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Education for the Deaf

The Indian Sign Language (ISL) version of Education.

In India, there is a lot of problem in the education sector for the deaf. There is hardly anything they learn in deaf school from class 1st-12th as the teachers focus on oralism.

When deaf children insist on learning throught sign language, they are ignored, and oralism continues around 98% of them illiterate and hardly 2% of them gain little knowledge even though they manage to pass class 12th, they further face problems in finding jobs.

There are certain schools which only have classes till 8, and not till 10th or 12th. NAD tried contacting the staff of the schools, they expressed that they are ordered to teach in this manner and its not under their control to change anything. Clear solution to this was only getting RPWD Bill passed once this Bill will be passed, the teachers of the deaf school will have to learn sign language and learn make to schools accessible.

Secondly, an educated deaf person will be eligible to teach in the school. Unfortunately, this law has not been passed yet in India.

If this Bill gets passed, India will be more accessible. There are no colleges for the deaf in India, children are stuck after complete their schooling. There are hardly interpreters in hearing colleges in India. There is one in Delhi University (DU) and hardly anywhere else. 

However, there is no university or college like Delhi University for the Deaf NAD is fighting all the problems and hopes for a successful future.

History of Activites

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Location:     Activities: Workshop
N.A.D Consultation on Deaf Education

The National Association of the Deaf held its first and pioneering Consultation on Deaf Education at the Indian International Centre on Thursday 9th February. This was a unique conference and perhaps the first of its kind in India. Government officials, NGOs and experts in the field sat alongside deaf community members in order to discuss education of the deaf from a new and fresh perspective: the Deaf Perspective. Not only did this workshop offer an opportunity to debate and discuss new ideas, it also opened minds and paved the way for future developments in the field of Deaf Education.

The two presentations of the day were led by Dr. Surinder Randhawa from Rourkee, who presented on the current status of Deaf Education in India and the issues of concern and Dr. Madan Vasishta from Gallaudet University, who shared his vision about choices that should be made available to all deaf children at various ages.

Each session was followed by an open floor discussion and at the end of the day all participants at the conference culminated their thoughts and ideas in order to compile a position paper on Deaf Education, chartering a plan for further action. Several valuable points and recommendations were raised.

  • The need for a mass awareness campaign promoting sign language and the rights of deaf people in general.
  • That communication and the role of information were of vital importance and that early intervention was essential, targeting parents of deaf children as well as sensitising Doctors to deafness and the issues involved
  • The need for networking and the sharing of skills, ideas and experience.
  • The need to evolve a credible assessment system to evaluate, assess and certify trainers and trainers of trainers.
  • The necessity to introduce sign language into the education of deaf children in special schools as well as being included in the school curriculum for all
  • The role of interpreters emphasised as being fundamental for a deaf person to be able to fully participate in society
  • The need to have more sign language courses available.

Moreover, it was stressed that this should all be done with participation of deaf people as the first precondition:

"Deaf persons themselves need to be included and involved in this process in an important way while making decisions at all levels."

Location: Govt. Senior Secondary School for the Deaf, Kalkaji, New Delhi     Activities: Workshop
NAD Worked Together With V-Shesh  for Learning English Skills

Mrs. Rashi, V-Shesh invited Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of National Association of the Deaf to share with the 100 Deaf students of Govt Senior Secondary School for the Deaf, Kalkaji, New Delhi on 27 November 2015, Friday morning. He talked to them about Learning English Skills. V-Shesh will start to support in teaching the English Skills Class to them every Monday to Friday 830am to 1030am from US AID support. NAD wished V-Shesh for succees in its goal for the Deaf. She is happy to know that NAD will work together with V-Shesh for the Learning English Skills.

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Location: Civil Lines, New Delhi    Activities: Dharna Meeting
NAD Team met Hon’ble Chief Minster of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD and Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Woment Secretary of NAD with Sign Language Interpreter Ms. Surbhi Taneja met Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Delhi Government at his resident in New Delhi on 9th November, 2016. They talked with Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi with deep anguish to bring a matter of grave concern to his notice. The Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Goverment has illegally seized more than half the area of the Govt. Lady Noyce Sr. Secondary School for the Deaf. The junior deaf students have been secretively sent to school in North Delhi, situated in Timarpur.

