Every child in India can learn.
But more than half of children with multiple disabilities have never been to school. Perkins India dedicates every day to bringing these children the education they want and deserve.
Perkins India brings learning to the estimated 1 million children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment in India. These children are the most likely to be left out of school. Many never experience the world outside their own home. Perkins India knows these children can learn and thrive. We see it happen every day.
The path to education for children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment begins with the right start in life and access to learning. Perkins India is making this happen.
75% of childrenWith multiple disabilities have a vision impairment
63% of childrenWith multiple disabilities are not enrolled in school
100% of childrenWith multiple disabilities need a specialized education
Perkins India bridges the gap between the health and education sectors to find children where they are and lead them on the path to education.
Screening and identifying children at the youngest age possible and referring them to appropriate services. Showing families that their child can learn.
Preparing children for learning and providing interventions that meet their needs. Equipping them and their families with the skills and resources necessary to access learning.
Building educational programs in schools and communities that meet the needs of all children.
Vinod is developing the skills to help on the family mango farm. He now interacts with other children in his neighborhood, and is enjoying life.
Mr. Imran Ishan’s father
“The biggest achievement which we feel so proud of is that he started going to a regular school… We are always grateful to the Perkins’ IDI team. Because of them Ishan’s life has completely changed.”
Backed by two centuries of global expertise from Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins’ work in India for the last 30 years has resulted in the creation and development of strong local institutions that demonstrate how children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment can participate in and learn about the world around them.
Shefali Kalra, a 2021-22 participant of the Perkins International Educational Leadership Program, shares a poem she was inspired to write after she started teaching children with disabilities.
Children in India are learning for the first time thanks to our partners and donors. Together we can reach even more children!