Theatre and music
There are arts which are accessible for people who are deaf or blind. The Face Front Inclusive Theatre and Together with Music provide a community that’s inclusive to people who are partial of hearing or blindness. Face Front Inclusive Theatre offers acting workshops for all age groups to get involved in the performing arts.
Sailability is an organisation which strives to give accessible sailing experiences to a variety of disabilities. They have locations all over the world and you can also find specific pages for your nearest area within the UK.
Walking and outdoor activities
There are accessible routes you can walk which are safe for the partially sighted. Charity groups such as Milton Mountaineers offer group walks for people who are blind or partially sighted to come along to hill walks with their family. Also have a look at Vision of Adventure who offer a range of different activities for people who are partially sighted such as cycling and swimming groups.
If you want to do something independently, check out local walking routes and try the route yourself first, making sure it’s safe for your loved one. Being out in nature creates a great sensory experience for someone who is partially sighted or hard of hearing. Collecting natural materials on walks and making them use their other senses while outside can help keep them involved in activities.
Activity days and short breaks
Sense Adventures provide short breaks and activity days for people who are partially sighted. They create safe and guided experiences for people with visual impairment as well as their families.
Sense offers short breaks for people with complex disabilities as well as people who are deaf and/or blind. These range from days out to visit landmarks, short residential trips or activity groups.
Cooking or baking
When someone becomes partial of sight, you may find yourself worrying more when they complete basic tasks. This is normal, but remember, making them feel included and as much themself as possible is really important. If your loved one enjoys cooking or baking, find ways to make this activity still possible for them. Whether that’s using audio recipes or cooking programmes so they can follow recipes through sound rather than text. There are many kitchen aids which can help your loved one while they are preparing or making food.
For people with a hearing impairment, cooking and baking can be a great way to connect with their other senses and make them feel still involved in useful household tasks.