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Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 0015
Target demographics: persons with deafblindness
Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,000 individuals with deafblindness through our 48 Partner NGOs across 21 states
Geographic areas served: Chhatisgarh, Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Tamilnadu, Himachalm Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttaranchal, West Bengal, Goa, Rajasthan
Programs: Ealry intervention, need based education through Centre-based, Home-based and Community Based Rehabilitation programmes and Vocational Training. Last year, for the first time in India, 23 deafblind young adults got financial support to setup their own vocations and thus proving that they too are contributing citizens of our society.
Our purpose is to work in partnership with others - deafblind people, their families, carers and professionals to ensure that everyone facing challenges because of deafblindness has access to advice, opportunities and support.
We are the only national body active in the field of deafblindness.
We have a focused/ refined objective of supporting deafblindness alone and have not deviated from it even as we take a comprehensive approach which includes social, human rights perspectives with all available solutions.
Over the last 17 years, we have:
Increased the number of deafblind people receiving support from just 23 in 1997 to more than 57,000 today.
Formed the National Network of Families of deafblind people (PRAYAAS), which received the National Award for best parents association
Strategically aligned with the Government of India in their flagship- education programme- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) for inclusion of deafblind children in its mandate.
Facilitated the inclusion of deafblindness into National Trust Act for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities and our Advocacy Officer has been elected on the Board of the Trust
Designed and initiated a two year diploma course in “Special Education on Deafblindness” recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India.
Facilitated inclusion of deafblindness in the state Disability Policy of Chhattisgarh state. We are now working in Bihar, Meghalaya and Kerala on similar lines.
We have external validations such as Credibility Alliance, 35 AC, and repeat donors etc that vouch for our professional, comprehensive and fruitful journey.