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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

6 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.

Bhushan P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of Sense International India from the day of inception. In fact, I was part of the interview committee which appointed the first Director. Subsequently, I was Chairperson of the Board as well. The growth of Sense India is truly unparalleled in respect of its spread, coverage, reach and penetration to remote areas as well. Due to efforts of Sense team, the services for persons with deafblindness are becoming a true reality. What a great achievement that the newly enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 recognizes deafblindness as a stand alone disability. Similarly, the Scheme of Provision of Assistive Devices to Persons with Disabilities also recognizes deafblindness and allocates resources for provision of need based devices to such persons. The Rehabilitation Council of India, a statutory body, also granted recognition to teacher training course for the teachers of the deafblind. It is all due to efforts of team of Sense India that representatives to this organization are now invited to most national level committees on promotion of various aspects of services for persons with disabilities. The Sense India on the occasion of celebration of 20 years of its meritorious services, has convened a national level conference for the educators. About 400 Special Educators shall be attending this conference. Even 4 months before the conference, it is fully booked and and there in no scope of new registration. Such a fantastic response speaks about the popularity of the organization among the special educators. The organization is well known for its transparency, accountability, statutory compliance and professional approach to all its activities and initiatives. According to me, Sense India is most efficiently managed, well governed and well respected non-profit organization with a clear mandate of providing individual need based services to persons with deafblindness. It is a matter of great honour for me that I have a true witness of growth, progress and success of this organization. It has emerged truly a national level, well spread and well respected voluntary organization.

(Explanation of picture - Thanks to Sense India that Shruti is the first deafblind girl who has completed University Level Diploma in Physiotherapy from BPA School of Physiotherapy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sense India is transparent and known for its accountability. As a member of the Board, I get notice for the Board meeting well in advance with agenda. All meeting are conducted in a very professional manner completely in conformity with the procedure laid under the Societies Registration Act. The selection of the Members of the Board is done a in a very democratic and professional manner. The organization is achieving 100 per cent statutory compliance in every respect. The organization is adhering to all the provision of Income Tax Act, Provident Fund Act, Gratuity Act, Indian Societies Registration Act and other relevant Act. For me, it is matter of honour to be first Chairman of the Board and now member of the Board.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen Sense India grow over 20 years, how the wonderful staff and partners have changed the lives of so many children and families. They have given hope to so many, truly inspiring work. Well done Team India. Gillian Morbey

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Like most people I had never heard of the disability 'deafblindness'. Somehow Sense India found me out and spoke of their vision to build a strong national organisation to serve deafblind people throughout India. I was inspired by the vision and what I learnt of the commitment of Akhil and his team to make the vision a reality. I joined the Board. Since those early days the achievements of Sense India have been remarkable. Now over 11,000 children receive direct support through a network of NGOs throughout India; and almost 40,000 receive some access to schooling through a government 'inclusive education' programme. To achieve this, community-level workers; carers; and educators are trained with the help of strategic 'Resource Centers' in North, South, East and West India. This work is strengthened by the steadily growing networks of deafblind people, families and educators. All this under National and State Level advocacy work which has led to the official acknowledgement of the Deafblind as a category within the disability sector... remarkable achievement indeed.

Since mid 2012 a strong policy of 'national resource mobilisation' has been established. This year about 40% of income will be realised from within India; and mostly from Individuals. A reflection of the communication skills of the newly recruited team. Communicating the cause of deafblindness is now recognised by Sense India as of equal importance to the 'programme' work. People affected by deafblindness need support from all sections of society. Strong communications makes this possible. An award which supports communications thus plays a vital role in expanding the understanding of deafblindness and building the support which brings the vision of deafblind people becoming an integral part of our society, closer to being achieved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is wonderful, well managed and professional organizaiton. It is well respected by other international organizations, national Government and other stakeholders. It is known for its innovative approaches to promotion of comprehensive rehabilitation of persons with deafblindness. It also very transparent, well managed and well respected.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sense International (India) has made a quite outstanding contribution to the cause of deaf-blindness in India; and also to other parts of the global network of Sense International. Its' model of direct support to a few organisations to establish specialist units; along with training of staff in the special skills required; and advocacy at the national level on the issue of deaf-blindness, to the extent of the central government and many state governments being aware of deaf-blindness - all adds up to a very significant contribution. Well done.