About us

[sonus] is the trading name of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Association for Deaf People. The organisation was founded in 1879 and has been providing a variety of services to deaf people ever since.  

Our Vision

Facilitating access for deaf and hard of hearing people to take their place as respected and confident members of the wider community, able to pursue opportunities, make informed choices and achieve their potential. 

Our Mission

[sonus] exists to provide opportunities for Deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people to have equal access to all sectors of the local communities. [sonus] also ensures that its services are developed in response to the views, ideas and opinions of Deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.


1. To deliver a range of high quality services which are responsive to the requirements of Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing adults and young people, which include Language Services, Residential and Community services.

2. To ensure an open flow of communication is maintained through regular consultation with the deaf community (including deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people) and relevant partners and stake holders.

3. To emerge as a leading deaf organisation, raising awareness and promoting educational opportunities wherever they arise.