Sense International India
Sense India works with local organisations (mostly NGOs) to develop services for deafblind children and adults, and collaborates with the government at centre and state levels.
Work and Achievements
Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability. Sense International India is the only national level organisation supporting specialised services which enable deafblind children and adults to overcome the challenges caused by deafblindness.
95% of what we learn is through our eyes and ears. Imagine what it is like to be deafblind person. Deafblindness is mainly caused in India through Rubella (German measles) which combines varying degrees of both hearing and visual impairment.
All deafblind individuals experience extreme challenges with communication and mobility; most have additional physical and medical conditions to overcome. Persons with deafblindness also invariably face severe neglect and discrimination owing to their inability to communicate and relate to the world.
We have provided high quality baby-screening and referral, home-based, education and other services to around 14,019 children with deafblindness through 59 partner NGOs in 22 states; as well we support skills and livelihood training to adults with deafblindness. We provide training and network to families to understand and integrate with their deafblind members.
Through collaboration with the government’s ‘inclusive education’ Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), we enable a further 63,500+ children with deafblindness and multi-sensory Impairments to access education.
We advocate for the rights of deafblind people with the government and the biggest achievement has been recognition of ‘deafblindness’ in the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016. For the first time in history, Deafblindness is recognized as a disability and rights of persons with deafblindness are now protected. Inclusion of vaccination for Rubella under the Universal Immunization Programme is another significant achievement of our advocacy initiatives.
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Fund Utilisation Statement
We will utilize the funds for Education, Care, Rehabilitation and Advocacy for the rights of Deafblind children and adults at the district, state, regional, national and international levels.