What is it about?
Rehabilitation professionals that work with older adults affected by both vision and hearing impairment develop a special and valuable skill set for communication and interaction. We decided to interview such clinicians and summarize their experiences, since this type of expertise is generally not taught during clinical training.
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Why is it important?
The number of older adults with acquired or age-related combined vision and hearing impairment is growing constantly. All health professionals will need the skills to communicate with this population as the quality of the care they provide likely depends on their ability to communicate with these individuals.
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This page is a summary of: Exploring Professionals’ Experiences in the Rehabilitation of Older Clients with Dual-Sensory Impairment, Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, March 2019, Cambridge University Press,
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Acquired deafblindness Network (ADBN)
As Deafblindness is a low incidence disability the extent of activity in each country will not be enough to maintain a distinct identity for this field. International networking and the sharing of information is essential to the development of the deafblind field and to develop expertise among professionals working with people with Deafblindness. To learn from good practice we need to collaborate across national boundaries. Among its activities Dbl encourages and stimulates the development of networks – ADBN is the largest network recognised by DbI.
DBI Research Network
The field of deafblind-related research is relatively young. Researchers in this domain are few and we are often spread across the globe across large distances. Deafblind International is providing the infrastructure in order to facilitate information exchange among all stakeholders with an interest in deafblindness research. The purpose of the Research Network is three-fold: First, it creates an opportunity for researchers to build networks across countries and continents, thereby facilitating collaboration and exchange of ideas. Second, within Deafblind International, it will be possible to facilitate Knowledge Exchange from researchers to individuals with deafblindness, clinicians, service providers, administrators, policy makers and other stakeholders. Third, all stakeholders will have a direct line to researchers in order to inspire and initiate research that is relevant for them, and that can make a difference in the lives of persons with combined vision and hearing loss.
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