Support for disabled children and young people

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We’re here to offer free, practical advice to any parents of children with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, including discussing a referral.

Our free support helps children who are deafblind or who have complex disabilities access education, playgroups and holidays, so they have the same life experiences as everyone else. 

From play and communication sessions to individualised support, we have lots of free opportunities for children to try new things, learn skills and make friends.

Our multi-sensory impairment (MSI) specialists support children and young people who are deafblind to develop their ability to communicate, socialise and play. We also help with access to appropriate education, health and care.

We want to see and celebrate all the fabulous qualities and unique strengths your child has. Explore the many ways we can support your family:

When families first come to Sense, they can feel really overwhelmed by a new diagnosis and the challenges of navigating the world of SEND. Learning about multi-sensory impairment is something families often need support with, and this is where our skills are most needed. 

Laura, a Sense MSI teacher

Getting the right support at school or college

Find out more about support available at school or from your local authority.

If your child has a disability, your local authority must make sure their educational needs are met. They should also offer you advice and support. 

Rights for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

Support for siblings and young carers

We also offer support to young carers and siblings of disabled children. 

This includes:

  • Free activities, like games nights and book clubs.
  • Groups where they can meet other young people in similar situations.
  • One-to-one support and wellbeing sessions.

Sense’s support for siblings and young carers.

Other recommended providers

Sometimes our experience or services aren’t suitable for everyone. So we recommend other organisations to provide the specialised support you need.

Other sources of support

Support from Sense

We’re the national disability charity supporting everyone who is deafblind or has complex disabilities. We’re here for people of all ages and their families. If you need more information and advice about the services we provide, you can find out more here.