Course Profile

Course Profile: An Introduction to Sensory Impairment (1 Day)
Historically, responses to disability have meant that individuals who live with a sensory impairment have been stigmatised and have experienced discrimination. This has been compounded by poor and ill-informed support from services whose role is to promote the well-being of people with a sensory impairment via the promotion of personalised support strategies. The objectives of this course are to promote greater understanding of sensory disability, to promote changes in terms of attitude and action towards those with a sensory disability, to identify ways of achieving greater social inclusion and involvement for those who live with sensory loss via an exploration of assistive technology and other tools currently available.
The course is informed by a wide range of resources including The RNIB, Action on Hearing and Loss and the Equality and Human rights Commission. The course is set within the context of the Equality Act 2010 and the Care Act 2014.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.3, 3.2, 6.2, HWB 4.2
The Care Certificate: Standards 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6
QCF: HSC 024, 025, 026, 027; SHC 021, 023, 024; HSC 036, 037, 31; SHC33 & 34
The course is designed for staff working with a wide range of people with sensory impairment.
The course supports The Social Care Commitment and will help organisations to meet CQC Fundamental Standards.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What is a sensory impairment, with references to the 5 senses
  • What is meant by dual sensory impairment
  • What is deafblindness, with reference to congenital and acquired deafblindness
  • The difficulties faced by people with sight problems, including cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacity
  • The difficulties faced by people with hearing loss, including causes of hearing loss
  • The causes of impairment of smell, taste and touch, and the difficulties experienced
  • Good practice principles to support people with sensory impairment
  • The medical and social models of disability
  • The stereotypes, assumptions and prejudices traditionally associated with people with sensory impairment
  • Methods of communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Methods for managing sight impairment, including mobility, reading and being safe at home
  • The basics of the Equality Act 2010 and the impact on people with sensory impairment
  • Useful resources
Training methods utilised include: large group work, small group work, pairs and triads work, tutor presentation, questionnaire, practice scenarios, examination of resources available, Handouts