Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Imagine that you can’t see or hear anything; you are in your own bubble with no way of communicating. You might be an adult or a child, boy or girl; this might be you- trapped.

There are currently 356,000 deafblind people in the UK (572 per 100,000 people). This is an incredible amount – especially when 21,000 are children. 

Sense is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. They provide expert advice and information as well as specialist services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. They also support people who have sensory impairments with additional disabilities. Sense was founded in 1955 by a group of parents of deafblind children, and since then the group has grown and grown! Their aim is to make deafblind children and adults equal and just as capable as other members of society. Sense is a unique charity because it supports both children and adults. 

Sense offer a series of treatments for people with deafblindness but everything needs funding…
£10 a month could buy…
A vital first assessment: 
Done in a gentle and kind way with lots of smiles, The assessment allows Sense experts to create an individual therapy plan for every child and there needs.
£7.50 a month could buy…
A bongo drum:
This will help stimulate even the tiniest amount of a deafblind child’s hearing in music therapy.
£5 a month could buy…
An interactive light tube:
This will stimulate even the tiniest amount of a deafblind child’s sight into action.

Because deafblind people can’t see well enough to hear through sign language, and don’t have the aid of hearing to help with their blindness, they use a special method of communication called deafblind manual communication. This is a way of speaking with a deafblind person by spelling out the words you want to say using both your hand and theirs. But how do you learn how to understand and perform this when you can’t hear the instructions? A Sense specialist can teach a child how to. 

Did you know:

A red and white striped cane means the user is deafblind?

As the same with any disability deafblind people will find life a bit more of a struggle then fully able people but with the right help and equipment the sky’s the limit!

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