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  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Make to more visible, seek support of Government under all the Schemes of the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. Motivate partner organizations to do advocacy for protecting rights of people with deafblindness. Seek participation of generic developmental organizations to ensure inclusive development of children with deafblindness

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

continue to strengthen the communications team to generate more understanding among the public and financial support for those affected by deafblindness. From a stronger India base the quality of the programme can be improved - and for this I would especially look to see how technology could be more effectively mobilised. From a stronger base Sense India will then be able to go on to strengthen services for deafblind people in Asia... which it has already begun to do in Bangladesh and Nepal.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

promoting excellent service for children with deafblindness.

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

stregthen the resource mobilization and programme development services further

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

its professional approach, complete transparecy of activities and very friendly relations with the people

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

very friendly, competent and devoted.

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

cover all children with deafblindness in the country

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with the organization.

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

resource mobilization and expanion of service to under served areas

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

this organization is role model for international organization willing to work in India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

become a regional centre for Asia - promoting the cause of the deaf-blind, even more within India... but more importantly to any number of other countries. And through its' Asian experience begin to contribute expertise to other parts of the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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