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Disabled people - specialist equipment
We can provide access to many different types of equipment to help people overcome everyday difficulties caused by their disability or illness.
Some common questions and answers for disabled people using special equipment can be found below.
Equipment for people with a visual difficulty
Equipment can range from very basic pieces of equipment such as "bump-ons" which can be placed on your cooker dials to help you set it to the correct temperature, to technologically advanced reading machines called CCTV's that may help you to read all of your mail and view photographs.
To try to help you understand further the types of equipment available, please see the I have a sight problem, what equipment can you offer me? page
Equipment for people with a hearing difficulty
For many people with a degree of hearing impairment, there can be difficulties in hearing the television properly for example, or hearing a doorbell or alarm clock at home. For Deaf people, the issues will be different, but equipment can make a significant difference in managing independently.
For more information on the types of equipment available, please see the I have a hearing problem, what equipment can you offer me? page.
Receiving specialist equipment
There are many pieces of equipment to help people manage everyday tasks. Some equipment can be provided on long-term loan and some can be provided free of charge. Support can also be provided in purchasing equipment of your choice.
For more information on receiving specialist equipment, for both visual and hearing problems, you can contact the customer services centre. They will put you in touch with your local specialist social worker who will provide an assessment of your needs. They will advise you about what help may be available to you, including receiving specialist equipment and services, as well as providing general advice. You can also find more information on specialist equipment in the frequently asked questions pages.
You can find out more about assessments on the needs assessment by social services page.
You can contact the customer services centre using the details below.
Support for carers
We work together with carers organisations across the County to offer information, advice and other services to support carers. For more information please see the carers section.
In addition, there are four carers' centres and carers' resources in North Yorkshire that can provide information, help and support to carers. They cover Hambleton and Richmondshire; Harrogate, Craven and Airedale; Scarborough and Ryedale; and Selby.
Please see the carers' centres and carers' resources page for more details about these organisations and how to contact them.
Disabled people - specialist equipment - frequently asked questions