393 Sensory Loss

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Unit 393: Understand Sensory Loss Sensory loss is an impairment of any of the senses. Without probably realising we use these senses to carry out everyday life. Sensory loss can lead to isolation and frustration for individuals who suffer with these losses. Factors may be simple things we take for granted, for example people who have difficulty hearing and seeing may not be able to enjoy watching TV, a telephone conversation, or be able to distinguish between people’s faces and so on. People’s attitudes and beliefs towards people with sensory difficulties may impact negatively on individuals as they may assume that they lack understanding; quite often it may be those who are making assumptions who are acting incorrectly in accordance with the impairment; for example, people may use a raised voice when speaking to someone with a visual impairment. There may also be difficulties in people finding employment who have sensory loss if the company does not supply adequate support for people to be able to carry out the duties in the same ways as other employees. The Equality and Disability Discrimination Acts are there to ensure people are not discriminated against in their opportunities to find employment. Despite this, employers may not believe that people with a sensory loss are able to carry out the duties of the role as effectively as others. Factors, societal attitudes and beliefs impact on the service provision for those with sensory difficulties. Some service providers act in a positive way, for example guide dogs are allowed on buses to accommodate for those with visual problems. Cinemas have loop systems incorporated into their screenings for people with visual impairments, and provide Autism friendly screenings. Often service provision is less of a negativity for people with disabilities and impairments than the general consideration of society as a whole; for
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