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Multi-Sensory Impairment

Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) means that a child or young person has impairments with both sight and hearing. Their sensory loss may be present at birth or acquired later. Most children and young people with MSI will have some useful vision and hearing; however there are some who are completely deaf and blind. There are a number of terms used to describe MSI including deafblind, dual-sensory impaired and dual sensory loss.

Some children and young people with MSI also have medical, physical and cognitive disabilities. MSI impacts on all areas of learning and children and young people may need additional support to learn to communicate and develop socially.

Useful resources

Sense - Connecting Sight, Sound and Life (opens in new window)

Deathblind UK (opens in new window)


For further support and guidance you can contact the Team for Physical Disabilities (Rochdale Additional Needs Service)

Tel: 01706 925900 or 01706 926400

Email: RANS/

Services for this condition

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