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Visual and hearing impairment

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  1. What is a visual impairment?
  1. What is a hearing impairment?

What is a visual impairment?

A visual impairment is when a person has sight loss that cannot be corrected using glasses or contact lenses.

Registering as blind or partially sighted

Visit your GP or optician if you're having problems with your sight. They can refer you to a consultant ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who can assess whether you qualify to register as sight-impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight-impaired (blind).

If you qualify, the ophthalmologist will complete a certificate of vision impairment. They will send it to Coventry City Council, who will contact you to find out what help and advice you need.

If you register with your local authority as blind or partially sighted, you may be entitled to travel concessions, such as a Disabled Person's Railcard. If you're registered as blind, you may also be entitled to other concessions, such as a Blue Badge parking permit and a discount on your TV licence.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) provides further information about registering your sight loss.


Qualified rehabilitation workers provide advice and support to people who are visually impaired. People do not have to be registered to receive a service.

Training can be provided to help you learn new skills or adapt old ones to keep your independence, including increasing confidence in the kitchen or training to help you get around independently, safely and confidently in your home or outdoors.

For further information or to refer yourself or someone you know, contact Adult Social Care Direct and ask to speak to the Duty Rehabilitation Worker.

Adult Social Care Direct


Tel: 024 7683 3003

Council House
PO Box 15
Earl Street

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