Recognising deafblindness

A large group of people waving arms in the airSense International India was invited by the Government to be a member of the drafting committee for the preparation of a new Disability Bill in 2011.

After 20 years of advocacy, deafblindness was recognised and included in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 by the Government of India

Celebrating the inclusion

Sense International India and over 150 participants (including people with disabilities) came together in Ahmedabad to celebrate the historic inclusion of the rights of people with deafblindness under Indian Law for the first time in December 2016. The Messengers on Cycles event saw cyclists pedal 12kms to spread awareness about deafblindness and show support to over 77,000 people with deafblindness in 22 Indian states.

This year’s cycle event also included innovative games for children and adults, including blindfolded football, blindfolded basketball, and Bollywood Zumba! At the end of the day, two professional physiotherapists with deafblindness helped the cyclists to cool off by leading them in simple stretches and exercises. This further reinforced the message that, given the right opportunity, every person with deafblindness can be an equal, contributing member of society.

First published: Tuesday 6 February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6 February 2018