About us


Over the last 60 years, Sense has developed an unrivalled depth of knowledge, skill and expertise to help people with a broad range of complex disabilities, and those who are deafblind, to learn to communicate and express themselves.

We help people to develop the skills to enjoy everyday things like having a conversation, enjoying friendships and living independently. Our staff offer personalised support through our centres, holidays and short breaks, in people’s own homes and in the community. We are here for everyone who needs us, for as long as they need us: providing early intervention for children, helping young people access education, and supporting the transition into adulthood and beyond. In addition to practical support, we also offer information to families and campaign for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life.

Our new strategy

The aspirations and lived experiences of the people we support drive everything we do, and have underpinned and informed all the choices we have made. We have consulted extensively with our staff, trustees, volunteers, and supporters. We have conducted a wide range of research and analysis to help us decide which areas to focus on. And we will continue the conversations to keep us on track and accountable.

Our vision is a world where no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, is left out, isolated, or unable to fulfil their potential. Our mission is to remove barriers to communication so that everyone has the opportunity to live their life to the full. We strive together to unlock barriers to communication, so everyone can enjoy meaningful lives.

Further reading

Explore our website

Watch our short film (Audio described version with transcript.)

Read our new strategy

Read our latest impact report and accounts



Deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing impairment that affects how you communicate, access information and get around. Being deafblind does not necessarily mean that you are totally deaf and totally blind – most individuals have some residual sight and/or hearing. Deafblindness is a unique disability because of the combined impact of having more than one sensory impairment.

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.