Successful local campaigning

As well as campaigning at an international level, Sense International campaigns successfully in the countries where we work.

A boy in a wheelchair with an orange campaigning sign behind himFor example:

In Kenya

Deafblindness is now recognised as a unique disability under the Basic Education Act (2012).

In Tanzania

The second draft of the proposed New Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania has a mention on deafblindness.

Through our advocacy work we are lobbying the Government to develop a cadre of Teaching Assistants so that more children with complex disabilities can access education in inclusive classrooms.

In Uganda

Kyambogo University, which is a public university, has accredited a year-long certificate course on deafblindness to be run by the University. This is the first of its kind in the country.

Through our advocacy work with the Ministry of Education, provision for the education of children with deafblindness has been included in these draft policies:  National Inclusive Education Policy and the Uganda National Examinations Board Policy.

In India

Deafblindness was recognised and included in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 by the Government of India. Sense International (India) was part of the drafting committee.

Sense International (India) now has consultative status with the United Nations.

In Bangladesh

Deafblindness has been included in the government's disability law.

Following continuous advocacy with the Department of Youth and Sports Development a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between CDD and the Department of Youth Development. As an outcome of this MOU, people with deafblindness will be able to receive training from government vocational institutions under their remit.

In Romania

Deafblindness was legally recognised in Romania in 2006 as a distinct disability and appropriate services for deafblind people have been established.

In Peru

Recognition of deafblindness as unique disability at regional and national levels and inclusion of deafblindness in the national plans on human rights and vulnerable groups.

Validation of alternative communication systems for people with deafblindness with the support of the Ministry of Education.

First published: Monday 19 August 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 21 February 2018