Back in 1997, there was only one school in India providing education and other services to 23 deafblind children, in a country where there are an estimated 500,000 children and adults with this multi-sensory disability. To address this dire need, Sense International India, also known as Sense India was established in 1997 as the first national NGO in India to support the development of comprehensive services and training for deafblind people. Currently Sense India is working in 22 States of India through a network of 59 partner NGOs. Our work is transforming the lives of more than 78,000+ deafblind people – from isolation and neglect to communication, interaction and self-esteem.
We provide education for deafblind children, vocational training and livelihood support to adults, training for families and professionals, and help other NGOs to work with deafblind children and adults. We also advocate for the rights of deafblind people with communities, NGO networks and government to ensure that this disability does not isolate them in the society and that they are able to earn a livelihood and lead a productive life.
Less than 16% of India's deafblind people receive any form of support. Most deafblind children in India have no access to any kind of education, while some are sent to schools that lack the necessary skills and tools to help them develop. Most deafblind children in India still remain in total isolation at home owing to this disability.
With expert support and training, deafblind people can learn to use any residual vision or hearing and other senses to understand their world and to lead full and active lives. At the same time, their families can receive the hope and support they need to make the best choices for their future and livelihood.