Sense International’s relationship to Sense

The parent organisation of Sense international is Sense, a UK charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults with deafblindness - providing information, tailored specialist services and family support.

A young girl standing on rubber ball helped by a support worker

Its aim is ensure people with deafblindness are provided opportunities to learn, enjoy life and become as independent as possible.

How it all began

When Sense began in 1955, little was known about deafblindness. Families and professionals found it very hard find out how to support individuals with this extremely challenging disability. Sense was very fortunate during this period to receive invaluable support and information from colleagues around the world, so that it could gradually build up our knowledge and services.

Sense International was launched in 1993 with a burning desire to share this expertise with the many international organisations that had helped us - and to bring hope to deafblind people in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Rather than planning to run services ourselves however, the goal was to support, train and empower local organisations so that, in time, they could carry on this vital work independently. Sense International retains a close working relationship with Sense to the mutual benefit of both organisations - and to people with deafblindness.

Related links

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First published: Friday 20 September 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017