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

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.

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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.


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.