About us

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

We are here for every person who faces communication barriers in a world that relies on being able to see and hear well to be connected.

Our flexible and personalised services empower people to communicate and express themselves – be it through speech or sign, touch or movement, gesture or sound, art or dance. Together, we connect differently and campaign passionately for the right to lead connected and fulfilled lives.

For over 60 years, Sense has developed an unrivalled depth of knowledge, skill and expertise to unlock the barriers to communication. Everyday things like having a conversation, enjoying friendships and living independently become possible with the Sense approach.

Sense began, and continues, to support people who are deafblind. Over the years it became apparent that our expertise, which stems from this specialism in deafblindness, would benefit many more people. That's one of the reasons why we introduced the term complex communication needs, to reflect the wide range of individuals Sense now supports.

We support children, young people and adults in their home, in the community and at our centres, in their education and transition to adulthood and through our holidays, arts, sport and wellbeing programmes.  Also, we offer practical help and support to families and carers, including information, advice, short breaks and family events.

Our mission is simple – to make sure no one with complex communication needs is isolated, left out or unable to fulfil their potential.

Who we are

The Sense family


Sense supports people with complex communication needs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Sense Scotland

Sense Scotland works with children, young people and adults who have communication support needs in Scotland.

Sense International

Sense International supports people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda.