Being deafblind and multisensory impaired
Not being able to see, hear or speak are conditions which can lead to complete isolation.
95% of what we learn comes to us through sight and hearing. Closing your eyes and plugging your ears does not give you a real idea of what it is to be deafblind.
Being deafblind and multisensory impaired means:
− having congenital or acquired sight and hearing impairments with an additional impairment;
− having an impairment in both sensory channels and late development;
− having an impairment in at least one of the two sensory channels accompanied by mental or developmental retardation, motor deficits or behavioural problems, organ disease and neurological damage.
These are impairments which involve serious limitations to communication skills, personal autonomy and learning as well as great difficulty in understanding the outside environment and in interpersonal relationships.