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  

When I first came to know about Sense India, I was amazed to realize it worked specially for deafblind. What struck me most was the fact that rather than treating deafblindness as a disability, Sense India strives to empower those affected through training and development on one to one basis. I came to know that some of their on-field Educators are also people who overcame their disabilities and and are a strong source of motivation for those being trained. Right from the Leader to the most junior, everyone in the Sense India team shares the same passion for empowering the deafblind. The empathy is visible and the enthusiasm they arouse is infectious. I appreciate the work you guys at Sense India are doing to strengthen and inspire our special brothers and sisters in the society, not only challenging them to rise up over their challenges but also guiding them through those. Hats off to your efforts and wish you all the best in your endeavours.

With my best regards,

Shiju Sam,
Institute for Plasma Research,
Dept. of Atomic Energy,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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Thank you for being there as part of society and helping challenged people responsibly with great respect towards them.

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Sense International (india) is an organization that is doing unbelievable work bringing light & sound to the deaf-blind people of India. The team at Sense International (India) works selflessly to bring cheer and dignity to these physically challenged individuals. Under the leadership of Akhil Paul, I have seen the organization grow to train & serve this lesser known affliction of DEAF + BLINDNESS. I support & request others to assist Sense International (India) in any way possible.

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

Try and get them financial support to build their own work place to be more effective in their work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Sense India supports a unique disability “Deafblindness” working exclusively to meet the needs of deafblind people in India. The organization has been doing a great work and is improving the quality of life and condition of identified deafblind people across the country. One of the most noble act of humanity that one can do is to achieve their purpose of existence and I started with this journey when I got in touch with the team of SENSE India. Little did I know about the intensity of work done by the team which brought almost a paradigm shift in my outlook towards life and people. I thank Sense India for introducing me to this noble work and giving me an opportunity through events, donations and many other activities to do my bit and make a difference.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Sense does a very specialised service of serving 'Deafblind' people. In fact they were the beginners in the field of deafblind in the country. They not only provided services in different parts of the country and continent but also advocate for leveraging government resources and personnel to make the required changes in the law.

The team and the leadership is amazing. Seen Mr. Akhil Paul, the founder Director very passionately working and has given almost a decade and half towards it.

Well done folks!!!

Keep the flag waving all the time.

Very Best- Gazala- Development worker

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The very thought of the serious handicap that Deafblindess causes in getting anywhere close to "normal" life made me lose sleep when I learnt about it from my friend Akhil Paul of Sense International (India). I have, since, tried to be of assistance to the cause, via Sense International (India). The work that Akhil & his team are doing is admirable. My best wishes are always with them.

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

I know the Organisation from close quarters. The way it is working is wonderful and I do not see how any organisational change could make the working better. I would, tho, suggest they work towards greater sensitization of people at large, not because they are not making the effort, but because people are just not aware. With greater awareness, things could change even faster for the deafblind.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I have known Akhil Paul from my days with Shishu Sarothi and later at AADI and RCI . Along the way I met and interacted with Sumitra Mishra and was completely floored by Zamir Dhale when he attended a session on youth perspectives during the India Social Forum meeting in Delhi .... I am very impressed by the nature and range of work that Sense International has been doing across the country in impacting policy and changing perspectives of people about 'deaf blindness' .... Being from the North East of India, I am waiting eagerly for them to start their services in the region and hope to see NE on the SI (India) map soon.... More power to Sense International (India) and their efforts at empowering deafblind citizens of India....!!!

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

I met and interacted with Zamir Dhale , Advocacy Officer of Sense International and realised what an amazing role model he is for the deaf blind people of the country

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

I would encourage them to reach out to other parts of the country including north east India

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My daughter Sishn Anand is 17 year old. she is completely Deaf& blind & is studying in Hellen keller institute, Mumbai.She is communicating very effectively with her parents,brother,fellow students & teachers . She is proficient in using the Power Braille at home also.She can also operate the computer independedntly. She is very active in cultural front like dancing,drama & sports also.She is very loving & affectionate girl with social inter-actions.

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

rendered yeomen services in orgainising the parents of multi disabled children through out India & focusing the specific needs of these children.It also creates awarness about the problems of these childrens among the doners.

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

....I would like to join this organisation and work selflessly rather than running it independenely, since at present it is being run well much to the deaf blind pople.

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

I visited Uganda which was sponsored by Sense International & enjoyed their hospitality & shared their experience

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

The staff and volunteers were very courteous and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could have provided more help & assistance to the disabled persons and their families.

Ways to make it better...

this organisation has had more funds at its disposal

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

....Lack of funds and unity among the parents with concerned persons.

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

I perceive that this organisation should unify all parets of disabled children/ persons nationally and start a big campus with all facilities like career oriented education,hospitals,market,job for the needy parents,amalgamating all under one roof.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Sense is a unique organisation working with deafblind. They are the only organisation in the country doing this incredible work. The visibility that deafblind people have got due to their efforts in praise worthy. Great work and with very vivid approach of involving multi stake holders

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

joining hands with various government and non-government bodies. They tried to maximize their efforts by involving important civil society groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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