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20th July 2020 – 4th July 2020

Messenger on Cycles 2020 (Virtual)

20th July 2020 – 4th July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to live their lives from within their homes. As every Helen Keller week that Sense International India has celebrated in the past, this one was bound to be different. There was no parade of cycles going around the city. To keep the spirits of people high and still celebrate Helen Keller Day Sense India launched a virtual Messengers on Cycle Challenge. Our tradition of holding a cyclothon on the special day was shifted online where people registered for the event and sent videos of their creative ways of cycling from home. The virtual MOC challenge was from 20th of June to 4th of July, 2020. A total of 91 challengers and 25 innovative cycling submissions made Helen Keller Day special.

16th August 2020 - 30th September 2020

Sunfeast India Run as One Campaign

16th August 2020 - 30th September 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown impacted the livelihoods of many people. The Periodic Labour Force Survey projected 140 million informal workers who are at risk of losing their livelihoods due to the lockdown and the halt in economic activities. They are at risk of sinking deeper into poverty if the situation persists. Sunfeast India Run as One was a nationwide campaign to help people sustain their livelihoods. It partnered with Give India and Procam.

An integral component of our work is to provide vocational training and seed capital to adults with deafblindness to start small business and become micro-entrepreneurs to support their families. Over 130 deafblind adults have been supported to become micro-entrepreneurs and they have started businesses such as – Ration shop, Electric Works, Small Scale Poultry Farm, Bike and Cycle Repairing Shops, Book Shops, Cattle Rearing, Paper Plates, Bowls and Bag Making, Ironing shop, Canteen and Tiffin Service, Clothes Business etc. The lockdown and the pandemic has posed extreme difficulty and challenges for them as their customer turnover has been affected. Adults with deafblindness who use tactile sign language for communication have faced exclusion as people fear to touch them for communication. Sense International India selected 5 at risk adults with deafblindness whose vocations/trades have been affected. We will support them for reviving/expanding their current business. The project will serve as a lifeline for adults with deafblindness and their family members to withstand the negative impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.

2 September 2020

North-East State Network and Advocacy Meeting

2 September 2020

The states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam had their first online State Advocacy Meeting. The meeting was done in the presence of officials from state disability directorate, Social Welfare department, NCSCDA, CRC, DDRC and SMSA were present to interact with the participants. The meetings aimed to converge with initiatives of relevant state government departments, skill development agencies, and civil society organizations for inclusion of persons with deaf blindness. Parents, special educators and persons with deaf blindness interacted with government officials on a common platform to find solution for the rehabilitation needs of persons with deaf blindness. Every state had different concerns, but there were some common issues that crossed state borders. Issues of UDID, proper certification, expert doctors, disability pension and parents’ biggest concern of Life after them.

27th August
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Understanding the Need and Importance of Early Intervention by Ms. Sheela Sinha
  • Early Identification and Functional Assessment of Vision of Children with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Brahada Shanker

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

3rd September
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Early Identification and Functional Assessment of Hearing of Children with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Anntoinete Pavithra
  • Early Intervention and Functional Assessment of Communication of Children with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Sheela Sinha

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

17th September
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Understanding Basics of Sensory Integration by Mr. Sunil Gaurier
  • Developing ADL skills in Children with Deafblindness and MD by Mr. M. B. Chhetri / Ms. Priya Ann Aranjo

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

24th September
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Planning and Teaching Strategies for Children with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Dipti Karnad
  • Strategies for Developing Early Literacy of Children with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Sheela Sinha

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

15th October
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Introduction of Individualised Educational Plan for Children with Deafblindness and MD by Mr. Uttam Kumar/ Mr. Sachin Rizal
  • Assessing the Current Functioning Level of Persons with Deafblindness and MD by Mr. Deepak Krishna Sharma

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

29th October
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Prioritising and Writing Goals and Objectives for Persons with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Anuradha Bagchi
  • Teaching Strategies and Evaluation for Persons with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Nandita Saran

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

5th November
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Developing Literacy for Persons with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Dipti Karnad
  • Teaching Academics for Persons with Deafblindness and MD by Ms. Priya Ann Aranjo

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

26th November
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness - Series 2

Topics:

  • Transition Planning of Persons with Deafblindness & MD by Mr. P. Srinivasan & Ms. Mercy Chingnunmuang
  • Understanding Inclusive Education for Students with Deafblindness & MD by Mr. Rashmikant Mishra & Ms. Kalyani Jadhav

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

3rd December
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Event name: National Webinar on Deafblindness series 2 THEME- Understanding Acts and Polices for Persons with Deafblindness and Multiple Disabilities

Topics:

  • Panel discussion on the Rights of Persons with Deafblindness and Multiple Disabilities(youth participation) by Mr. Parag Namdeo/ Mr. Deepak Krishna Sharma

Target Group: Special Educators, Therapists & Caregivers

Venue: Online

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