Sense aims to break down the barriers faced by people when using technology.

A smiling young man with deafblindness plays on the piano keyboard with Braille keysWe live in an increasingly digital age with technology in every home that increases access to information and communication, saves time and money, delivers entertainment and enables people to engage with communities and public life. Watch a video of Lynda Jones who describes how new technology helps her with everyday tasks such as cooking.

Personal and assistive technology in daily life comes in all shapes and sizes, supporting daily tasks and independent living, ensuring just enough support so that people can live the life they aspire to, managing health and personal care, enabling participation in the creative arts, sports and hobbies and giving greater choice and control of the environment. Read Molly Watt's blog on why she's glad she grew up in the growing age of technology.

Sensory and communicationtechnology is key to supporting communication, access to information and mobility, whether it is hearing technologies, low vision aids, lighting systems, alternative and augmentative communication software, braille devices, navigation systems , or readily available apps.

Our approach is based on

  • Getting interested - learning about technology, what it can do and building the confidence to take the first steps
  • Getting the right technology - assessing the issues and making choices about the technology that enables you to do the things you want, or that others currently do for you
  • Making it work - supporting the set-up and use of technology, seeing the benefits and helping to solve problems
  • Enjoying the benefits - seeing technology as part of the day to day, celebrating success,  assessing its impact and finding new uses
  • Managing the risks - identifying concerns and taking action to stay safe

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First published: Wednesday 3 December 2014
Updated: Tuesday 6 December 2016