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Sense intervenors help children who are deafblind to experience and join in the world around them as much as possible. They promote their personal and social development, encourage independence and support their communication. The service can be commissioned by a local authority or paid for with direct payment

This help may be provided in someone’s home, their local community, in an educational or work setting - or a combination of these.

Sense intervenors receive specialist training. Key topics include communication and how to help someone to access the world around them and mobility.  

Intervenors can also offer invaluable support and guidance to families about the best way to support a deafblind person. It also means they can have a break, safe in the knowledge that the deafblind person is being supported in an appropriate, caring way.

For example, this might mean:

Helping a young deafblind girl to join in play activities and meet other children at a day nursery; changing and feeding the child

Working with teachers to ensure that that a young person can access the curriculum - for example, by preparing accessible materials, interpreting instructions and helping them to take part in a lesson

Supporting a young person to attend a local youth group, to join in the games and get to know the other young people there.

Sense also have a Children and Young People specialist team, which works with children and young people who are deafblind up to the age of 19. I have attached our leaflet about this team. Their support is offered free of charge.

Download leaflet here.

To access support from Sense, either via the Children & Young People team or through their intervenor service, please complete the referral form here and return it to us, either by email to [email protected] or by post to Sense Information & Advice, 101 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LG.