Our work in India

 

Sense International is working throughout India to ensure that children and adults with deafblindness and multiple disabilities can access advice, support and opportunities to be active members of society. 

In India, an estimated 27.3 million people live with a mild form of deafblindness and over 2.5 million live with a severe form of deafblindness.*

Few people with deafblindness in India receive specialist support. This significantly reduces their ability to reach their potential and thrive as individuals. Sense International India is the only national-level organisation providing services, information and training to support people with deafblindness across the country. 

We ensure that children with deafblindness are given the best start in lifeWe work in partnership with hospitals to screen infants for sight and hearing impairments. We also make sure that children with deafblindness receive specialist therapies to help them interact, communicate and move around, and that their parents are well supported. 

We help children with deafblindness to reach their potential through an individualised approach to education. We support the process of developing education plans based on a child’s individual needs. We also work with schools and teachers so that they know how to adapt the curriculum for students with deafblindness and create an inclusive learning environment. 

We help adults with deafblindness to become independent by starting their own business. We support people with deafblindness to identify an area of interest and develop a business concept together with their family members. We also provide relevant training and seed funds to get their business off the ground. 

We work closely with government to make sure that people with deafblindness are considered in policy and practice. We build awareness about deafblindness and provide information and support to people with deafblindness so that they can advocate for their rights. Our efforts led to the recognition of deafblindness as a unique disability in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. 

Early identification

Early identification

3,596 babies

were screened for sight and hearing impairments last year

Inclusive education

Inclusive education

63,500+ children

with deafblindness are receiving a school-based education as part of our collaboration with the Indian Government

Service provision

Service provision

15,783 children and adults

with deafblindness in 23 states receive quality services through our programmes with a network of partner organisations

 

* Figures based on prevalence estimates produced as part of research by the World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB). This data may differ from official government statistics.
World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB), 2018 At risk of exclusion from CRPD and SDGs implementation: Inequality and persons with deafblindness.