Thursday, January 15, 2009
* IBM India is recognised for "its significant contribution towards bringing persons with disabilities into the mainstream by removing barriers and providing gainful employment to create a truly inclusive world community"
* "The IBM India Human Ability and Accessibility Centre strives to makes technology and information easily accessible to over 60 million Indians who are differently-abled and closely collaborates with key government bodies concerning accessibility-related policy and standards in India. Through the use of innovative solutions like IBM Easy Web Browsing, IBMWebAdapt2Me, Hindi Speech recognition, an English assessment tool called Sensei, IBM aDesigner etc, this advanced center catalyzes human capability so that everyone can maximize their potential, regardless of ability or disability."
* IBM has also so far developed the first Braille printer, a talking typewriter, a talking display terminal, and IBM Home Page Reader.
Source: Business Standard - http://www.businessstandard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=343726
Of these, Save The Children India Foundation includes "more than 250 children who are either mentally challenged or hearing and speech impaired study at their Special Care Center."
Monday, October 27, 2008
Read it here: http://mindtreeux.blogspot.com/2008/10/software-solutions-to-accessibility.html
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
* Deafness can be detected within 48 hours of a child's birth. Most deaf children have a certain amount of hearing, which can be preserved if they are fitted with a hearing aid from a very young age and continue to wear it.
* In most cases, the only thing standing between a hearing impaired child and a normal life with the use of language and sound is a parent in denial
* Government of Tamil Nadu has been running an early intervention programme for early detection and rehabilitation of hearing impaired babies. Chennai-based Balavidyalaya Institute runs an orientation program for the candidates of early intervention centre.
* Early intervention centres will help the children develop age-appropriate skills in language, motor, speech and cognition and prepare them to join a mainstream school by the time they are five years old.
From The Times Of India - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chennai/Bringing_babies_into_world_of_sound_/articleshow/3592763.cms
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I knew about Sri Satish Gujral, a recognised painter and architect, but I did not know he was hearing impaired. I came to know only recently and here is a blog dedicated to this inspirational achiever.
* Until then he had only studied Urdu till Class 3
* His family identified his interest in art. Satish, then, received his further education in arts from Mayo Art College, Lahore and JJ School of Art, Mumbai.
* He was started being recognised for his paintings - his famous paintings were on Partition at that time.
* He went on to paint famous politicians at that time - including Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
* He went to Mexico to study Art and has travelled widely
* He also is an architect and has designed buildings - his most famous being the Belgium Embassy in India
* He has received several recognitions - national awards for painting and sculpture, Padma Vibhushan among others.
* It seems Satish is no longer hearing impaired - having been operated in 1998. But the important thing is he did not let the disability be an excuse to work towards what he wanted to do.
I referred to these pages:
Official Website: http://www.satishgujral.com/
Where I first came to know first: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/17747
An interview with Sri Gujral in which he talks about his paintings and life before and after: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20031005/spectrum/main1.htm
Photo: Entrance at the Belgian Embassy by 'd ha rm e sh' on flickr, shared under Creative Commons Share, Attrib, Non Commercial http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharmesh84/228315263/)
Monday, September 01, 2008
- Only 37% of the disabled adults work and this has decreased from 42% in 1993
- About 58% of the hearing impaired are employed
Related post: Anubhuti Mittal
Friday, August 29, 2008
This is a touching story of a young woman - Jessica - and her chosen journey towards deafness. Jessica had Neurofibromatosis (NF2) - a genetic disorder that causes growth on tumours on nerves. One of the effects is growth of tumours on auditory nerves - which will eventually affect hearing. When her brain tumours were detected, Jessica had to make a choice - get operated and lose hearing or do not get operated and lose life.
What comes of this heart-wrenching story is the way Jessica chose to handle the "adversity" that faced her. She kept a video log of the last 30 days of her hearing life and face the impending silent-world head-on.
Jessica was featured on Good Morning America on ABC News.
See the video and read the full story here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Story?id=5666574&page=1
BTW, the video is not captioned. Do you see an irony here? :)
Monday, August 18, 2008
- 17 Speech and hearing impaired children were felicitated for scoring over 60% in their SSLC exams (Std X under Karnataka board)
- The function was organized by the Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf.
- The Founder of the foundation is A K Umesh, a hearing impaired person himself, who works at Geological Survey of India.
- The foundation supports differently abled children and recognizes academic achievements by providing scholarships.
- Most of these children have studied at regular schools.
