their family’s.

Information is presented, in DVD and online, in three accessible formats, to meet everyone’s needs: Subtitled, British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language.


Sign language versions are available by clicking on the links below:

British Sign Language Version

Irish Sign Language Version