Support for deaf or blind people

Blind and visually impaired services

From 1 April 2021 services for Midlothian residents living with or affected by sight loss, will be delivered slightly differently.

Midlothian Council will be working in partnership with Sight Scotland, a leading organisation for visually impaired people in Scotland, to support people of all ages who are affected by visual impairment. This support includes:

  • Rehabilitation and Mobility Training - a specialist tailored service to help keep you independent in your home and the community. 
  • CVI Registration Service – following diagnosis, Sight Scotland staff will help you, if you choose, to become formally registered as vision impaired or partially vision impaired. Registration will help you access related services/benefits.
  • Specialist Equipment – advice and guidance about which equipment/technology is right for you will be available along with support to seek financial assistance with its purchase..
  • A wide range of generic supports, activities and information is also provided by Sight Scotland.

Contact Sight Scotland 

Other support services

The Eye Clinic Support Service (ECLO) will continue to be provided at the Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh. This will be operated by Visibility Scotland.                                       

Statutory Social Work Assessment and Care Management will be carried out by Midlothian Council social work staff.

Assessing your needs

RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) offer a wide range of information and support on general sight loss, such as what supports are available, talking books, eye conditions etc.