- Varalakshmi, a parent: "My daughter Lakshmi scored 81% in SSLC. Though she is hearing and speech impaired , we got her educated in a normal school and she topped her class."
- Mohammed, a parent: "Both my children are hearing and speech impaired but this has never been a hurdle for excellence . Teachers too have a significant contribution to their success."
- A teacher: "Scoring over 60% by comprehending lessons through lip-reading is an achievement to be proud of."
Monday, August 04, 2008
Anubhuti is 35-year old MBA from Allahabad University' and former assistant vice-president (human resources) at GE.
She works as the 'missing link' between the corporate world and the differently-abled and has placed people at organisations such as IBM-Daksh, Pepsi, Genesis PR, TVB Marketing, Impact R&D.
Anubhuti sees economic sense in employing the disabled. “India has over 70 million disabled people. Assuming skilled workers form 10 per cent of this population, that’s still a huge alternative talent pool.”
In recognition of her efforts, she was presented with the Helen Keller Special Award.
From Indian Express - http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Sight-on-jobs/343995/
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Edward Chan, Edwin Chan, Keith Lee, Anthony Wong and Carmen Mok are the performers of "Theatre of the Silence" - a deaf theatre group from Hong Kong.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Yet, each one passionately believes that everyone has the right to a full life. And for these privileged few their means is through performance. As they themselves say:
Life is full of dreams.Their first tour in Japan ... was called “My Dream”.
People of disabilities equally love life and art.
Many of the members were born with physical difficulties, but others had accidents that left permanent damage.
The seedlings, shoots, and fully-grown plants were portrayed by dancers, all of them hearing impaired. They were able to perform in perfect synchronization with the music.
The visually impaired and those who could not walk were the singers and musicians.
Every life deserves respect and dignity.
Every life is precious beyond measure.
Post script: The original article had the title "No matter how imperfect we are", which I do not wholly agree with and hence changed the title of this blog post to "No matter what we are". Having no hearing does not make us imperfect, we are perfect, we are complete. This is how we are meant to be. This is our perfection.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
* Tusharaa is an aspiring model
* She has acted in a recent movie Thoovaanam (Tamil language) - her character in the movie is also hearing impaired
* Tusharaa was earlier featured in Femina 'I Believe' campaign (the above image is a copy of the campaign - from here)
* She is inspired by Miss America, Heather Whitestone - who is deaf
From Indian Express - Hearing from Kollywood
Monday, June 23, 2008
- Baldev Gulati didn’t let his visual impairment come in the way of his work. He now employs people with disabilities not only in his spice factory, but also helps them get placements.
- 80 per cent of the staff at "NP Masale" are disabled
- Gulati’s employment drive is not restricted to his factory. He hires 10-15 disabled people in his factory, trains them for three to five months and then gets them placed in other units. In the last year and a half, he’s placed some 273 such people.
- 'I am a ruthless employer, I punish the workers for coming late to work and taking erratic breaks. I tell them to not expect leniency from anyone just because they are disabled. Only then, they can hope for equality.' - Gulati.
Quoted from: Spice route to empowerment on Indian Express
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I may not hear you,
But I can listen,
Listen to your hands,
Your face and your eyes.
All I ask of you
Is that you do the same.
Listen to the words
That I want to tell.
Look past hearing aids
And see the real me.
Look at what I can be
Not what I cannot.
Heather Whitestone showed you
That I can be beautiful.
Marlee Matlin showed you
That I can be in movies.
Thomas Edison showed you
That I can make history.
Ludwig van Beethoven showed you
That I can make music.
Sir John Warcup Cornforth showed you
That I can win the Nobel Prize.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky showed you
That I can send rockets to the moon.
Helen Keller showed you
That I can overcome anything.
Now, let me show you
That I can be a friend.
I have things to tell you.
Listen to me.
— By Tawnysha Lynch
From the e-magazine World Around You (SPRING/SUMMER 2002 VOL XXIII ISSUE 3)
Copyright belongs to Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center/author. I do not claim ownership.
Friday, June 06, 2008
BSLPA trains one to become a paramedical professional dealing with people who are hearing impaired or who have speech defects. This course is available in institutions such as All India Institute of Speech and Hearing - Mysore, SR Chandrashekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing Hennur Road, Bangalore and Samvaad Institute of Speech and Hearing - Hebbal, Bangalore (Phone 9845018302 www.samvaadinstitute.org). Applications to be made at the institutes directly.
