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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with Sense International India a number of times over the last eighteen years. I have always been impressed by, and respectful of, the work that the organisation undertakes in supporting and improving the lives of deafblind people in India.

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This the organization which support very much to their partner organization to work with the children with Deafblindness. It tries their best to train the professionals and support to give 100% to the children.

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I was responsible for the creation of Sense International India. As Chief Executive of Sense in the UK, I established Sense International in 1996 and decided that our first programme would be in India, since I knew Beroz Vacha of Helen keller Institute and the staff at the Blind People's Association. I knew how successful our first programme would be in India, so it was a no-brainer to choose your country. And the work of Akhil and his team have surpassed all my expectations. Some years ago, they had established services with partners in 24 Indian states and it may have surpassed that already.

The work of SII has been one of enormous industry and devoted energy. I cannot commend their efforts highly enough.

Rod Clark
Former Chief Executive
Sense, The National Deafblind and Rubella Association
Shrewsbury, UK

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2014

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Yet another excellent year for Sense International. It continuous to surprise me with the new initiatives. I have recently learned about the Prestigious Award being confirmed on the Organisation. Great work by team, keep it up.

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Nothing

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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It takes a while for all fortunate people like us to absorb and bring to consciousness the meaning of deaf-blindness as disability. We rarely understand, how to communicate with these people, let alone think about how do they cope with daily living.

Sense International precisely does that; it act as a bridge between a deaf-blind person and the real world, by empowering them with not only basic motor skills but by making them self sufficient to live a meaningful life. By advocacy and networking, they make sure that deaf-blind people get equal status in the society.

For this act of kindness alone, i always admire the Team Sense International. Untiring efforts put in by every one from Governing Council to Lowest level employee makes it a unique organisation.

They are driven by passion and work with moral code of conduct and subject them selves to the highest standard of ethics.

I wish them all the best.

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

Nothing

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A lot

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2013

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I had the opportunity of coming in contact with Sense International India fourteen years back, just few months after I joined this field. I had worked very closely with them. I have seen how they are transforming the lives of Deafblind people with or without additional disabilities in all parts of the country especially working for the forgotten people of rural India. They have been highly successful in bringing this population from isolation to inclusion. I feel so overwhelmed and touched when I visit their programs even in the remotest part and see how the children are provided services at their doorstep by young committed educators and brightening the lives of these children, improving their quality of life and making their parents smile. My salute to Mr Akhil Paul and his outstanding team for their noble contribution to this field. And they have MILES TO GO..............

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

Make it larger and larger.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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I have known this organization since the time I joined the field. From then I was truly touched by
the dedication and commitment of Akhil Paul and his team.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2013

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SIIis one organization which has made immense contribution in improving the quality of life of people who are deafblind.They are highly committed to proide access to quality educational services to majority of deafblind population.

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

reaching to children with deafblindness or multiple disabilities even in most remote part of the country & making a difference in their life.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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In my position of treasure of Deafblind International I had the possibility to have intensive contact with my colleagues of Sense International India over many years. Last year (November 2012) I had the oppertunity to visit different of there projects in different places in India by myself and to write a report about my visit. This report is published in the magazine of Deafblind International (number 51, July 2013). The strategy of Sense India to focuson partnerships to develop services for deafblind individuals is with any doubt very succesful. Very, very few organisatioans I know worldwide are able to work so cost effective as Sense India is managing to do. Very dedicated and skilled colleagues managed to reach more than 50.000 deafblind individuals in 15 year and as I have seen by myself to really change their lives. I can only express my desire that they will be able to reach many more of the deafblind individuals still waiting for any support.

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

In nearby future I should try to figure out the possibilities of using it-solutios (distance learning) to support stafftraining.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I worked with Sense international (India) for more than two years and I must say that i have witnessed positive changes coming in lives of individuals and their families, while being a part of its program. Apart from this, I also experienced tremendous growth in my knowledge about deaf blind people. They make sure that each employee understand about this condition, so that they can bring out the best in whatever they do, be it designing a program or training parents or special educators. This makes them the one of the most credible organization that delivers what they intend to. Regular trainings and other educational interventions of their staff, consultants and partner organizations is their key to remain connected and updated about the new researches of the field. Being the only national level organization working on and for this issue, with commendable dedication and enthusiasm, Sense International is surely a bona fide pioneer of its field.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2010

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Sense International is a great team doing some amazing work in an area that most people know or understand little about. I have been fortunate in having come in touch with team members like Akhil Paul and Zamir Dhale and feel humbled by the experience.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Sense International India has transformed lives of many deaf blind and blind with additional disabilities in India and their expertise has benefited neighbouring countries too like Bangladesh and even now Malaysia. They have made the difference and created great awareness on the abilities of deaf blind and blind with additional disabilities. They have a wonderful dedicated team.

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

have Sense India to be a Regional Player sharing their expertise in developing people with Multi sensory Impairement

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I have been fortunate to "know' Sense International in some depth, as I evaluated a number of their programmes . It is a highly professional organization, working tirelessly for the rights of deafblind children and adults, and their families. They are pioneers in India in this field but what makes them unique is that they continue to work with the same zeal, honesty and dedication as when they started.

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I don't think changes are needed

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2010

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