Who we are and what we do
Who we are
Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.
We were established out of a family support group that was started in 1955 by parents whose children were born with rubella, and the experience, skills and views of families remain central to our work. You can see how we have developed over almost 60 years on our history page.
Our patron is HRH Princess Royal.
What we do
Deafblindness refers to a combination of sight and hearing impairment which causes difficulties in a range of areas including communication, access to information and mobility.
At Sense we offer high-quality, flexible services across the UK, using skilled staff and a dedicated network of volunteers. We work with a wide range of deafblind and multi-sensory impaired people, as well as those who have a single-sensory impairment with additional needs. We take pride in offering
specialist services built around the wishes of each person we support and enabling them to be as independent as possible.
We work with children, young people, adults and older people with a progressive sight and hearing loss, offering a range of housing, educational and leisure opportunities.
First published: Friday 23 March 2012
Updated: Wednesday 17 April 2013