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An overview of deaf issues in India and how the organisations I am involved with are working to tackle problems and needs we encounter.

An overview of deaf issues in India and how the organisations I am involved with are working to tackle problems and needs we encounter.

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Deafness In India! Deafness In India! Presentation Transcript

    • DEAFNESS IN INDIA
    • PRESENTED BY Arun Rao
    • Executive Director -The Deaf Way Foundation
    • President - Association of Sign Language Interpreters
  • EDUCATION
    • The educators of the deaf in India have used a single methodology for the past 30 some years.
    • The admitted penetration is at 1% of the total population of which 2% are successfully rehabilitated and educated.
    • The others are left to fend for themselves, without the skills they enrolled to obtain.
  • EDUCATION
    • 1. Most schools in India do not have a clear communication or language policy
    • 2. They either emulate old teachers or devise their own methods.
    • 3. We have a total of 30 special schools above 8 th grade of which 8 schools are above 10 th grade level for a population which possibly exceeds half a million.
  • THE DEAF WAY ……
    • WE HAVE A TWO PRONGED APPROACH
    • 1. INFORMATION ACCESS AND CAPACITY BUILDING FOR THE TEACHERS.
    • 2. MOTIVATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
    • Conducting seminars on current/modern educational practices for the teachers.
    • Enriching the experience of school students by hosting interschool events such as painting, drama and dance, quiz and other competitions, fun fairs, adventure sports, summer camps etc.
    • TEACHERS/STUDENTS AWARDS and SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    THE DEAF WAY ……
  • SIGN LANGUAGE
    • THE STATUS OF SIGN LANGUAGE IS VERY POOR.
    • SIGNING DEAF PERSONS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE MENTALY DEFICIENT AND ILL EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH LIFE.
    • SIGN LANGUAGE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEARING HANDICAPPED IN THE YEAR 2001, 17 YEARS AFTER ITS CREATION BY OUR HOSTING A NATIONAL LEVEL EVENT ON SIGN LANGUAGE AND BILINGUALISM IN DEAF EDUCATION.
  • INTERPRETING
    • INTERPRETERS AND INTERPRETING SERVICES ARE VIRTUALLY UNHEARD OF UNTIL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
    • THE DEAF WAY STARTED ATTENDING EVENTS AND ASKING TO BE ALLOWED TO INTERPRET. GRATIS.
    • DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS DID NOT HAVE PROVISION FOR INTERPRETERS IN THEIR MEETINGS NEITHER DID THE GOVT.
  • INTERPRETERS
    • THE SITUATION WITH IAN STILLMAN’S ARREST AND INCARCERATION.
    • THE FIRST EVER PROTESTS BY THE DEAF COMMUNITY WERE LED BY THE DEAF WAY.
    • 19000 POSTCARDS WERE SENT WITH A VARIETY OF APPEALS TO THE PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER.
  • A DEAF PERSON’S RIGHTS
    • THIS WAS NEVER IN ANYONE’S MIND.
    • IAN WAS REFUSED AN INTERPRETER
    • THE SUPREME COURT SAID HE WAS HEARING BECAUSE HE COULD SPEAK
    • DEAF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WERE TERRIFIED
    • GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW MANY IANS ARE STILL IN JAIL SOMEWHERE.
  • HIV/AIDS AWARENESS
    • WORKED WITH PROJECT SIGN POST FROM 1997 TO 1999
    • K.A.B.P. RESEARCH
