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Physical and Sensory Disability

Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2015/17

The Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy Implementation Group directs, co-ordinates and manages the project infrastructure and implementation of the Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2015.

Implementation of the Strategy is carried out through the Strategy Implementation Group and its two supporting work streams:

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill announced an extension of the Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan to 30 September 2017. Recently, in recognition of the progress achieved in implementing the Action Plan to date, and that ongoing actions require completion, it has been agreed that work on the Action Plan will be extended for one further year to 30 September 2018.

Further information

If you would like further information about the strategy, action plan or progress to date please contact:

Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy Publications

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Creating Accessible Primary Care Services for People with Sensory Loss - Best Practice Guidance1.1 MiB184
Disability Action Plan Post-Consultation Report0.3 MiB205
Identification Of Deafblind People And Associated Support Needs In Northern Ireland - September 20150.7 MiB202
Making Communication Accessible for All: A Guide for Health and Social Care Staff1.2 MiB382
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending December 20150.5 MiB249
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending June 20130.4 MiB507
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending June 20140.5 MiB161
PSD Strategy Progress Report On Action Plan For Period Ending June 20160.5 MiB260
Tips For Communicating with People who are Blind or Partially Sighted and for People who are Deaf or Hard Of Hearing0.3 MiB403

Sensory Disability:  A Guide to Sensory Support Team Services

A regional guide to Sensory Support Services in Northern Ireland has been launched for people experiencing sensory loss, for their carers and for health and social care professionals who work with people affected.

This educational resource was produced and launched by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust with support from all Sensory Support Teams and the Health and Social Care Board. Contact details of all Sensory Support Teams across Northern Ireland are available at the end of the film.

The invaluable contribution of service users, who have lived experience of the service, highlights their personal stories on how help and support from local Sensory Support Services impacted upon both their lives and those of their family’s.

Information is presented, in DVD and online, in three accessible formats, to meet everyone’s needs: Subtitled, British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language.

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Sign language versions are available by clicking on the links below:

British Sign Language Version

Irish Sign Language Version


Making Communication Accessible for All

A Guide for Health and Social Care Staff

Launched in June 2016, the Making Communication Accessible for All: A Guide for Health & Social Care Staff was co-produced with the community and voluntary sector. Its aim is to enable health and social care staff to communicate more effectively with people who are disabled or have a communication support need.

Staff can access practical tips, advice and guidelines to enable them to be more inclusive in their communication with service users. The guide raises awareness of current legislation and provides advice on how to create communication-friendly environments in order to improve access to health and social care services.


Regional Review of Communication Support Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

In June 2016 a consultation on the outcome of the regional review of communication support services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing was launched by the Health and Social Care Board. The purpose of this consultation was to ensure that people who rely on Communication Support Services had opportunities to influence the development of the service regionally. For further information and to view the findings reports from the consultation click on this link.