How can we help?
We aim to provide the right help and advice for each person, as each individual has different needs.
The team consists of specialist workers who can communicate in a variety of ways and are able to use sign
language.Services provided include:
Support from a social worker
Advice, guidance and assistance on a wide range of issues, to help support positive independent living
Information about essential equipment to assist and improve daily living in the home
Information on deaf issues
Information on deaf clubs and where to meet other people
Information on interpreters
- A Communicator Guide Service for Deafblind people.
The team holds a voluntary register of deaf and hard of hearing people in Bracknell, Reading, Windsor and
Maidenhead, and Wokingham. It helps us to keep accurate statistics (which are sent to the Department of Health) and also to plan, develop and finance the services provided.
There are three official registration categories:
Deaf with speech
Deaf without speech
Hard of hearing
There are three ways in which we can complete the process of registration:
Obtain a copy of your most recent audiogram from the Audiology Department of your hospital
Obtain information from your GP regarding your hearing loss
If we know your needs have been assessed by our Equipment Officer your name can be added to the
Benefits of registration:
Qualification for a British Rail disabled persons railcard
Travel concessions (depending on your Council)
Possibility to claim VAT exemption on some specifically designed products for deaf and hard of hearing
Reassurance of having our laminated green registration card available to show people you have a
Please contact us for more information about the register.
The team also has access to equipment to help if you are assessed as eligible for this service.
For more information about equipment, please contact the team.
DST is managed by John Cowell. For further information about DST, please contact:
Deaf Services Team
The Old Forge
45-47 Peach Street
Tel: (0118) 974 6548
Minicom: (0118) 908 8201
Fax: (0118) 908 8190