Understand sensory loss
1. Explain how a range of factors can impact an individual with sensory loss There are many factors in which can impact an individual with sensory loss, these factors may have an impact on an individuals lifestyle and well-being. Environmental factors, lifestyle, society, visual aids, effective communication, quality advice and guidance can all impact an individual with sensory loss. When a person acquires sensory loss this can have a big impact on their lifestyle and everyday living skills, changes may occur in which an individual may not feel comfortable or familiar with. These changes can have an impact on a persons general well being, they may loose confidence, they may feel isolated and lost this can impact on an individuals personal life and their ability to build relationships with others. As a child we learn to talk by listening and copying others around us, if a child is born deaf this can effect an individuals ability to communicate with others, as we depend so much on verbal communication this can have a big impact on an individuals communication skills. When a person is blind or short sighted, this can prevent a person from being able to see facial gestures or body language making it difficult to communicate. Being blind can cause other risks such as the inability to read important messages and signs, an individual may not see medication instructions and take too many, they may not see important signs such as wet floor signs, hot water, temporary road signs etc. Everyday tasks that we all take for granted will be impacted when a person acquires or has congenital sensory loss. Mobility may be affected when a person has a sensory loss, especially when a person aquires a sensory loss, I personally can not imagine what it must be like to walk with out being able to see where I am going, we rely on being able to see other objects in order to move around safely, if an individual suddenly acquires blindness initially it must be almost impossible to move around and preform everyday tasks safely. Cooking, eating, dressing, washing, all tasks that we preform on a daily basis may be compromised for an individual with sensory loss. 2. Analyse how societal attitudes and beliefs impact on individuals with sensory loss. Societal attitudes can have a negative impact on an individual with sensory loss, people can be very judgemental towards others with a disability, and often assume that they have low intelligence or do not think or perform tasks in the same way as those with out sensory loss. People in society can be very prejudice and ignorant believing that they are better than those suffering with sensory loss, they may believe that they can perform tasks better or are better educated. This may also include others making fun of or bullying those with sensory loss, often these ideas are formed due to ignorance or lack of knowledge of sensory loss and can have a big impact on an individuals life, causing them to feel invaluable in society. Society's views can have an impact on individuals with sensory loss by causing them to have difficulties in building relationships, they may lack confidence in themselves and expect people to judge them. Simple things in which others may do can have an impact on an individual with sensory loss, although society has and is improving at recognising the needs of those with sensory loss, certain cinemas and theatres now provide loop systems so that deaf people can listen and hear what is being performed. There are now events that provide signers to translate and performances, TV, programmes now have subtitles and signers on programmes. 3. Explore how a range of factors such as societal attitudes and beliefs impact on service provision. Society's views often impact on individuals with sensory loss service due to discrimination, people with sensory loss can at times be treated differently to others, creating barriers and causing individuals to lack a fulfilling...
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