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Sense International India

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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 first and only non-governmental organisation to support the development of comprehensive services for people with deafblindness throughout India. 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. We are currently transforming the lives of more than 77,500 children and adults with deafblindness which includes more than 63,500 in main-stream schools within the government’s national ‘inclusive education’ programme and about 14,019 receive specialist services through partner NGOs. Over the last 20 years, we have: Increased the number of deafblind people receiving support from just 23 in 1997 to over 77,500 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; Designed and initiated a two year diploma course in Special Education on Deafblindness recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India. We advocate for the rights of people with deafblindness with the government and the biggest achievement has been recognition of ‘deafblindness’ in the recently passed the ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’. For the first time in history of India, deafblindness is recognized as a disability and rights of persons with deafblindness are now protected. Inclusion of vaccination for Rubella under the Universal Immunization Programme is another significant achievement of our advocacy initiatives. We are a member of several Central Government and State level advisory groups. We have been accredited by Credibility Alliance and by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)- National CSR Hub under Ministry of Corporate Affairs. We have been awarded Gold Certification by GuideStar India by GuideStar India Transparency Award in 2016.

Target demographics: Children and Adults with Deafblindness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 14,019 individuals with deafblindness through our 59 Partner NGOs across 22 states

Geographic areas served: Odhisha, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

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; Livelihood Training (Functional & clinical Assessment, Identification of trade); Family Training Programmes.

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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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Rating: 5

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.