Support for deaf or blind people

Deaf and hearing impaired services

In partnership with Deaf Action, 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

Deaf Action's social work team offer a statutory social work assessment agreed with you, your family and/or carers.

Assessing your needs

Self directed support in Midlothian

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.

More support

You can refer yourself to Deaf Action for help:

  • Deaf action website
  • Head Office: 49 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QY
  • phone 0131 556 3128
  • text phone 0131 557 0419
  • fax 0131 557 8283 or
  • sms 07775 620 757

Or you can contact Midlothian Council:

Further information

Scottish Government's "See Hear" sensory impairment strategy