What we do

We support children, young people, and adults with complex communication needs, including those who are deafblind.

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.

Whilst we prefer not to use labels, sometimes, they can help people to understand the wide range of individuals that Sense supports.

Labels such as:

  • Deafblind, dual-sensory impairment or multi-sensory impairment
  • Single sensory impairment with additional needs
  • Complex needs, which may include sensory impairments, additional learning or physical disabilities, or autism.

How we support

We empower people to communicate and express themselves – be it through speech or sign, touch or movement, gesture or sound, art or dance.

Over 60 years, Sense has developed an unrivalled depth of knowledge, skill and expertise to support those who often present the greatest challenge to traditional services and support providers.

Every day things like having a conversation, enjoying friendships and living independently become possible with the Sense approach.

Time and again, we show that it is possible to help everyone to make sense of their world and the world around them, no matter how complex their needs.

What we offer

The personalised and flexible services we offer are built around the wishes and needs of the individual, and enable each person to develop their skills, grow in confidence and get the most out of life.

We support people in their home and in the community, in their education and transition to adulthood, and through our holidays, arts, sport and wellbeing programmes.

We also offer practical help and support to families and carers, including information, advice, short breaks and family events.

Together with those who are equally passionate, we campaign to change laws and government policies so that everyone, no matter how complex their communication needs, is connected and part of society.