Missing Out report

Many people with deafblindness around the world are missing out on the support they need. Many miss out on the opportunity to attend school, access healthcare and the opportunity to benefit from international development. They also face discrimination and fear of their disability and this is even worse for disabled women and girls.

As a result, many people with deafblindness are shut away from society, often with only close family members knowing about their existence.

Sense International campaigns in the UK and at an international level to ensure that the needs of deafblind people aren’t forgotten in international development.

To stop children with deafblindness missing out it is vital that:

Three smiling deafblind children


Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) must prioritise disability in its education strategy and must recognise and make provision for the different needs of children with complex disabilities including deafblindness.


That universal delivery of the rubella vaccination is prioritised by governments and donors so we can move towards the eradication of the disease.


The double discrimination experienced by women and girls with a disability needs to be addressed urgently in international development work.

International support

The post 2015 international development framework ensures ‘No one is left behind’ and in particular that disabled people are included in the next set of targets.


FCDO must clearly acknowledge the needs of children with complex disabilities when reporting back with the new disability framework in November 2014 and ensure that aid programmes target their needs.


Sense International has created a report called 'Missing Out' which describes the experiences of children with deafblindness around the world.

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First published: Wednesday 10 September 2014
Last updated: Monday 7 September 2020