Graham has been in the field of deafblindness for over 16 years, has a Diploma in ‘Deafblind Studies’ and is working on his Masters in ‘Communication and Congenital Deafblindness’ at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is also a yoga and mindfulness teacher, dog lover, comic book collector, choir soloist, amateur baker and tree hugger. A great deal of his work with deafblind people is recognising and trying to understand what passions people have and what makes life a rich and unique tapestry. When working with people with complex needs - He believes the key to a good assessment is not about ticking boxes and providing reports (although that is sometimes part of the process) – its about really getting to know someone and taking time to ensure people have opportunities to really explore options and ideas.
Participants will understand why the needs of this growing population differ from people with singular sensory loss and how important the assessment process is in understanding options for independent living and outcomes relating to wellbeing. The seminar will focus on the importance of looking at how life for people who are deafblind can be seen as a rich tapestry and how we need to think differently about possible assessment outcomes by sharing creative thinking, success stories and good practice. This seminar will look at the definition of deafblindness and relevant statutory duties from the Care Act 2014 and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014.