Training Module on
Section 1 Introduction Section 2 Acknowledgements Section 3 About Deafblindness Introduction to Deafblindness Educational Aspects Orientation and Mobility 5 4 3
Deafblindness is a unique disability- a combination of visual and hearing impairment. Though the
degree of deafness or blindness varies, the combination of dual sensory loss leads to unique problems in an individual’s communication, mobility and their ability to access information. Because 95% of what we learn about the world comes through sight and hearing, deafblind children face unique challenges in communication, mobility and accessing information; making deafblindness one of the most isolating disabilities. Deafblindness is a low incidence disability and is hidden in community. There is no data available regarding the size of the deafblind population in India as, to date there has been no comprehensive study or research to determine the true incidence. Estimates, based on information gathered from community based projects, indicate that there could be more than 450,000 deafblind/ multiple disabled people in the country. Sense International (India) was established in 1997 as the first national NGO in India to support the development of comprehensive services for deafblind people. Sense International (India) supports local organisations to develop sustainable services for deafblind people. Today SI (I) works with 39 partners in 19 states providing services to over 32,000 deafblind people. Our Key achievements include: deafblindness now officially recognised by the National Trust, Government of India; a dedicated Deafblind Teacher Training Programme; a national resource and information centre on deafblindness has been established and networks of families and teachers and deafblind people have been established. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is an effort by the Government of India to universalise elementary education by community-ownership of...