Part sponsor a mentor to train special educators by Sense International (India)

Part sponsor a mentor to train special educators

Impact

Miss Bagchi, a teacher to reckon by

Ms. Anuradha Bagchi is the Director of the Department of Education at Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind, Mumbai. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of deafblindness and has been providing mentoring support to various partner organisations of Sense India for more than ten years. Currently, a mentor at the National Association for the Blind, Dhule, Maharashtra; she says she learns something new with each of her visits. One of her learnings include, Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) for the children with deafblindness.

The mentoring visits by Ms.Bagchi have helped Sense International to understand the specific needs of a child with deafblindness. She also counsels parents and helps them take life decisions for their children, including their education and health. Additionally, she is a great motivator for the team, who encourages her team to provide the best services to the children they are mentoring. She also helps them develop skills in assessing behavioural issues of a child with deafblindness to be able to support them in their growth.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Special Education
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Educators in the newly initiated deafblind program of Sense International (India) need mentoring to understand the needs of children with deafblindness. The organization resolves this problem by providing regular mentoring support by senior practitioners. Currently there are 19 mentors supporting over 180 educators and staff members at various partner organisations.

Each mentor supports two organisations and provides guidance to educators, parents and students with deafblindness at each supported organisation. The primary aim of the mentoring programme is to provide educators with an opportunity to share their experiences and fears and to develop their skills to help the deafblind children better. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the development of local expertise within India by facilitating the exchange of information between experienced and less experienced practitioners.

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About The NGO

Sense International (India)
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Sense International (India)

Sense International (India)'s vision is of a world in which all deafblind children and adults can be full and active members of society.

In 1997, when Sense International India first started its work, there was only one deaf-blind service in the country reaching out to just 23 children. But in the last two decades we have succeeded in reaching out to more than 77, 500 deafblind people and their families through a network of 59 partners across 22 states.

Akhil S. Paul is the Director and Founder member of Sense International India. He is the Former Vice President of Deafblind International (DBI), a world association promoting services for deafblind people. He is also the Founder Member of the Board of the National Trust for Welfare of People with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities. He is also the recipient of HSBC- Indo British Award - 2003 for outstanding services to deafblind people in India. He has also received the Young Leader Award in the Community Service and Social Upliftment category at the prestigious Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM Lucknow National Leadership Awards.

Full time staff - 0

Part time staff - 0

Consultants - 2

Contract staff - 45

Volunteers - 2

Total Receipts for 2016-2017 - INR 76424415

Total Payments for 2016-2017 - INR 73272282

No. of deafblind people provided with need based educational and rehabilitation services, with an increased awareness about deaf-blind - 157

No. of deafblind people impacted - 2100

No. of deafblind people being provided with need-based early intervention; hospital based neonatal hearing screening of babies - 37

No. of deafblind people impacted - 317

No. of deafblind people impacted by strengthening of Regional Learning Centre (RLC) & Early Intervention centres - 2180

No. of children impacted - 12

No. of deafblind people impacted - 62

No. of deafblind people impacted - 40

No. of deafblind children impacted - 66

Rewards & Recognition

In 2017, Sense International India was awarded the Gujarat NGO Leadership Awards by the World CSR Day & World Sustainability Forum Development of Individuals with deafblindness

In 2017, Sense International India was awarded the Great Non- profits Top- Rated Awards by the Great Non- profits Top- Rated Development of Individuals with deafblindness

In 2016, Sense International India was awarded the Accredited by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) Development of Individuals with deafblindness

In 2016, Sense International India was awarded the Gold Certification by the GuideStar India Development of Individuals with deafblindness

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Akhil Paul

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

education | differently abled

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Gujarat

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2017: Edelgive Social Innovation Honours 2012

2013: Ahilyabai Holkar Award

2017: Best Organization in Policy and Advocacy

2016: Best NGO in T.B eradication

2016: Healers of India Award

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 March, 2021

Mentoring support to 2 disability NGOs for working with deafblind children

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Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability where a child has both hearing and vision impairment at the same time. It leads to complex challenges in communication, mobility and access to information. Sense International India is the leading organisation in India, supporting other NGOs for running their deafblind programmes.


Rehabilitation of persons with deafblindness across the country is gaining momentum. The recognition of deafblindness in Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act -2016 (RPWD) has enabled to gain this momentum. Most of the organisations providing services to the persons with deafblindness feel the need of expertise training to be provided for their staffs. This need has lead Sense International India to provide “Mentoring support” for the partner organizations and enable them to deliver quality services for the person with deafblindness.


Mentoring training is provided for giving hand holding training to the special educator and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) workers. The mentors are the experts in the field disability rehabilitation with a specialization on deafblindness. The mentors share their knowledge and skills with the special educators and CBR workers. This enables them to increase the quality of services which they are providing for the children with deafblindness. Mentors provide child specific training to special educators and CBR workers. Mentors also interact with the parents and address the child specific needs. Child specific intervention will be formulated by the mentors from the feedback of special educators, CBR workers and parents. They also revise the strategies as per the individualized educational program for providing better services and improving the skills of the child with deafblindness.


Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it was not possible to provide onsite mentoring support. Hence, mentoring was provided online. In the reporting period mentoring support was provided to our 2 partner organisations – National Association for the Blind, Shrirampur and National Association for the Blind, Nashik. 7 children with deafblindness in Shrirampur and 5 children with deafblindness in Nashik were present during the online mentoring visit with their parents. Their individualised education plans were reviewed by the mentors and inputs were provided to their special educators and parents on how the learning of children can be improved and what additional steps can be taken. This has proven very useful for the staff of the 2 partner organisations to provide quality care and services to deafblind children.



5 July, 2020

Mentors supporting Educators with Deafblind Children

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Mentors supporting Educators with Deafblind Children




Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability. Educators in the initiated deafblind programme face problems in addressing the needs of children with deafblindness. The role of the mentor is of a guide and a facilitator. The primary aim of the mentoring programme is to provide deafblind educators with an opportunity to share their experiences and fears, seek information from mentors and develop skills thereby reducing the feeling of isolation. The purpose of the programme is to contribute to the development of local expertise within India by facilitating the exchange of information between experienced and less experienced practitioners or those new to the deafblind field.
Mentors are senior practitioners who have developed their expertise in the deafblind field over the years. Sense India through its quarterly reports and field trips to partner organisations helps in identifying various support areas for the mentor and they also do the need assessment before visiting any partner organisation. Mentors are provided with an honorarium on per project basis and they visit a deafblind programme twice in a year.
Each mentor supports up to 2 organisations and provides guidance to educators, parents and students with deafblindness at each supported organisation. One mentor spends at least 3 days in one visit at the partner organisation. Currently there are 19 Mentors supporting over 180 educators, and staff members at various partner organisations. Youd donations go towards facilitating the mentor visits to ensure deafblind children receive quality and support.