Education  India Project #20789

Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India

by Sense International (India)
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Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India
Help Educate 250 Deafblind Children in India

Mittal or fondly called Honey is the apple of her family’s eyes. 21 years old Mittal lives with her parents and elder sister at her home in Surendranagar district. Her father is a small businessman and her mother is a homemaker. Her sister became a physiotherapist for her and gives her therapy at home. Mittal likes to hang out with her and listen to music. She has fear of hanging things, therefore doesn’t like curtains.

Mittal has blindness with cerebral palsy. She also suffers from epilepsy and is wheelchair-bound. According to her parents, Mittal slipped from the doctor’s hand when she was just 3 days old. The incident damaged her brain resulting in multiple disabilities. She joined in 2008 when her parents came to know about the Programme through one of the physiotherapists at a centre she was going for her treatment.

Before joining the programme, Mittal was confined to her home, mostly her bed. She was very shy and did not talk to anyone. She would cry to get her family’s attention when she was hungry and would even wet the bed. After her enrolment in the Centre, she has been showing continuous improvement. In the last six months, the project team has focussed on her cognitive skills, menstrual hygiene communication and fine and gross motor skills.  With the training, she can now welcome the guests who come to her home, tries to socialise with new people and express her needs to her family.

Her parents have become more confident in interacting with her. She can identify her family by their voices. Mittal can also identify the objects near her and makes sound gestures for her needs like water, food, and toilet.

For the coming months, the educator will work with Mittal so that she can understand when the teacher says yes and be able to hold potato, tomato and comb. Also, in the longer run,  the educator will work with her to be able to fill vegetables in the bags.

Mittal’s mother is quite active and comes regularly to the Centre for the meetings. She and the rest of the family are very supportive of Mittal and want her to be independent in her life.

Her mother expressed her satisfaction and gratitude for her teachers. Mittal is very happy with her teachers and follows all their instructions. We would like her to be always happy this way.”

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Sirsha to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.


We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Sania learning in the group
Sania learning in the group

Sania was born on 23rd January 2008. She was identified as a child with visual impairment soon after birth. However, she was brought up by her mother and grandparents who love her a lot. She was sent to Jyothi Seva Blind School in Bangalore at the age of three for her pre-primary education, but they refused to admit her due to her multiple disabilities. Instead, she was referred to Mathru School for the Blind. At that time, she had difficulty in expressive communication and only used gestures for communication.

In June 2017, she was enrolled in the deafblind programme with our partner organisation. After joining the programme, proper assessment was carried out and based on that she was given training on:

  • Communication, using sign language
  • Finger spelling
  • Socialisation
  • Orientation and Mobility 

Later, she was Sania was integrated to the hearing-impaired section. Today she is studying in 5th Standard.

With proper training and appropriate intervention today, Sania -

  • Communicates through sign language
  • Does finger spelling
  • Has improved in socialisation
  • Counts till 100
  • Can write spellings of small words with 4-5 letters
  • Does simple additions
  • Can copy the words from text to notebook

Her parents are pleased with the progress she has made and are supportive of her completing her studies through 10th grade and then moving on to higher education. With their continued help, it will be possible for her to achieve her goals.

Heena, her mother says, “When Sania was born, I was totally upset and had no idea about the interventions to be given, but when my daughter joined in the programme for persons with deafblindness, we could provide the right interventions and I am thankful to everyone who are supporting her. “

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Sania to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Sirsha, a 16 year old boy from Kolkata, is the only child of his parents. He has total blindness and multisensory impairment with motor issues. Currently, he is studying in class tenth at the Louis Braille School for the Sightless.

Sirsha was enrolled in the Sense India centre in 2014. Initially, Sirsha was an audio learner as he was not able to learn braille as he was not able to hold the stylus due to his motor issues. Despite these adversities, he hasn’t lost hope. He is very hardworking and sharp minded and is therefore able to follow whatever he is listening. He is even able to recite Bengali poems. He needs regular medication for his neurological conditions.

After joining the Sparsh Programme, his mother has been getting regular counselling to support him in a more effective way. With the help of the occupational therapy sessions, his mother learnt to modify the tools as per his needs. Now he is able to get better grip of the spoon by wrapping thicker cloth over its handle. This has reduced dependency on his mother.

Sirsha’s educator believes that with his commitment and support from his mentors and family, he will be able to pass 10th exam and go for higher studies. In the coming months, he will give mock tests with the help of a scribe and will be able to walk properly with the help of cane.

Sirsha’s mother is positive about his progress and diligently follows the instructions given by therapist. She is also a member of the parent’s network group.

His mother said, “I had never thought Sirsha can reach class 10th but now I believe he can even pass it with flying colours. I am so thankful to each person of the team who has helped my son to reach here.”

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Sirsha to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Maheshwari is a 14 years old girl from a small village, Boriya near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. She has low vision and bilateral moderate hearing loss since birth due to Rubella Syndrome. She stays in a hostel for Girls with Disabilities from Monday to Friday and in the weekend go to meet her family. Her parents work in a farm. Her father lost his job during Covid-19 in Ahmedabad which forced him to shift to village and work in farms to ern his daily wages to meet family needs.

Maheshwari joined the deafblind centre in Ahmedabad in February 2021. During that time, she didn’t like to talk to anybody except her mother and brother. She is independent in her daily living activities. Though, she has been enrolled in mainstream school but she is faces difficulty in coping with curriculum as she is unable to read from the black board and understand what teacher is saying.

After joining the programme, Maheshwari learnt to sit and mingle with other class mates and play with them. She learnt to express her needs to teachers. She uses sign language and speech for communication. Maheshwari regularly wears hearing aid and glasses. Maheshwari loves to chat with other girls, watch dance programs. She even participates in drama.

Now, Maheshwari is confident in communicating with other students and hostel mates. She is staying independently in hostel and participates in various group activities of the centre. Her parents are very supportive.

His proud father and says "Maheshwari is learning new skills and is becoming smarter day by day.

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Maheshwari to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams.

We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfil the mission of the Non-Profit Organisations like Sense India.


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Deafblindness is a unique disability due to which the children and adults face challenges is fulfilling their educational needs. Sense International India has been striving to support them by providing resources and need based trainings so that they are able to access education.

Hriday is a 15-year-old young adult with deafblindness from Tripura. He has Nystagmus (an involuntary movement of the eye which may cause the eye to move rapidly from side to side, up-down or in a circle which causes the vision to blur), restricted vision field, speech impairment, hearing impairment in his right ear along with poor functioning of the legs. Hriday is very enthusiastic guy who looks forward to learning something new every day.

Sense India met Hriday in 2020. He was good at finding his way around the house but lacked in academics. The first challenge Hriday tackled was to learn sign language and numbers. He could sign 'Good Morning' and began to recognise and write numbers from 0 to 3. He could recognise colours, throw a basketball upto two feet and started to read two letter Bengali words like 'Jal' and 'Kal'.

Hriday's name means "Heart" in Bengali and Hindi, and we believe that is why he does everything from the heart. His parents say, "He has made so much progress in such a short time! If we give him some time, we are sure he will progress so much more." Hriday's teacher says, "It's so much fun to teach him as he learns from the heart."

Hriday wants to lead an independent life and is working towards it with the help of his dedicated educator and a loving family.

The support received from donors through GlobalGiving has helped Sense India to provide the required resources and training to so many children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities like Hriday to enable them to access education and bringing them closer to their dreams. We thank GlobalGiving providing such a platform to fulfill the mission of the Non- Profit Organisations like Sense India.

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Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
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Shivkumar Sharma
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
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