Our year 2022/23

We are a small charity with a big impact because of the way we work.

Last year over 60,000 young children were screened for deafblindness, thousands more received educational support, vocational training and help to establish livelihoods.

Partnership is central to what we do – partnership with people with deafblindness, their families, communities, health and education professionals, organisations of people with disabilities, and governments.

We work directly with local people and local organisations to find and share knowledge, skills, and expertise. This way, vital support can continue into the future in a sustainable way. 

Early Intervention 60,000 children

around the world were screened for sight and hearing impairments last year.

Inclusive education 7,939 children

with deafblindness received specialist educational support at home or in school last year.

Vocational training 1,205 young people

with deafblindness gained vocational skills to find work or establish a livelihood last year.

Rubella vaccination 18 million children

have received a rubella vaccination following our work with the Government of Uganda to initiate the country’s first ever rubella vaccination campaign.

Deafblindness training 9000 +

Teachers, health workers, professionals and decision-makers were trained on deafblindness last year.

1. Early Identification

From the moment a child is born, they need to communicate. Early identification of deafblindness is vital so children can get the support they need as soon as possible. In many countries, health services lack the capacity, equipment and trained staff to do this. We work with health professionals and governments so more children can be supported now and in the future.

Across Sense International this year:

“My child has begun to hold his neck up and move it from side to side without letting his head drop. Gani has also started reaching out for small toys and is comfortable being held by his special educator and physiotherapist.”

Gani’s mother, India
A child recieving visual therapy. He is lay on a mat and objects are being used to stimulate his vision.

2. Inclusive Education

Every child has the right to an education, but children with deafblindness are too often denied the chance to learn and develop their potential.

This year we supported:

“My village community all thought Dorcas would never go to school, let alone all the things she is doing now independently!”

Amani, Dorcas’s mother, Kenya
A happy girl sitting in a classroom

3. Vocational Training

Like anyone their age, young people with deafblindness want to be as independent as possible, to earn a living and contribute towards their families and communities. Empowering young people with deafblindness to run their own small businesses not only fosters independence, but also breaks down stereotypes and paves the way for a more inclusive society.

Our key achievements with young adults include:

“I never thought anything good would happen to me, but after joining the workshop, I feel like I can achieve anything. Now, I have found a guiding hand.”

Kumaresh, Bangladesh


The voices of people with deafblindness must be heard by decision-makers and wider society. This is essential if we are to break down the barriers that prevent people with deafblindness from living to their full potential. Advocacy is key to achieving system change and sustainability.

Our key advocacy wins last year include:

“If I could give one message to people with deafblindness across Tanzania it would be to come together and unite to face our shared struggle. We are much stronger together.”

Mwanasha, Tanzania

Read the full story in our latest Impact Report