Came across in Deccan Herald: http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Jun52008/dheducation2008060471674.asp
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
- Shayan Lahiri got 92.6 percent to emerge topper among the special category students in CBSE Class X.
- ... he fractured a bone behind the ear at the ... age of two ... [leading] to a hearing impairment.
- “The CBSE offered me an extra hour as I was from the special category. But I refused to take that. Why should I take extra time when I can compete with the other students? I finished my papers within the stipulated time,” said a confident Shayan, a student of Sanskriti School here at Chanakyapuri. Shayan, who uses hearing aid for both the ears, has decided to take up Science in Class XI with Maths and Computer Science and is keen on studying engineering.
- Prateek Asnani scored 91 percent in CBSE Class X.
- Prateek ... student of Blue Bells International School ... has set his sights on aeronautical engineering.
- “He has always been a bright student. We put him in school with the normal students. He got all the support from the teachers and classmates. We are very happy that his dream has come true.” - Prateek's father
Read full article in:
The Hindu: Success story of Delhi’s achievers
Also reported in:
The Times of India: Better & better, it hots up
Express India (Indian Express): CBSE results out: HOTS betters performance, govt schools improve
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
From The Statesman
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
* Howard Weinstein, a Canadian who "parlayed valves and faucets into a major business, then sold it for a bundle to a Fortune 500 corporation, staying on as president" has worked in Africa to come up with an inexpensive ("$100"), solar-powered hearing aids.
* Weinstein has actually used hearing-impaired people to realise this vision. "Because mastering sign language takes acute hand-eye coordination, deaf people are well suited to the fine soldering and microelectronics that go into making hearing aids."
* And to top it all? "He didn't know the first thing about audiology. 'I didn't know a decibel from Tinkerbell.' Even so, he didn't need a degree in physiology to understand the scope of the problem."
Read at Newsweek: Something to Shout About
Ranjini Ramanujam is the Arjuna, Ekalavya and Karnataka Rajyotsava awardee, who has so far won 23 medals in national and international tournaments in both badminton and chess.
Read more at: Deccan Herald - Hearing the sweet music of success
Related to my previous post (Changing Lives - an initiative by MPhasis to train differently-abled people), Mphasis is serious about recruiting differently-abled people. Here is an announcement for a special walk-in session.
WALK IN INTERVIEW FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AT MPHASIS - AN EDS COMPANY
DATE: SATURDAY, 17TH MAY 2008
TIME: 11.00 A.M.
POSITION: TRAINEE – SOFTWARE ENGINEER
VENUE: NO. 65/2, BAGMANE PARIN, BLOCK-A, LEVEL 6,
AGE: 21 & ABOVE
· X & XII & Engineering or MCA, MCM (Computer Science), M .Sc (Mathematics or Physics) – 1st Class
· Good communication and analytical skills
· Open to flexibility – Working across Technologies, in Support Projects, Rotating shifts
· All offered candidates would have to undergo training at ELLA-EDS Learning and
· Candidates should be comfortable relocation
Written Exam – evaluates candidates for skills in:
• English Grammar
• Logical Reasoning
– Technical interview
– HR interview– evaluates candidates in:
• Culture fitment
We would also like to encourage people with hemophilia, thalassaemia, dyslexia, etc. who are not mentioned under the Disability Act to also come for the interview and take advantage of the special drive.
Note: Travel / stay will not be provided for out station candidates for attending the interview.
Please share this information with other NGOs, universities and others you feel will benefit from it.
Please publicize this as widely as possible.
For any details/clarifications/accommodations before the interview please contact the below mentioned.
P.S: Services are available across a wide range of technical platforms and encompass mainframe, client/server and open systems ,Web technologies , Enterprise Applications, Integration, Database administration, embedded technologies , testing. Service applications include Application Management, Development and Integration; Application Migration and Refresh; Project Management; Performance Management; Performance Assessment; Testing and Quality Assurance Services. This
MEENU BHAMBHANI | Manager - Community Initiative| M P H A S I S an EDS Company|
The Millenia, 7th Floor, Tower A, 1&2 Murphy Road, Ulsoor,
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Helping the differently-abled is one thing, and giving them a regular life is quite another.
Project Communicate, the unique effort tries to train differently-abled people with basic communication skills, soft skills, analytical skills, is a partnership between MphasiS and APD (the association of people with disability).
