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Comprehensive Disability Inclusion Programme

Sightsavers India’s project promotes inclusive education, tackles socioeconomic challenges for individuals with disabilities, and enhances social inclusion through a three-pillar framework.


Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers India)

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Social causes


SDGs covered

Endorsed by

Educate Girls

Market of Implementation

  • India


Sightsavers India has identified the problems below occurring in India, where people with disabilities are severely affected.
  • Inadequate access to quality education for children with disabilities.
  • Negative perceptions and discriminatory attitudes towards individuals with disabilities.
  • Limited opportunities for livelihoods, employment, and personal growth for people with disabilities.
  • Low awareness about inclusive education and the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Persistent physical, social, and economic barriers hindering full participation of individuals with disabilities.
  • Scarce resources and insufficient training support for disability employment.
  • Limited empowerment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
  • Social exclusion and isolation experienced by people with disabilities due to societal prejudices and attitudes.
It is clear that there is a pressing need to tackle these issues in India, and Sightsavers India has the solution for this.


At Sightsavers India, we aim to address the issues affecting people with disabilities through the following ways:
  1. Improving access to quality education for children aged 5-18 with visual impairment and disabilities involving collaborating with Government schools, Parents, School Management Committees (SMCs), and the community.
    • This includes providing assistive devices, educational materials, teacher training, and ICT-supported education to ensure equitable and quality education while strengthening the inclusive education system.
  2. Empowering individuals with disabilities (PWDs) aged 18+ through training and social inclusion programs, extending social security benefits and economic opportunities via comprehensive verification.
  3. To create job and livelihood opportunities for PWDs, target priority blocks within the district offering training and support in various trades.
    • Collaboration with employers and advocacy for policy changes will be key.
  4. Raising awareness about inclusive education and disability rights, fostering an inclusive environment in all aspects of life.
For more information on our solution, do refer to our Slide Deck.

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