Voice for the Deaf

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Voice for the Deaf

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Project Managers: T. Ramesh, Martine Cambron

For several years, Voice for the Deaf has worked with hearing-impaired children in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It has now broadened its scope to include those living in Mysore, India. Voice for the Deaf also enlists the aid of other interested individuals and groups, and since 1995, has helped to organize major national events, such as International Week for the Deaf and All India Deaf Cultural Festival.

In 2002, the National Institute of the Hearing Handicapped, government officials and public sector organizations instituted an advisory board in Hyderabad to promote Computer Education for the Deaf. FCF Project Manager T. Ramesh was invited to join this committee and help with the sign language part of the program.

To help empower hearing-impaired individuals to become self-sufficient, Voice for the Deaf established a help desk and vocational training program. One of the first to complete the computer training course is now married and employed at a local bank. Voice for the Deaf also instituted an ear-mould lab that trained hearing-impaired workers to take ear impressions of those being fitted for hearing aids.

"The Rehabilitation Council of India (the country's prime center for assistance programs), conducted the first-ever Sign Language Interpreter Course in Chennai, India, which T. Ramesh attended. At the course’s end, all qualifying students were given certificates that recognized them as rehabilitation personnel and have been entered in the newly established National Directory of Interpreters."

 

Real Life Story — Frustration to Fulfillment — Though these 80 or so Indian boys and girls are deaf, you would never be able to guess from seeing their happy faces....


Secunderabad, India



Hima, who is deaf, working in ear-mold lab


Painting competition for deaf children

Empowering India’s hearing-impaired

"Unemployment is a big problem among the deaf community here, not to speak of their actual handicap," asserts T. Ramesh, FCF Project Manager for Voice for the Deaf. To address this need for self-sufficiency Voice for the Deaf has developed employment opportunities for the deaf such as our recent Ear Mold Lab.

The International Week of the Deaf

Every September, International Week of the Deaf is celebrated in Hyderabad for hearing-impaired children and adults. Recently, Voice for the Deaf networked with another organization in Dance, Drama, Mime and Painting competitions. Approximately 350 youngsters came from almost 30 deaf schools and institutions throughout Andhra Pradesh.

Caring for the Poor

During “Raksha Bandhan” (the “Festival of Brotherhood”) we celebrated by having a special day of fun, games and “family” for the children of migrant workers.It was a daylong affair, with games, magic shows, a ventriloquist, and musical numbers by our performance team (consisting of some hearing-impaired students).