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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.

Community Stories

55 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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Deafblindness being a unique disability needs specialized focus and intervention. I have been a part of Sense India since 5 years and i must say that lives of Deafblind and family members are transformed . There is a huge difference in saying & doing ,here we believe in doing things. Sense India does not only focus on Educational, therapeutic, vocational intervention, but it also pursues into a adult being an active member of the society through income generation programmes being specifically developed for the adult. over the years i have seen those tears of joy of the parents when their Deafblind daughters & sons hands over the income that they have earned through their business. I am proud to be a part of Sense International India

2 Nikhil2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

over a year ago Like many people i had never heard of a people being Deaf and blind at the same time. Sense India has helped me broaden my horizon with regards to the disability sector.

Highly transparent and ethical in its functioning Happy to be a part of sense India

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sense India is a rare non-profit organization working with the deafblind individuals in India.
The work is such that it not only has a critical mission but also manages to execute with tremendous effectiveness and efficiency. I am proud to be associated with such an organization.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense International India, also known as Sense India is an award winning national organisation representing a little-known disability called deafblindness which was recently recognised under the enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 for the first time in the history of India. Sense India works with local, regional and national organisations to develop sustainable services for children and adults with deafblindness along with collaborating with the government at central and state levels. Its relentless work has so far transformed the lives of close to 77,500+ deafblind persons who have found a meaning to life with self-esteem and confidence.

2 Deevangana Goyal

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense India has been working since more than 20 years & it has not only brought positive change in the lives of deafblind individuals but have also made a significant difference in the lives of parents & teachers of deafblind individuals. "Deafblindness" was not recognized as a disability earlier but due to the advocacy efforts of Sense India, today deafblindness is recognized by law and government of our country. Sense India has provided many opportunities to deafblind individuals which have made them not only self confident but independent too. It feels great to be associated with a committed non profit like Sense India

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

India's only national organisation working for children and adults with deafblindness along with their teachers and parents across India! Factors that set them apart:
Working for a unique disability
100% transparency

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible Cause and an Incredible team of people. Working for people with deafblindness in a diverse country like India is no easy task. Yet day after day, the Sense India team - including their partners and the parents and educators of children with deafblindness ensure that identified children and adults now live a fuller life. Highly transparent and ethical in its functioning, it's hard not to be inspired by the work and the people. Kudos and all the best.

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5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work that Sense India is doing is phenomenal. Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability. In a developing country like India, people with disabilities continue to remain invisible. But through their work, it is evident that Sense India is going above and beyond to ensure children and adults with deafblindness have access to better care, medical facilities and livelihood opportunities.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense International india is making an remarkable changes in the lives of deafblind person's with the huge programs from baby screening to natioanl level advocacy and expertise staff working with the unique disability and finding ways to bring them to mainstream level is really extraordinary and highly transparent and dedicated team . Proud to be associated with sense international India

1 Bhuvanendran B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense India is a committed NGO working with the objective to provide quality disability rehabilitation for children & adults with deafblindness. It provides equal opportunities and social integration to the deafblind population through its programmes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The service providing by Sense International India on the field of disability rehabilitation for the Deafblind people with or without other disabilities is truly appreciable. I am truly touched with the dedication & commitment that Sense international India team has shown in transforming the life's of Deafblind person.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A unique NGO working with a unique group of individuals. Individuals who are invisible in the public domain because of their disability. People who cannot see, hear and speak. Working as a catalyst this NGO is helping thousands of deafblind children and adults to connect with their families and community.

Working with a network of partner NGOs it is ensuring deafblind people have access to support, advice and resources to lead a dignified life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense India works with some of the most marginalised and invisible children of India. Deafblind children face dual disability of vision and hearing loss making their world limited to their fingertips. Sense India is the only national level NGO in India that works exclusively with these children. It provides education, rehabilitation, vocational training and employment to deafblind children and adults.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense India is a unique organization working exclusively for the deafblind and multi-sensory impaired population of the country. People with deafblindness are on extremes of margins of development and are denied services and rights. However, through the Sense India work, they are receiving support services and becoming independent in their lives. I am impressed by the work commitment of the whole organization and believe they will always remain the top nonprofit organization in India.

1 Sushanta G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense International India is an award winning quintessential Indian not for profit organization representing a niche cause which not many professionals in the disability sector happen to be aware of. Their expertise and knowledge in terms of implementing decentralized customized programs are critical to developing a roadmap for deafblind individuals in the country. The programs are designed in tandem with the impact parameters and onground challenges carefully assessing its feasibility and viability. Highly transparent and efficient when it comes fund usage including monitoring,tracking and reporting.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An organization which has been working very very hard to raise awareness on deafblindness. Extremely ethical when it comes to clarity on fund usage and brutally honest when it comes to talking about the rights of the differently abled. Powerful. Very powerful.

3 Aliasgar P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organisation helping India become senseful of deafblindness

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organisation benefiting the persons with deafblindness. The organisation silently advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with deafblindness. Observed the quality work right from the grassroots level.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense India is an organisation which works tirelessly to raise awareness and work with children and young adults with Deafblindness. An organisation that is transparent, ethical and at its core committted to ensure that each Deafblind person's voice can be heard.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Sense International India for over 12 years, and can vouch for the credibility and transparency. Being only national level organisation working with persons who deafblind, organisation needs support of individuals. Organisations associated with SII are credible and have reputation earned locally.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Patiala School for The DeafBlind had a short association with Sense International India. The Deafblind children gained a lot from their expertise and guidance. Our teachers also learnt new techniques and methods of imparting training. I also attended their workshops and seminars which were well conducted.
However I have few suggestions to make.
1. Not only too much but excessive stress on report and returns. In my interaction with NGO's dealing with Sense International they admitted that they fudge the figures, to please and to show results.
2. Targets given are not practical .
3. Administrative expenses are too high and not in consonance with the achievements.
4. Need to be more transparent.

7 Sachin R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense International India is the pioneer organisation in India working for children and adults with deafblindness. It’s vision is to provide need based services to children and adults with deafblindness so that they live an independently life, have equal rights and contribute as an equal member in the society with utmost dignity and pride. However, with lots of advocacy and lobbing still deafblindness is not yet recognised in the Indian law.
Keep supporting the cause of deafblindness.
Best Wishes to Sense International India and it’s dedicated staffs.


7 Uttam Kumar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense International India is a great organisation to be associated with. Since this organisation is for persons who are deafblind, a disability not mentioned in government documents, a neglected and marginalised population of society is getting served. Please do support the organisation to continue the work.

9 Deepak B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sense India is doing a excellent work to help deafblind children.By reaching out 71,500 deafblind children and adults and helping him to live her life by her own skill. I fully support the cause and Sense India and would like to congratulate the team and all those associated with it. Best wishes for all your future endeavors.