Sense International India

Rating: 4.66 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 2nd Floor, Administrative Block, Andhjan Mandal Campus, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 0015 Ahmedabad India 380015 India

Mission: Our vision is of a world in which all deafblind children and adults can be full and active members of 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.
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Sense India is doing a wonderful work in the field of deafblindness. Transforming the lives of 65,800 children and adults with deafblindness is quite an achievement! I fully support the cause and Sense India and would like to congratulate the team and all those associated with it. Best wishes for all your future endeavors.

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Sense International has been doing a wonderful work in helping people with disabilities. Be it working at the field level ot advocacy and lobbying. All the staff has been very approachable.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Sense International (India) is one organization who not just commits but delivers in every possible way, the way they work toward betterment of future of Deaf-Blind people of India is commendable. I feel really Proud that for these organization i got to "Ran in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 "one of prestige marathon & i feel really nice that i ran for them , in someway i was able to contribute my bit towards the awareness. "Deaf-blindness" is a very unique disability & i am really amazed to see with what a great passion & love Sense International India is working so hard for Deaf-Blind people.

I want tell to every one reading this, not just to read & say `wow' `great work' `kuddos' ... but 1 must understand Our 1 Step of Support to this organization is 1 step towards 1 Life .... Support as much as u can .. all we can do is SPREAD THE WORD AROUND .... The JOY Would be spread Automatically ...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was with them in sep 6-8 in 2010 for leadership development confrence in ahmedabad. The organization has explained the needs / actualities of deafblindness. Since then l am watching their work from m place i.e. Hoshangabad.mp and found that they ate totally devoted in the betterment of deafblind people of our country. The efficient leadership of Mr. Akhil Paul has shown path to the group and the entire family of the organiation, its partners, beneficieries, well- wishers and general public all admire them a lot. These kind of organizations should get opportunity to represent , lead and guide to transform the condition of the dprived people. I wish them best of luck for the same.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reduce distance between hoshangabad and ahmedabad.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I came in touch of SENSE before say 6-7 years. I find this organisation very good specially the services this org gives to the DEAF-BLIND and MULTY HANDICAPPED people is signeficant. Of all the services this org gives I like the HOME BASED services to the deaf-blind and multihandicapped people. I think this is the only org which provides home based services to the special people without any charge. I know this type of org always need Funds and Volunteers to serve the people and I suggest a minimum amount should be charged with the people whom you gives services. Ofcourse there are many families which can not afford the charges but a lot of families can afford it and this is the best way to get funds for the org to run its humble services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

since last 6-7 years as my special child is being trained by this org.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I will like to charge a minimum amount for the services ofcourse there will be free services also for the special people who can not afford to pay.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its annual meeting and coinferences unfortunately I attend only 2 of them as I was not intimated/invited for the others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very good and co-operative. The one I can name is Akhil Paul who was the present chief of the org. Attendents of meeting were from diffrent reagions (abt. 17)of the country and there was arrangements to describe the meeting speeches in their mothertongue.

Ways to make it better...

The home based services given to me shall be continue.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the developement in the percentage of the handicapped people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is the best organisation I know and I am happy I co-relate with this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hello, I came to know about this organization from the Net. I asked about the services through email and got a very helpful reply so that we can help kids with disability.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i feel happy to work in some way with this org

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

kind of happiness

Ways to make it better...

i could have been worked with this org

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

to contribute sufficient funds to work in a better way

One thing I'd also say is that...

doing a good thing all the best for future

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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