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Sense International celebrates progress since Global Disability Summit 2018

20 October 2019

Sense International is celebrating its achievements in promoting disability-inclusive development one year on from the first Global Disability Summit (GDS18) in 2018.

The summit in London was an ambitious and historic event, co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development, the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya. More than 170 governments and organisations made substantial commitments, while more than 300 pledged to join the summit’s ‘Charter for Change’.

Now, the ‘Global Disability Summit: One Year On’ report has been published, presenting the progress made. 

Sense International's committed to:

  • Promote education and skills development for women and girls with deafblindness Woman and young girl standing by a Singer sewing machine
  • Work with vocational training organisations to promote the inclusion of learners with deafblindness
  • Build the capacity of teachers and staff to include learners with deafblindness
  • Support the World Federation of the Deafblind to publish global reports on deafblindness every four years

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, said: “I’m delighted to see the excellent progress being made by everyone involved in the first-ever Global Disability Summit. We’re proud to have been a part of this important event and welcome the commitments made by governments and organisations around the world. Our vision is a world in which people with deafblindness can be equal and active members of society. The summit provided the international community with an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to realising the rights of people with disabilities, including those with deafblindness.”

Since the summit, Sense International has been running programmes in India, Bangladesh and Uganda to empower women and girls with deafblindness through education and vocational training. In India and Uganda, the charity has promoted the inclusion of learners with deafblindness in vocational training.

The capacity of teachers to include learners with deafblindness in education has increased in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda thanks to support from Sense International. This includes the development of online learning, training teachers and classroom learning assistants, and working with teachers at mainstream schools to understand and support inclusion.

In 2018, Sense International worked closely with the World Federation of the Deafblind to launch the first Global Report on Deafblindness.

Sense International also supported regional workshops in Uganda, Peru and Nepal to discuss the report with national leaders on deafblindness.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 4 April 2018