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Nov 22, 2017

Mahesh is helping his father's business grow!

(Story from Rajasthan)

Mahesh was born deafblind, but his condition worsened after an infection in his eyes when he was ten years old. He was largely dependent on his family for his day-to-day activities. When he was 16, he enrolled in a home-based project run by Sense India and its partner.

 A special educator visited him thrice a week to help him perform his daily activities on his own. He learnt sign language and gestures to communicate his needs and learnt to identify colours, objects, toys, fruits, animals and birds.

Then at our vocational training unit, he learnt how to exchange goods for money. Soon, he was working in his father’s shop and making paper bags. Mahesh’s earnings from our income generation activities helped his father save enough money to buy a refrigerator.

His father’s shop now sells cold drinks. This means better income for the family. And it’s all thanks to Mahesh!

Aug 31, 2017

Amardeep learns to sign!

Amardeep ( Right in the Photo)
Amardeep ( Right in the Photo)

Amardeep  is ten years old, and lives in Patna with his parents. He can communicate with his parents and teachers, recognise his personal effects and he even knows the way to his school. Things weren’t always like this for Amardeep.

 

When he was just 8 days old, Amardeep suffered a complication after he contracted jaundice. It left him deafblind. When he turned five years old,

Amardeep joined our Early Intervention Centre where he received physiotherapy, special education and care at home.

 

His mother and special educators spent time with him and helped him learn to walk and become familiar with his surroundings. He learnt to interact with other children his age. Then two years ago, he joined the

Ashadeep project at the age of eight and began to learn a lot more! He can now communicate comfortably with his parents and teachers in sign language.

 

After some care by his parents and his special educators, Amardeep began to become more social. Amardeep is a quick learner and his teachers have already begun creating his Individualised Education Plan (IEP) to help him learn even more. His mother is thrilled that Amardeep is becoming more and more independent. “My son is learning a lot of things,” she says.

May 17, 2017

20 Years of Hope

In 1997, apart from one school in Mumbai, there wasn’t anyone working for or largely aware about children living with a disability known as deafblindness. The school in question did their best. Even when classrooms had reached their limit, they chose to run a waitlist. However, this also meant that deafblind children who needed immediate care and support would have to wait many months or even years until they received any services.

Realizing that one school was not enough to cater to deafblind children in the second-largest populated country in the world Since India laid its foundations in 1997. The motto was simple – “No child should travel more than 24 hours to receive services,” and the mission clear, “to provide equal rights and opportunities for deafblind children in India.”

On March 29, 2017, we celebrated Since India’s 20th anniversary. But we also celebrated how far we’ve come. From providing services to 23 children in '97 to reaching out to 77,000 children and adults with deafblindness, two decades later. But the road has been tough and riddled with obstacles. One of our biggest challenges has been the Indian Government’s delay in recognizing deafblindness as an official disability.

But on December 16, 2016, we received an early birthday present.

Our persistent advocacy won us a place in India’s Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016, where for the first time in Indian history, deafblindness was officially recognized as a disability and deafblind persons’ rights protected under Indian law.  

20 years later, we now reach out to support children and adults with deafblindness in 22 Indian states with 56 partners providing a variety of services. From screening very young babies for hearing and vision impairment to supporting deafblind adults with their own businesses, our successes would have hardly made an impact if it wasn’t for your belief in us.

We invite you to celebrate 20 years of fighting for hope for deafblind children. Remember, your support eradicated waitlists, ensured children with deafblindness go to the same school as their brothers and sisters and deafblind adults now work for large companies like Ernst and Young and Oracle.

Thank you for being such a great team! Here’s to another 20 years of providing hope and transforming lives!

 
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