Sense International India
Sense International India works for a unique and complex disability known as deafblindness.
Work and Achievements
Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability. Sense International India (also known as Sense India) is the only national level organisation supporting specialised services which enable deafblind children and adults to overcome the challenges caused by deafblindness.
95% of what we learn is through our eyes and ears. Imagine what it is like to be deafblind person. Deafblindness is mainly caused in India through Rubella (German measles) which combines varying degrees of both hearing and visual impairment. All deafblind individuals experience extreme challenges with communication and mobility; as well most have additional physical and medical conditions to overcome.
Sense India works nation-wide. It is estimated that there are about 500,000 people with deafblindness in India. Prior to establishment of Sense India, in 1997, only 23 children with deafblindness received support in Mumbai but today we have been instrumental in bringing hope in the lives of more than 78,000 people with deafblindness.
We combine individual, corporate, institutional and government support to work with a growing network of partner organisations. Our partners provide a wide range of services to identify deafblindness. We also create opportunities for children and young adults through home and centre based services to learn communication and daily-living skills and receive basic education and acquire income generating skills which lead to family-based productive activities and independent living.
Our USP: We are the first and only non-governmental organisation to support the development of comprehensive services for people with deafblindness throughout India. Sense India works with local, regional and national organisations to develop sustainable services for children and adults with deafblindness and we collaborate with the government at central and state levels.
Fund Utilisation Statement
The funds raised through ADHM will be used for medical and nutritional support of children with deafblindness. The funds will also be used to provide training and capacity building support to parents of children with deafblindness.