Choices and opportunities

At Sense we understand that for people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments:

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  • Mistaken assumptions may mean a person’s abilities and aspirations are not fully understood
  • Mobility may be restricted, affecting their independence and quality of life
  • Restricted access to information limits choice and informed decision-making

Everyday things, such as having a conversation and moving around safely and independently, are important.

Sense believes that many of the barriers people face can be removed if: 

  • Sight and hearing loss are identified and people’s needs are assessed
  • Early intervention maximises information, communication, learning and development
  • Information and advice is available to enable people who are deafblind access to the education and support they need to learn, to work, and to live life to the full
  • Timely services provide real choice, support independence, prepare people who are deafblind for the next stage in their lives and ensure that individuals don’t miss out on opportunities to join the life of their community
  • Support is available from professionals who have the skills to understand a person’s needs, the impact deafblindness has on their lives, and how to involve them in decision making.

Sense believes that every person should be able to choose the lifestyle that is right for them – one that takes account of their long-term hopes and aspirations.

We are continually learning, and we’ll go on listening and exploring new ways to bring opportunity and choice to the lives of people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.

First published: Monday 21 May 2012
Updated: Friday 23 January 2015