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India's first online teacher training course for people with deafblindness launched

Sense International India (SII) has launched India's first online teacher training course for educators of people with deafblindness.

The number of people who are deafblind in India could be over five lakh, but there are no records. Experts say that deafblindness is complex disability as it becomes very challenging to communicate given that 95% of communication happens through these two senses.

SII has been supporting, educating, creating awareness, and providing opportunities for children and adults with deafblindness across 22 states. They are networked with 59 partners.

The aim of the online course is to make it more accessible to people across the world. Experts say that many people want to work in this field, but do not have access to proper resources.

The six-month course will be a predominantly interactive session through Skype. Instructors will show candidates how to teach in sign language, braille, and other methods.

There is also a hands-on training module where candidates will be sent to SII centers for a brief period.

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