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Extending our support for children with deafblindness in Goa

17 January 2020

A child lying down being tested for hearing in India

Sense International India has been awarded a £91,380 grant to expand its programme for children and young people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments (MSI) in Goa.

The charity, which already supports people in north Goa, will now extend its services in south Goa, with a three-year programme in Ponda, Mormugao, Margao, Quepem and Dharbandora.

The programme will have a wide-reaching impact on children with deafblindness/ MSI and their families, including:

  • Screening babies for sight and hearing impairments
  • Providing access to inclusive education in schools and homes
  • Enrolling young people in vocational training programmes to gain help with setting up their own businesses
  • Providing assistive devices, such as hearing aids, to help with education and training
  • Training teachers and education professionals in inclusive education

The programme will develop children’s communication, mobility, confidence and cognitive abilities, improve understanding of disabilities for parents and families, and improve integration in, and acceptance by, the local community and wider society.

It will also promote the inclusion of deafblindness in government policies, improve access to welfare schemes, support parents to understand their and their children’s rights, and also teachers to exchange information.

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, said: “Without support, children with deafblindness/ MSI in south Goa face challenges with communication and mobility, leaving them largely excluded from their communities. The extension of our work into south Goa will ensure the best start in life and prospects for the future. Our programme will provide vital support in the crucial early stages of development and throughout childhood, leaving a legacy which will benefit many more children in the future.”

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019