  • First of all, NAD Team want to present the location as well as history of the school so that the ‘reality’ is well perceived and understood generally. During the British rule, around during 2nd November 1931, Shri. Kalidass Bhattarcharyya, B.A. (Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA), Founder & Principal established a school for the deaf children near Delhi Gate, out of love and care for them. This was the first school of this kind know as Govt. Lady Noyce School for Deaf & Dumb.
  • Many well-known commercial and ancient historical monuments like Chakra-Stambh of Ashok era, Firozshah Kotla Fort, Delhi Gate, Mahatma Gandhiji’s Samadhi and Museum, famous cricket and football stadiums of international standard are situated around this Deaf School which is a pride for us. It is situation between New Delhi and Old Delhi, an important facility for us: – the deaf students and our parents.
  • The first Prime Minister of India – Chacha Nehru himself graced an “Establishment Day” Ceremony of this school which was an encouragement for deaf students. 
  • Few years ago, Office of the Department of Social Welfare of Delhi Government (Congress) was shifted from Kasturba Gandhi Marg to the premises of Govt. Lady Noyce Sr. Secondary School for the Deaf temporarily during the renovation of the Office buildings of the Department of the Social Welfare. At that time the Department of the Social Welfare assured the School that after renovation, the Office will be shifted in its old premises (Kasturba Gandhi Marg). But many years have passed since the renovation completed, the office have still occupied more than half of the school premises, and deaf students of primary classes also are being shifted to Nehru Vihar (Timarpur) School which is located far off. 
  • Being an alumni of this deaf school, NAD Team tried to meet the Principal to know why these innocent and tiny deaf students are being shifted far off and when this office of Delhi Government will return back to its own premises? Their answer was that these students are being shifted because the school has not sufficient accommodation. Now, it is clear from above statement that the Government is working secretly on a mollified plan to hand over the whole land of the school to the said the Department of Social Welfare. 
  • The Department of Social Welfare (Congress) had took a huge advantage of the deaf children and violating the fundamental rights of these students and attempting to tread the mission of Late Shri. Kalidass Bhattacharyya – the founder & principal of this deaf school. Land requirement of the Govt. Office might be fulfilled by allotting some another building/accommodation to them. This has totally destroyed NAD Team’s right of education, otherwise why would the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Goverment seize our deaf school. 
  • NAD Team have written letters to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Shiela Dixit, and the Child & Women, Education Minister, Smt. Kiran Walia. But they did not take action anything. It wasted our time since 2012-13. 

Now, different Deaf  NGOs working for the welfare of deaf with NAD Team are opposing this wrongful imposition by the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Government. All of them are protesting against this unauthorised possession by the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Goverment. 

In this context, they all are requested to take positive and solid steps to oust the Department of Welfare Social from the school premises.

Shri Arvind Kejriwal listened to them in sign language through Interpreter. He said he will look into these letters and will send them to the Department of Social Welfare, Delhi Govt.

Location: National Institute of Speech and Hearing at Akkulam, Kerala    Activities: Workshop
Workshop on Preparing The Deaf Student for Higher Education

National Association of the Deaf Secretary A.S. Narayanan has said that there is an urgent need to include Sign Language in the education system of deaf students from the primary stages.

He was speaking at the three-day workshop on ‘Preparing The Deaf Student for Higher Education’ at the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), Akkulam, here.

Inaugurating the workshop, Director of Public Instructions A.Shajahan said that opportunities are low for deaf people. “However, it is possible to give an overview of the opportunities available in the country for the deaf students. They should be able to continue their higher studies and get good jobs in future,’’ Shajahan said.

NISH Executive Director Samuel N. Mathew said that the need of the hour is to think about innovative ways to help deaf students emerge successful in their lives. “The revolution which starts in NISH should spread to different parts of India,’’ he said.

The issues of teaching deaf students at degree level, the need for reviewing the degree programme, teaching deaf students and so on are being discussed in the three day workshop.

Experts from various schools and colleges conducting deaf education across India are the main speakers. The three day workshop will conclude on July 26.

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