Ways of communicating

Sign language is one of many ways people can communicate

There are thousands of ways to communicate and connect – be it through speech, sign language, touch, movement, gesture, sound, pictures, objects or electronic aids.

At Sense, we use whatever mix works best to help people who have complex disabilities, or are deafblind, to communicate and experience the world.

We call this our ‘total communication’ approach.

Remember, it’s never too late to start learning a new way of communicating. Have a go and don’t worry about getting it wrong.

Common ways of communicating include:

How Sense can help

We offer free and impartial information about living with complex disabilities, including deafblindness.

Get in touch by phone, email, post or through a BSL interpreter.

Other communication support available in the UK

Types of communication

These are the main ways of communicating that we use: