Sense International (India)
Sense International (India) is a registered charitable trust that works with deafblind people throughout India. Deafblindness is a unique disability, it is a combination of vision and hearing impairments in an individual.
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 people.. We also advocate for the rights of deafblind people with communities and government. Currently we are working in 21 states of India through a network of 45 partner organisations.
Our work is transforming the lives of more than 43,000 deafblind people – from isolation and neglect to communication, interaction and self-esteem. .
There are an estimated 485,000 deafblind people in India and less than 10% receive any form of support. Most of the 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.
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 the future.
Developed a network of 45 partners across the country to sustain the movement to support deafblindness related initiatives. Strengthened this further by a unique Mentoring programme and instituting 4 Regional Learning Centers.
Strategically aligned with the Government of India in their flagship Elementary Education programme- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) for inclusion of deafblind children in its mandate.
Mr. Akhil Paul, Director, Sense International (India) has been nominated on the Drafting Committee for the New Disability Act by the government of India.
Our Advocacy Officer-Zamir Dhale has been elected as a Board Member on the prestigious National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India).
Mr. Akhil Paul, Director, Sense International (India) is a part of SSA-Sub Committee formed for designing the training of teachers in regular schools in India.
Through our efforts states including Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Meghalaya have recognised deafblindness in its Disability Policy. We are now working with Rajasthan on similar lines.
Designed and initiated the first diploma course in "Special Education on Deafblindness", recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India.
2nd Floor, Administrative Block,
Andhajan Mandal Campus,
Opp. IIM, Vastrapur,
Mr. Akhil S . Paul