    • DISMAL FINDINGS ON INFORMATION LEVELS PREVALENT IN URBAN AREAS
    • CREATED TWO TEAMS OF PEER EDUCATORS WHO CONDUCT 4 DAY RELATIONSHIPS AND HEALTH WORKSHOPS.
  • VOCATIONAL TRAINING
    • NONE OF THE REHAB / VOCATIONAL CENTERS IN INDIA RUN BY THE GOVT FOR THE DEAF ARE CERTIFIED BY THE MINISTRY THAT RUNS THEM.
    • THE DEAF WAY RUNS SIX CENTERS TEACHING COMPUTERS AND ENGLISH AND PRACTICAL LIFE SKILLS.
    • CONDUCTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING WORKSHOPS
  • PLACEMENT
    • GOVT JOBS ADVT FOR THE DEAF HAVE NO PROVISION FOR INTERPRETERS DURING THE INTERVIEWS.
    • 1% OF GOVT JOBS ARE RESERVED FOR THE DEAF.
    • WE DO PLACEMENTS THROUGH PERSONAL CONTACTS AND RECENTLY THROUGH AN AGENCY WITH MODERATE SUCCESS.
  • DEAF FRIENDSHIP CLUBS
    • SET UP FIRST “SELF HELP GROUPS” WE CALLED “FRIENDSHIP CLUBS” IN DELHI IN 1988, AND CONTINUED TO DO SO.
    • WE NOW RUN 56 SUCH CLUBS IN 11 STATES IN INDIA
    • COUNTERING THE ISOLATION EACH FEELS AND PROVIDES A PLATFORM TO SHARE TO GROW TO MEET INTERACT
    • COUNSELLING FOR PARENTS.
  • OTHER PROGRAMS
    • MATRIMONIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
    • ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CAMPS
    • SIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING TO EMPLOYERS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
    • LAMAZE TRAINING FOR WOMEN AND LABOUR ROOM INTERPRETING.
  • OTHER PROGRAMS
    • SOCIAL WORK ORIENTATION FOR THE DEAF
    • RELIEF WORK WITH A DEAF TEAM
    • - ORISSA 1999 FOR 14 DAYS
    • - GUJARAT 2001 FOR 21 DAYS
  • DEAFNESS AND LAW
    • STARTED EDUCATION ON THE LAW AND VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE LAW IN 2004
    • FORMALISED IT INTO A SERIES OF CLASSES FOR WHICH WE GOT RESOURCE PERSONS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS LAW NETWORK
  • TOOLS FOR GROWTH
    • WE ARE CREATING VCD’S OF CLASSES AND LECTURES ON THE VARIETY OF SUBJECTS WE COVER.
    • THESE ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE FRIENDSHIP CLUBS WE RUN
    • WE WISH TO SET UP A FULL FLEDGED VIDEO STUDIO AND DUPLICATION UNIT.
  • CIVIL RIGHTS
    • THE NEED FOR RIGHTS BASED ACTION IS OBVIOUS
    • THE PARADIGM OF CHARITY HAS TO BE ERADICATED
    • DEAFNESS TO BE VIEWED AS A SOCIO-LINGUISTIC ISSUE, NOT A MEDICAL ONE
  • A NEW FACE
    • TO SPEARHEAD THE DEAF MOVEMENT WE NEED LEADERSHIP
    • AS LEADERS OF THE MOVEMENT WE FELT A NEW ORGANISATION SHOULD BE FORMED
    • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF.
  • N.A.D.
    • WAS LAUNCHED ON DECEMBER 3 RD 2005
    • THE ONLY WORK IT DOES IS RIGHTS BASED ACTIVISM AND LITIGATION.
    • CURRENTLY FILING PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION IN THE SUPREME COURT ON DRIVING LICENCES, INTERPRETING, EDUCATION.
  • ASSOCIATION OF SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
    • SET UP IN 2008
    • STILL FLEDGLING ORGANISATION
    • SLOWLY GATHERING MEMBERS FROM ALL OVER INDIA.
    • WILL BE WORKING TO CREATE A CERTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR INDIAN INTERPRETERS
  • THE WAY FORWARD
    • INGO’S NEED TO LEAD THE WAY
    • PROVIDING RESOURCES OF VARIOUS TYPES
    • PROVIDING ROLE MODELS IN TERMS OF NON DISCRIMINATORY POLICY AND PRACTICE
    • PROVIDE TRAININGS FOR POLICY MAKERS WITH REGARD TO DISABILITY PROGRAMMING.
    • THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE