Sense International India
Working with deafblind children and adults throughout India so that they can be active members of society.
Work and Achievements
Sense International India, also known as Sense India is the first national non governmental organisation in India working to provide vital educational support to deafblind children –children who are both deaf as well as blind. Because 95% of what we learn about the world comes through sight and hearing, deafblind children face unique challenges in communication, mobility and accessing information, making deafblindness one of the most isolating disabilities.
When Sense India started its work 19 years ago, there was only one programme for deafblind people in the whole of India, which was supporting just 23 deafblind children. Since then, our work has flourished and, by enabling deafblind people to make the transition from isolation and neglect to active participation in family and community life, our work continues to improve lives. Currently we are reaching out to more than 71,500 deafblind people in 22 states of India. Working in partnership is the main approach and philosophy of the organization.
There is estimated to be over 500,000 deafblind children in India. So little is known about deafblindness that children are referred from deaf schools to blind schools and vice versa, none of which have the expertise to cater for their specialist needs. Despite being cognitively bright, these children are excluded from mainstream schools and even from schools for the disabled. Our vision is of a world in which all deafblind children and adults can be full and active members of society.
Fund Utilisation Statement
To raise awareness and funds for the education of children with deafblindness. To cater to the education needs of 100 deafblind children, build capacity of special educators.