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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

14 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

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