By the end of this one year project we will have trained 100 teachers to identify and assess deafblind children, to develop individual support plans and to use a variety of communication systems. We will also have trained community workers from two existing local disability organisations to offer community based rehabilitation services to deafblind children in their homes. They will identify, assess and provide services for deafblind children who otherwise would have had no access to support. In total, an additional 55 children and their families will be able to access appropriate, quality services to build life skills and develop independence as a result of this project. Seven deafblind adults will also have access to vocational support in two occupational workshops.
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We estimate that there are approximately 2,000 deafblind children in Peru. To date, only 1% (20 children) have been identified and are accessing services. The project strategy is therefore to: ‚Ä¢ build a large network of people across the country who can identify deafblind children ‚Ä¢ train teachers and community workers to develop individual education plans providing the most appropriate education and rehabilitation services for these children and their families. Some children will be able to access education in a mainstream school setting whilst others will require community based rehabilitation within their homes. Sense International is determined to provide as holistic a range of services covering assessment, rehabilitation, education and vocational opportunities, so that we can reach the most isolated and needy children with services which will transform their lives.
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