What is it about?

We decided to use the United Nations Principles for Older Persons that were developed by the United Nations and view them from the perspective of older adults that have combined vision and hearing loss (congenital or acquired).

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Why is it important?

When researchers and policy makers have to make decisions about priorities, they often rely on international recommendations. However, persons with disabilities are not always represented within such recommendations. Therefore, we decided to raise the profile and draw more attention towards the needs and challenges that emerge when conducting research with and for older adults with combined vision and hearing loss.


My favourite aspect of this collaboration was/is that I worked with Peter Simcock whose work focuses on aging with congenital sensory impairments, while I specialize in acquired impairments. Even though we approach this topic from opposite ends of the scale, it emerged that we both have very similar perspectives and encounter similar challenges.

Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

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This page is a summary of: Are older deafblind people being left behind? A narrative review of literature on deafblindness through the lens of the United Nations Principles for Older People, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, June 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2019.1627088.
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