2016 Charity - SENSE

 

 

SENSE

 

Sense is a national charity that has been supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind for the last 60 years.  There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK.

 

Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to all deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. We run services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and employ 2,000 people most of whom work in services directly with deafblind people. Our patron is HRH The Princess Royal. Further information can be found on Sense’s website – www.sense.org.uk

 

Deafblindness is a combination of both sight and hearing difficulties. Some of these people are completely deaf and blind, but others have some remaining use of one or both senses. Causes of deafblindness include premature birth and exposure to rubella during pregnancy, which can cause babies to be born deafblind. Sense therefore supports MMR which has proven to be the most effective vaccination programme against rubella. Some genetic conditions such as Usher syndrome can also result in deafblindness. People can also become deafblind at any time through illness, accident or in older age.

 

Click here to go to the SENSE web site