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Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

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 - deafblind people, their families, care givers and professionals to ensure that everyone facing challenges because of deafblindness have access to advice, opportunities and support. We are the only national body actively working 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 on a comprehensive approach which includes social, human rights perspectives with all available solutions. Over the last 18 years, we have: Increased the number of deafblind people receiving support from just 23 in 1997 to over 71,500 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 the 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 the Rehabilitation Council of India. Facilitated the 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: Children and Adults with Deafblindness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,890 individuals with deafblindness through our 57 Partner NGOs across 23 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: Early intervention to detect the severity of deafblindness, need-based education through Centre-based, Home-based and Community Based Rehabilitation programmes. Vocational Training and Income Generation support to adult deafblind individuals. Last year, for the first time in India, 23 deafblind young adults received financial support to setup their own vocations and thus proving that they too are contributing citizens of our society.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Akhil

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Have you come across a child who can neither see, hear and speak? Yes, 3 disabilities together! Can you imagine what and how this child will learn, live and grow, especially when 95% of our learning comes from what we see and hear! Sense India works with such "deafblind" and multi-sensory impaired children and young adults. We are striving to bring meaning into such lives through education, training and support to parents. It is almost 20 years that I have been with Sense India and have witnessed transformed lives through your support so come forward and extend a helping hand.

5 Bhushan P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sense India is transparent and known for its accountability. As a member of the Board, I get notice for the Board meeting well in advance with agenda. All meeting are conducted in a very professional manner completely in conformity with the procedure laid under the Societies Registration Act. The selection of the Members of the Board is done a in a very democratic and professional manner. The organization is achieving 100 per cent statutory compliance in every respect. The organization is adhering to all the provision of Income Tax Act, Provident Fund Act, Gratuity Act, Indian Societies Registration Act and other relevant Act. For me, it is matter of honour to be first Chairman of the Board and now member of the Board.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Like most people I had never heard of the disability 'deafblindness'. Somehow Sense India found me out and spoke of their vision to build a strong national organisation to serve deafblind people throughout India. I was inspired by the vision and what I learnt of the commitment of Akhil and his team to make the vision a reality. I joined the Board. Since those early days the achievements of Sense India have been remarkable. Now over 11,000 children receive direct support through a network of NGOs throughout India; and almost 40,000 receive some access to schooling through a government 'inclusive education' programme. To achieve this, community-level workers; carers; and educators are trained with the help of strategic 'Resource Centers' in North, South, East and West India. This work is strengthened by the steadily growing networks of deafblind people, families and educators. All this under National and State Level advocacy work which has led to the official acknowledgement of the Deafblind as a category within the disability sector... remarkable achievement indeed.

Since mid 2012 a strong policy of 'national resource mobilisation' has been established. This year about 40% of income will be realised from within India; and mostly from Individuals. A reflection of the communication skills of the newly recruited team. Communicating the cause of deafblindness is now recognised by Sense India as of equal importance to the 'programme' work. People affected by deafblindness need support from all sections of society. Strong communications makes this possible. An award which supports communications thus plays a vital role in expanding the understanding of deafblindness and building the support which brings the vision of deafblind people becoming an integral part of our society, closer to being achieved.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is wonderful, well managed and professional organizaiton. It is well respected by other international organizations, national Government and other stakeholders. It is known for its innovative approaches to promotion of comprehensive rehabilitation of persons with deafblindness. It also very transparent, well managed and well respected.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sense International (India) has made a quite outstanding contribution to the cause of deaf-blindness in India; and also to other parts of the global network of Sense International. Its' model of direct support to a few organisations to establish specialist units; along with training of staff in the special skills required; and advocacy at the national level on the issue of deaf-blindness, to the extent of the central government and many state governments being aware of deaf-blindness - all adds up to a very significant contribution. Well done.