The Need

Perkins India is committed to changing the lives of children with MDVI — children who are at the greatest risk of being left behind. Being born with multiple disabilities and visual impairment — as opposed to a single disability — means these children are among the most vulnerable in the world. Here’s why:

  • Many medical professionals lack the expertise to appropriately screen newborns for visual impairment, whether they are born in a city hospital or at home in a remote village.
  • Children with MDVI born to families living in rural areas of India can experience some of the most severe challenges, compounded by social taboos and poverty.
  • Children with MDVI receive incorrect diagnoses and lose years of early development, which are foundational to success in school and life.
  • Most schools are not equipped to successfully educate children with a complex profile like MDVI, so families have no choice but to keep them at home.
  • Many families struggle to understand their children’s learning needs; while they care deeply about their children and want them to have the best possible future, they do not know where to turn for assistance and resources.

How big is the problem?

We estimate there are at least 1 million children with MDVI in India -- the majority unidentified and isolated at home. These children deserve the chance to be included at school, and to discover and explore their potential.


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