There is a range of equipment available to make life easier for people with visual or hearing impairments. More information can be found at National Deaf Children’s Society and National Blind Children’s Society.
Other types of sensory equipment are for stimulating sensory development, or providing sensory feedback. Sensory equipment bought with a ‘special needs’ label is expensive, however sometimes there may be a high street equivalent that does the same job for a lot less.
Some local toy libraries stock a selection of sensory toys, it’s always worth asking. Ask at your local children’s centre whether there is a toy library near you. Ebay can be a good source of pre-owned items. Cerebra have a lending library for sensory toys, you can view it here
When buying items these sites have a good range of products:
It is also possible to adapt toys to include an easily accessible button to operate them. These are known as switch adapted toys. For switch adapted toys and other products click here
There are charities that will provide grants towards sensory equipment when it will improve the quality of life for a child with a disability.