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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.

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

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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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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Victim Care and Support

Free confidential support for victims of crime

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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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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

How is the new Covid Vaccination affecting you?

Devons NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Devon County Council would like your initial feedback on how the new Covid Vaccination campaign is impacting you.  Your feedback will help inform them about the vaccination process and its implementation going forward to make sure it is as effective as possible.

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The impact of the pandemic on digital support

Citizens Online are researching the impact of the pandemic on digital support for people aged 50 to 70 years old. […]

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Rural Transport Consultation

Disability Rights UK needs your views on the barriers you face with rural transport, and how you feel rural communities can benefit from transport innovation.

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More funding into social care

1.5 million people across England living are without the right care and many are struggling behind closed doors

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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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RNIB Act Now

Changes to street design must be accessible for blind and partially sighted.

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Deaf Friendly Face masks

“I believe the government should provide clear face masks to everyone”

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Our News

Government recruiting Disability and Access Ambassadors

The Cabinet Office has announced it is recruiting fourteen new Disability and Access Ambassadors. These ambassadors will help ensure businesses are doing all they can to support their disabled customers.

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Our Latest News and Update

2020 has certainly been a year to remember. As it draws to a close we provide some respite from the restrictions and confusion, with this news update on exciting new service offerings, and our plans for the future.

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Have you used one of our support services?

If you would like to share your story on how our support services have helped you throughout this year we would love to hear from you. BBC Radio Devon would feature your story on one of their mid morning radio shows as a pre recorded interview.

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New guides will help re-open Torbay’s natural attractions

Living Options has been working in partnership with UNESCO Global Geopark to create a number of Visual Guides that will provide the information people need in advance of visiting.

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Disability History Month

“Access doesn’t just mean physical access, it’s so much more than that.”

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Celebrating Thirty Years

This autumn and into next year we are delighted to be marking our landmark birthday, reflecting on our achievements so […]

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