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Your Hidden Disability

Not all disabilities are immediately obvious. A wide range of medical, sensory, neurological, and mental health conditions can impact on daily living. In our experience, education, understanding, and practical adjustments go a long way to improving equality.

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Identified and respected

Not all disabilities are obvious. A wide range of medical, sensory, neurological, and mental health conditions can impact daily living. In our experience, education, understanding, and practical adjustments go a long way to improving equality.

We’re passionate about making sure hidden disabilities are identified, respected, and adjusted for. Our friendly team has a wide variety of lived experiences which means we better understand what you need and how we can best support you.

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Here to listen and support

We are here to listen and offer support. Our trained Time to Talk and Hub team and our support services range from getting active, getting connected with others, and getting involved in the things that matter to you. We also share useful links to organisations that work with us that specialise in a particular hidden disability.

Explore this web page to learn about the services and support we can offer you or contact our friendly team today

Useful Links

Dimensions for Autism – Information and support for adults on the spectrum in Devon who don’t have a learning disability, including ASC in Devon.

What is Autism? and what it is not, learn more on our dedicated website page to mark World Autism Day here.

Mental Health Matters – The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay

Our Support Services

Living Options Devon Keep Active

Our team supports anybody with a disability, or long term health condition to get active and keep active both body and mind.

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Time To Talk

Our free, confidential listening support and advice helpline, for those with a disability, long term health condition or Deaf people who use BSL.

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The Hub

Your first point of contact with Living Options Devon, our friendly Hub team connects you to the support services, advice, and information that you need.

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Devon Disability Network (DDN)

Enabling disabled and Deaf people to campaign and be involved in developing the support services they need.

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Countryside Mobility

Providing easy access to the countryside for anyone who has difficulty walking, through an off road mobility scooter hire scheme
Explore the South West with freedom and ease.

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Deaf Get Active and Volunteer

Get Active with us or support others to get into sport through volunteering.

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Counselling Service

6 free sessions of accessible counselling to people with a disability and members of the Deaf community (British Sign Language Users) across Devon.

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See Hear Centre

Our North Devon hub supporting you with information, advice and equipment for sight and hearing loss.

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Heritage Ability

Our team works with heritage sites across the south west supporting them in improving the customer experience for disabled people and Deaf people who use British Sigh Language

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Your Stories

David’s Story

“When I was diagnosed I went through a very difficult time. I felt despair and self pity. I thought I would not be able to do anything for myself. See Hear gave me hope and inspired me”.

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Mary’s Story

“I am grateful for the help applying for a job”

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William’s Story

I didn’t know what to expect or if they would be able to help me. When I got there it was fabulous. The equipment you can try out and hire makes all the difference.

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Zoe’s Story

‘’Living Options Devon, gave me my life back.’’

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Your Campaigns

Disabled People Against Cuts’

How you can get involved in Disabled People Against Cuts’ Day of Action on Monday 1 March.

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Autistic and Learning Disabled people asked to help improve Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace to conduct research into the experience and accessibility of getting a test for coronavirus for Autistic and / or Learning Disabled people. 

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Teignbridge Housing Strategy Consultation

Teignbridge District Council would like to hear your views on their draft housing strategy. It sets out what they plan to do to tackle local housing issues.

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Lockdown 3 – Your Feedback Needed

We want to understand your experiences of the pandemic. What could make it better? Please take five minutes to complete our online survey

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UK Disability Survey

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. The publication is planned for […]

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Access for All in Retail

Calling on retailers to make their stores accessible for deaf people and those with hearing loss

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Our News

Why do you love your garden?

This June we are partnering with local turf and topsoil company HCT Turf to find out why you love your garden and to raise funds for our charity.

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What is hearing loss?

Our Sight and Hearing team is hosting an information session with the RNID on hearing loss. The session will take place online on Wednesday 14th April from 2 pm until 3.30 pm.

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World Autism Week

We’re celebrating World Autism this week raising awareness and dispelling myths with autistic blog writer ‘autistic on wheels’.

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Happy Retirement Helen

“When I had my first interview with Living Options Devon I was asked ‘What do I want to achieve?’ my answer was ‘I want to make a difference’ and leaving today, I know I have certainly achieved that”.

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National Day of Reflection

National Day of Reflection to mark the collective loss of those who’ve lost someone to the virus, and come together to hope for a brighter future.

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Walk, Roll or Run do it your way

We know how important keeping active has been to you during the pandemic. Being active is so important in helping […]

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