Support and accommodation for adults

Through our accommodation and support services, we provide highly specialist support for people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom have sight loss.

Our life-changing work depends on voluntary donations. Gifts of money and time help fund the much-needed expertise and equipment that makes all the difference in helping people to overcome some of life’s most extraordinary challenges.

SeeAbility has one of the most comprehensive in-house teams of specialists in the country. This means each person we support gets exactly the right kind of expert attention that they need when they need it, so they can make more choices about what they want from life every day.

Our Specialist Support team includes consultant behaviour analysts, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, optometrists and vision rehabilitation workers. Everything they do is underpinned by positive behaviour support.

SeeAbility's skilled support workers are all trained by the specialist team, applying their expertise in everyday situations. All SeeAbility colleagues, no matter their role, are trained in positive behaviour support and vision awareness.

All our services are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we are proud to have one of the highest compliance levels in the social care sector.

SeeAbility's Heather House residential care home is a unique service with a worldwide reputation. It offers high-quality specialist nursing services, for people with the rare and life-limiting juvenile Batten disease, and other complex conditions.

We don’t underestimate people. SeeAbility’s approach is genuinely person focused and gets extraordinary results, so the people we support can live more independently, more actively involved in their communities, and making more choices about their every day lives, all thanks to our specialist teams and your support. 

 

Transition

The people we support and their families tell us the move from home or college is a difficult one. We try to make this process as stress-free as possible and aim to get to know parents and young people while they are in their mid-teens and stay in touch until they decide on their future.

To ensure everything is ready for the big move, our experienced team visit and assess their need in their current placement to get to know them and develop their support plans.

  

Championing eye care

Good eyesight enables people to learn, communicate and feel more confident.

Yet there is a huge gap between the eye care needs of people with learning disabilities and the support available.

There are over a million adults with learning disabilities in the UK and one in ten has a serious sight problem. Our research suggests that as many as half may not have had a recent sight test.

Even more shocking, SeeAbility’s research suggests that four out of every ten pupils in special schools have never had a sight test, even though children with learning disabilities are 28 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other children.

In 2013 we started sight testing and dispensing glasses to children in a number of special schools as part of one of the largest global research projects. We want to see this become a national programme for every child in special school in England.

We’re working to change this. Help us achieve an equal right to sight for the next generation.

 

Who we support

Language changes all the time and the level of support needed will depend on each individual person:

  • Learning disabilities — people who have a reduced intellectual ability, who will tend to take longer to learn, may need support to develop new skills, to understand complex information or to communicate with other people.
  • Physical disabilities
  • Conditions - whether mental, genetic or physical. This includes people with autism, Down's syndrome and epilepsy, and life-limiting conditions like juvenile Batten disease.
  • Complex needs
  • Mental health difficulties
  • Acquired brain injury

And when we use the term 'sight loss', it could mean:

  • Registered blind — severely sight impaired
  • Partially sighted or sight impaired
  • An eye condition like macular degeneration, nystagmus, glaucoma, cataracts or keratoconus
  • When a person would have difficulty with their vision without wearing the correct glasses

We take everything into account and our support is very personalised. We don't underestimate people. 

 

Referrals

If you would like more information about being supported by SeeAbility now or in the future email: [email protected]