Sense International helps deafblind people in less developed countries to communicate, connect, interact and flourish
Sense International provides specialist training, information and support to ensure that every person living with deafblindness can achieve their full potential
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Sense International works in partnership to provide services and raise awareness of the needs of deafblind people and their families so they can connect, participate and contribute to their communities.
The Guardian/Observer Christmas AppealThank you to The Guardian and Observer for choosing Sense International as a charity for their Christmas appeal.
Funds generated from the appeal will help us support deafblind people in some of the poorest parts of the world. Many lead short, isolated lives but with our support they can thrive, communicate and live life.
To profile our work, The Guardian has featured our newly-developed community-based rehabilitation project in Gujurat, India.
Estimates suggest that there are about half a million deafblind people living in India of whom SI has reached almost 50,000. Clearly, only a very small proportion receive any support from either the state or non-government organisations working with disabled people.
SI India is the only national organisation in India working exclusively to meet the need of deafblind and multiply-disabled people. Currently we work in 20 states.
One area of our work is in community based rehabilitation in Gujarat training field workers/special educators to identify deafblind children and provide different therapies and services – including training for deafblind people and their families at their homes in the villages.
Rehabilitation is applied through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families and communities, and the appropriate health, education, vocational and social services. The focus is on empowering the families to take on responsibility over a period of time.
This is just one of many examples of Sense International’s work across India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Peru and Romania.