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Project: Empowering Students with Speech and Hearing Impairment through Several learning Interventions

Context

The project aims to develop English language, computer literacy and skill development alongside nurturing perspective, knowledge and opportunities tailored individually for each student. The other areas of intervention are life skill training, Exposure visits, soft skills, mentorship and orienting to the job market. The core idea of this whole project is to make an early intervention in equipping the children with disabilities to become self-aware and confident in pursuing their career.

The project started in the month of June 2018 with 90 beneficiaries having speech and hearing impairment hailing from underprivileged background. Since then apart from classroom teaching of English and computers following are few activities conducted for their enhancement.

Vision :

To Empower the students with speech and Hearing impairment to be independent and socially connected youth

Objectives:

At the end of the academic year 2018-19, Students will be able to

  • Develop basic proficiency in Reading Comprehension and writing Skills in English
  • Operate computer independently and be equipped with basic typing skills
  • Develop basic independent living skills
  • Get exposure and opportunity to interact with the people outside the school
  • Have awareness about the importance of education, higher education and career choices

Result/ Output:

Through this intervention, Y4J achieves the following –

  • Ensures that we mitigate the school dropout rate for children in secondary school.
  • Encouraging more SSC pass outs to go for junior college and pursue for higher education.
  • Create sustainable school products that can be used by schools for children with disabilities.

Recent Act of Right to PWD 2017 Act mandates that 5% of the enrolment into higher secondary must be children with disabilities. For instance, currently it is 0.05% only in the state of Telangana.

Impact:

Our vision is to enable these children join college after school to pursue higher education and become contributors to the society and economy at large. The exposure and various learning opportunities from the project will actualize their personality getting them essential 21st century skills, thus making laying the foundation for SHI students to develop inherent potential and help them build a career based on their aspirations and the market requirements.