Research into SDS information for people with sensory impairments

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The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland are doing research into accessible information about Self-directed Support (SDS) for people with sensory impairments.

They’d like to hear from any adult with a sensory impairment who accesses, wants to access, or who has been refused access to SDS or social care.

There are two ways to get involved to share your experience – through an online survey or by taking part in a focus group.


The survey is open until Friday 9 February 2024 and can be accessed here:

The survey includes BSL videos with captions and voice-over. The survey has been tested for accessibility with screen readers.

Focus groups

There are four focus group dates:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (English language): 26th January 2024, 10am – 12 noon (online via Zoom)
  • Deafblind or with a dual sensory loss: 29th January 2024, 1-3pm (in-person at Deafblind Scotland, Kirkintilloch)
  • Deaf BSL users: Thursday 1st February 2024, 11am – 1pm (online via Zoom, led by Clare Canton in BSL)
  • Blind and partially sighted people: Friday 2nd February, 10am-12pm (online via Zoom, with Sight Scotland)

Communication support will be provided.

You can register your interest in joining by emailing and stating which focus group you would like to attend.

If you are unable to attend a focus group but still want to share your experiences, please email the team at and we will discuss other ways of taking part in this research.

Self Directed Support Scotland

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