Support for deaf or blind people

Blind and visually impaired services

Midlothian Council together with RNIB Scotland support people of all ages who are affected by visual impairment.

  • Services for visually-impaired schoolchildren
  • Vision Support Service – based at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh. Assessment, information, advice and emotional support to everyone following diagnosis.
  • Registration Service – following diagnosis, RNIB staff will help you, if you choose, to become formally registered as partially sighted or blind. Registration will help you access related services/benefits.
  • Assessment – a statutory social work assessment, using the principles of SDS (Self Directed Support), We will identify the outcomes you want to achieve.  With the agreement of you, your family and/or carers where relevant, a personalised care plan can be developed.

Assessing your needs

Self directed support in Midlothian

  • Mobility Training and Rehabilitation - a specialist tailored service to help keep you independent in your home and the community. 
  • Specialist Equipment – a wide range of specialist equipment is on display at the Resource Centre in the Hillside Crescent offices. Advice and guidance about which equipment is right for you also provided.

You can refer yourself to RNIB for help:

  • RNIB Scotland website
  • phone 0131 652 3140
  • or call into the office at: 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA

Or you can contact Midlothian Council:

  • [email protected]
  • phone 0131 271 3900
  • in person at Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3ZH

More information

Scottish Government's "See Hear" sensory impairment strategy