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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

11 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I HAVE BEEN DONATING TO SENSE INTERNATIONAL INDIA SINCE LAST 6 YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN DOING SOME FANTASTIC WORK IN INDIA FOR DEAF BLINDNESS AND CREATING AWARENESS IN THIS SECTOR.

I WISH TO ALSO CONGRATULATE THE TEAM OF SENSE INDIA FOR GETTING DEAF BLINDNESS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE DISABILITIES AND IS NOW PART OF THE "THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2016". THIS WILL POSITIVELY IMPACT THE LIVES OF MANY FAMILIES ACROSS INDIA.

THEIR AWARENESS DRIVES SUCH AS MESSENGERS ON CYCLES ARE SOME UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THAT WE GET TO SHARE WITH DEAF BLIND PERSONS.

I FULLY SUPPORT THE PASSIONATE TEAM OF SENSE INDIA AND CONGRATULATE THEM

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sense india is one of the few NGOs I have known working selflessly in the field of deaf blindness which is rare. Their passion for work and the commitment is to be applauded.

I have seen their work and have always admired the dedication of the saff.

Congratulations to Akhil and his team for working with deaf blindness for over 2 Decades now.

Am sharing a photo of the promotional event done by sense india - messenger on cycles .

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Donor

Rating: 5

I still remember the day I stepped into Sense India's office in A'bad where I met team of SI, driven to fulfill the vision of organisation of bringing meaning into the lives of deafblind children & adults and become active members of the society. I got an opportunity to work with Sense India and I have witness wonderful transformation of deafblind individual. Sense India is the only organisation working for deafblindness along with their teachers and parents across India. 20 years of changing lives and with our support they can reach out to many more in another 20 years!

Donor

Rating: 5

The team at Sense International India is one with passion towards persons with deafblindness and they are reaching out to more of the unidentified day by day. All the best as you make it to greater heights.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Sense India is a well-governed vibrant team of committed professionals who give their best in reaching out to persons with deafblindness. The philosophy of working with partner organisations helps reach out to the maximum and the long term relationship with organisations around India is indeed impressive and a commendable achievement.
Best wishes for the milestones to be left behind in the coming years!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Sense India for the last 4 years. I have stayed with them and supported their work because I have seen first hand the work they do with Deafblind children and how they ensure that all the funds they raise goes towards the beneficiaries.

6 Shivang C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Who says Sense India is a non-profit !!
1000rs Donated to Sense International India is like donating 2000rs. Their hard work really shows when you see them training the deaf blind people. Not only do they take care of these challenged people but help them take care of themselves. !!!
Sense International India has definitely got a lot in them to get noticed and I see tonnes of profit for the deafblind people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My association with Sense International started more than 10 years ago when they hired the selfless leader Akhil Paul as their Director for India. I applaud him and his team for doing what they do everyday and give their lives for the well-being and education of the children that they help become part of our community.

The sad world that we live in still looks at disability as a nuisance and these children with multiple disabilities go through tough times to finally get help from associations like Sense International. If you ever get the opportunity, my recommendation would be to visit these children. For no fault of theirs, they are born with these disabilities. Me and my wife believe that all of us should be thankful for all the blessings we each have and help these children.

Once again, can't thank Akhil Paul and his team for doing for what they are doing.
Regards,
Javid Baig

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Donor

Rating: 5

First of all let me say that I have never seen a selfless organization than Sense International. The entire management team is hands on and experts in working with children who have multiple dis-abilities. The team at Sense International works with children who are deaf and blind. By helping these children to become self-reliant these saintly folks are giving life to them. When i have heard stories from Akhil Paul, Director of Sense International in Asia i have cried. Stories were children were found in villages who have never been out of the hut they live in shunned by society. The only person who would interact with them were their mothers. I applaud Akhil and his team for being the light in the lives of such needy children. I urge each and every one of you to open your heart and contribute to this great cause. You can reach me at javidbaig@gmail.com if you have any further questions or clarifications. Thank you Akhil and your team for doing this and helping the world to be a better place.

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Donor

Rating: 3

Sense International has been really making a great move towards uplifting the deaf-blind children. They have transformed the lives of people across India and helped them feel special irrespective of their disabilities. The young & motivating team of Sense International has been taking various initiatives to promote awareness in people to come forward and extend a helping hand for these children. I really feel honored that I got an opportunity to do something for the wellness of society and thanks to Sense International India, who gave me this opportunity. I wish the entire team All The Best.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sense India is run by a great team and addressing a very important and unique cause that requires much care and patience - working with deafblindness. I have met with them and are confident that they will make the difference they seek to create with deafblindness in India and across South Asia.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Sense India for over 10 years. During that period, I have been amazed at the outstanding work that Akhil and his team have performed to improve the lot of the less-fortunate.