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Sense International Peru celebrates advocacy success

14 July 2021

A young man sitting down wearing glasses, clapping. Two other people sit beside him.

Sense International Peru is celebrating a historic milestone in their advocacy work, after the Government published guidelines for the establishment of interpreters for people with deafblindness.

Sense International Peru has been actively advocating for the implementation of the disability rights legislation in Peru since its enactment in 2010.

A key focus of this work has been to lobby for the establishment of interpreter guides for people with deafblindness. The interpreter guides will enable the social inclusion of people with deafblindness who require specialised support with communication and social environments.

Without specialist interpreters, people with deafblindness would be excluded from the positive changes the legislation is bringing and the commitments in the legislation to equal participation and independence would be lost.

A milestone for people with deafblindness

The publication of the guidelines is an important milestone in the fulfilment of rights for people with deafblindness and will contribute significantly to inclusion in Peru, representing a model for other Latin American countries which are beginning the process of recognising deafblindness.

Emma Judge, Interim Director of Sense International, said:

“This is a fantastic step along the way to ensuring fulfilment of disability rights in Peru. After a very challenging year, to establish legal regulations committing any future government to progressing the rights of people with deafblindness is a huge achievement. Congratulations to the team at Sense International Peru for their tireless advocacy work.”

Peru is one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, lockdown restrictions are in place and Sense International will continue to adapt its programmes where possible to provide support to people with deafblindness and their families.

Find out more

Learn more about the work that Sense International Peru does.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019