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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

18 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.

Bharati Bindrani M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So a review. I, being just a commoner, am not in a position to review the great work that people of Sense are doing continuously for past 20 years. On one hand I feel really happy as I get to know what actually is being done, as couple of friends who are working there keep sharing, and on the other hand I feel I didn't try much to do something for physically disabled, instead I get myself entangled in stupid day to day miniscule problems of life. Kudos to the entire team of Sense India who are trying to beautify the lives of the most beloved humans of God, A big big Thank to all of you. Kudos to the deafblind people who in spite of facing actual problems of life, are trying hard to give some meaning to their lives.

1 Naishil J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense International India is providing astounding services for the deafblind people since 20 years. Sense provides a platform to every deafblind individual for living their life full and active. Deafblindness is a disability and Sense is disabling the disability.

1 Jigar P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am happy to work with Sense India and support the cause of DEafblindness.

We are a strong team with good values

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in Messengers on Cycles (MOC) event organized by Sense India in June, 2017. That was the first time wherein I participated in cyclothon and it feels really great that I got a chance to participate in a charity event. I was not aware about deafblindness earlier but now I am aware of the disabilty. I felt happy seeing energetic deafblind individuals in the event. Sense India is doing great work for deafblind population of the country.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense International do remarkable job putting blind and deaf people in society where they deserve to be. There program across India help deaf blind to earn respect. Great job and keep it up forks.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

In a world where education system lacks inclusive education, organisation such as Sense International are working to bridge the gap. A child, who has every right to get educated irrespective of his physical disabilities is being supported by Sense. This has not only made them self confident but has also created a huge impact on their families.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense India is doing a remarkable effort to transform the lives of people with deafblindness. I participated in a cyclathon event organised by sense India and it was a great experience.

6 Kabir S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense India is doing a wonderful work in the field of deafblindness. Transforming the lives of children and adults with deafblindness is quite an achievement! , Sense India and would like to congratulate the team Best wishes for all your future endeavours.
kabir siddiqui ( WE THE PEOPLE INDIA)

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

the work at 'Sense India' is laudable...... in essence they help people make sense of their lives, where nature deprived them of the 'senses' to do so. Remarkable Cheers!!!

5 Shiju S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first came to know about Sense India, I was amazed to realize it worked specially for deafblind. What struck me most was the fact that rather than treating deafblindness as a disability, Sense India strives to empower those affected through training and development on one to one basis. I came to know that some of their on-field Educators are also people who overcame their disabilities and and are a strong source of motivation for those being trained. Right from the Leader to the most junior, everyone in the Sense India team shares the same passion for empowering the deafblind. The empathy is visible and the enthusiasm they arouse is infectious. I appreciate the work you guys at Sense India are doing to strengthen and inspire our special brothers and sisters in the society, not only challenging them to rise up over their challenges but also guiding them through those. Hats off to your efforts and wish you all the best in your endeavours.

With my best regards,

Shiju Sam,
Institute for Plasma Research,
Dept. of Atomic Energy,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for being there as part of society and helping challenged people responsibly with great respect towards them.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense International (india) is an organization that is doing unbelievable work bringing light & sound to the deaf-blind people of India. The team at Sense International (India) works selflessly to bring cheer and dignity to these physically challenged individuals. Under the leadership of Akhil Paul, I have seen the organization grow to train & serve this lesser known affliction of DEAF + BLINDNESS. I support & request others to assist Sense International (India) in any way possible.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense India supports a unique disability “Deafblindness” working exclusively to meet the needs of deafblind people in India. The organization has been doing a great work and is improving the quality of life and condition of identified deafblind people across the country. One of the most noble act of humanity that one can do is to achieve their purpose of existence and I started with this journey when I got in touch with the team of SENSE India. Little did I know about the intensity of work done by the team which brought almost a paradigm shift in my outlook towards life and people. I thank Sense India for introducing me to this noble work and giving me an opportunity through events, donations and many other activities to do my bit and make a difference.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense does a very specialised service of serving 'Deafblind' people. In fact they were the beginners in the field of deafblind in the country. They not only provided services in different parts of the country and continent but also advocate for leveraging government resources and personnel to make the required changes in the law.

The team and the leadership is amazing. Seen Mr. Akhil Paul, the founder Director very passionately working and has given almost a decade and half towards it.

Well done folks!!!

Keep the flag waving all the time.

Very Best- Gazala- Development worker

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The very thought of the serious handicap that Deafblindess causes in getting anywhere close to "normal" life made me lose sleep when I learnt about it from my friend Akhil Paul of Sense International (India). I have, since, tried to be of assistance to the cause, via Sense International (India). The work that Akhil & his team are doing is admirable. My best wishes are always with them.

3 Ketaki B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have known Akhil Paul from my days with Shishu Sarothi and later at AADI and RCI . Along the way I met and interacted with Sumitra Mishra and was completely floored by Zamir Dhale when he attended a session on youth perspectives during the India Social Forum meeting in Delhi .... I am very impressed by the nature and range of work that Sense International has been doing across the country in impacting policy and changing perspectives of people about 'deaf blindness' .... Being from the North East of India, I am waiting eagerly for them to start their services in the region and hope to see NE on the SI (India) map soon.... More power to Sense International (India) and their efforts at empowering deafblind citizens of India....!!!

2 SISHNA ANAND

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My daughter Sishn Anand is 17 year old. she is completely Deaf& blind & is studying in Hellen keller institute, Mumbai.She is communicating very effectively with her parents,brother,fellow students & teachers . She is proficient in using the Power Braille at home also.She can also operate the computer independedntly. She is very active in cultural front like dancing,drama & sports also.She is very loving & affectionate girl with social inter-actions.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sense is a unique organisation working with deafblind. They are the only organisation in the country doing this incredible work. The visibility that deafblind people have got due to their efforts in praise worthy. Great work and with very vivid approach of involving multi stake holders