Who Sense supports

Sense supports a wide range of disabled people, with a variety of different complex needs, to be understood, connected and valued.

Complex disabilities

We’re here for every person living with complex disabilities that can make it a challenge to communicate, access information and take part in life.

We’re specialists in providing the individual, tailored support people need to lead a fulfilling life.

Complex disabilities - or complex needs - are descriptions used if you are living with two or more disabilities and require high levels of support with aspects of your daily life. You may need support from a range of health and social care services.

You may have complex needs from birth, or following illness or injury, or they may develop as you get older.

The number of children born prematurely or with other medical or complex conditions is growing. So, too, is the number of older people developing complex needs in later life, including sight and hearing loss. Whilst there are no accurate figures on how many people are living with complex disabilities today, there is no doubt that the number is increasing.

Conditions most relevant to Sense and the people we support

Deafblindness (sight and hearing impairments)

Deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing impairment that affects how you communicate, access information and get around. Many people who are deafblind have some residual sight and/or hearing.

Dual-sensory impairment or multi-sensory impairment are other terms that may be used if you have both sight and hearing impairments.

Learn more about deafblindness and multi-sensory impairment

Specific conditions that can cause a person to be deafblind include Usher syndrome, CHARGE syndrome and congenital rubella syndrome.

Single sensory impairment (sight or hearing impairments) with additional needs

‘Single sensory impairment with additional needs’ may be used if you have either a sight or hearing impairment combined with learning or physical disabilities, or autism.

A combination of other needs

This may include learning disabilities, physical disabilities or autism.