Policy research

Sense undertakes research on a range of issues affecting people with complex disabilities including health and social care, loneliness and education.

Insight from people with disabilities including deafblindness

By listening to disabled people and learning more about the lives of them and their families, we can ensure that our policy and campaigns work is grounded in the experiences of disabled people.

Our research provides insight and knowledge that helps the general public, decision makers and organisations to make changes that benefit people who are deafblind or have other complex disabilities.

Facts and figures

  • There are currently 14.1 million disabled people in the UK, which means that 1 in every 5 people are disabled.[1]
  • Disabled people rate themselves lower for happiness, life satisfaction and how worthwhile they think their lives are, compared to non-disabled people.[2]
  • The impacts of the pandemic are especially far reaching for disabled people. About a third (32%) of people say that their health is being affected, a third (34%) say their relationships have been affected.[3]

Research reports and briefings

Get in touch

To find out more about research at Sense, please contact Rachael Graham (Policy Research Manager) by emailing rachael.graham@sense.org.uk.


[1] Department for Work and Pensions (2021) 

[2] Office for National Statistics (2021) 

[3] Office for National Statistics (2021)