“We’ve just finished with our pilot batch of training and have already recruited 15 people. IBM has recruited one and Hungry Bangalore has recruited two people from this programme” - Meenu Bhambhani, manager, corporate social responsibility at MPhasis
Once the training programme is over every person has to go through the regular recruitment channels and is not treated any differently. This in fact, has given all the candidates the extra boost to perform better and not expect favouritism.
"While 64 percent of IT companies do recruit people with disabilities, they don’t invest much in training. Only those who are already employable are offered jobs."
Full Article from Mid-Day
Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par has been dubbed in sign language for the benefit of hearing and speech impaired children. Indore-based non-government organisation, Anand Mook Badhir Kendra, had initiated this project.- Said Gyanendra Purohit of Anand Mook Badhir Kendra
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, August 14, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006 18:29 IST
|Shreyas and Raageshwari|
in India, deaf people still struggle without basic aids and equipments that can make them independent. This is exactly what Deaf Expo 2006 is out to achieve.
“There’s not one college in India that has the basic technology to teach deaf people how to read news reports or make a phone call on their own. In America the progress has been to the extent that they have bulbs that flash when a baby cries,” said pop singer Raageshwari who is the brand ambassador for Deaf Expo 2006.
Chennai, July 15 2006
Only about 1,200 medical professionals are available throughout the country to serve six million hearing impaired children in India. Hence, the course is aimed at creating more professionals who can cater to the needs of the hearing disabled', he (Dr. Mohan Kameshwaran, president of the Madras ENT Research Foundation Charitable Trust) said.
"No Boarding Pass for You: If you’re a Deaf traveler flying on your own in Thailand anytime soon, Thai AirAsia will not let you aboard. Just this week, the airline announced that anyone who is Deaf, blind, or has a disability cannot fly unaccompanied on any of its planes within the country. Officials explained that because they are a budget company, they cannot afford to provide ground support staff to these travelers. This means if you’re Deaf, the only way you can fly Thai AirAsia is to book an extra seat for your hearing “assistant”…even if you don’t require any “ground support staff”. Here we go again with budget issues and excuses regarding access for Deaf folks! So much for their logo - if you squint your eyes to see the tag line at the right, you’ll notice that it says “Now Everyone Can Fly”. Everyone?? Hmm…"
10 Aug, 2006
"Raageshwari is currently working on a album which will feature a song for the deaf, she says, 'Sign language accompanies the lyrics of the songs in my album. Post its release (scheduled for October), I am working on a concert which will also incorporate sign language. It's high time the entertainment industry thought of the hearing impaired as a lucrative audience as well.' "
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Net video leaves the deaf behind - The Red Tape Chronicles - MSNBC.com
Sunday, May 28, 2006
This article also mentions there are 1.7 million differently abled people in India and 1 in 10 of all handicapped people in the world live in India. Tamil Nadu alone is supposed have to have 500,000 of them.
Read full article here: DNA - India - For them, Tamil Nadu has become friendlier - Daily News & Analysis
Surprisingly, this article (or is it a reader comment?) written as a pro-reservation viewpoint, does not have author mentioned.
What affirmative action can be all about
Very interesting, seems like the hearing impaired have good ear for the music and dance!
See related story:
The Hindu : New Delhi News : A pioneer in therapeutic theatre
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Heck, we, at India, are still too far away to complain about quality of closed captioning!
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
About Johan Hammarström - hearing impaired who became a pilot and now undertaking round the world trip to become the first severely hearing-impaired pilot in the world to complete a round the world flight in a light aircraft.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Friday, March 31, 2006
The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : A handy tool for the hearing impaired
Monday, March 27, 2006
I used to like watching TV and have now given up any serious watching (except for some action movies, sports or reruns of movies I have already seen, which I watch with the audio muted). I have also given up watching movies in theatres. I have moved to DVDs but have to make sure they have English subtitles, which in many DVDs are completely absent, have horrible transliteration or mysteriously disapper during climax or important scenarious (arrgh, can you guess what happens to me then?). Note though, subtitling is different from closed captioning, the former being just transliteration of spoken words, meant primarily for non-English people, while closed-captioning is specifically meant for deaf and HOH with a running commentary on all these folks are missing out (Example: [Door Closing], [Gun shot], etc.)
Coming back to my original point, why is it in India we are late to wakeup to the need for closed-captioning? Why not make a start with informational programs first - like News or awareness programs like Global Warming on Nat Geo? These educational or awareness channels like National Geographic or Discovery could take a lead and initiave. If you think there could be implementation problems, the News channels would already have teleprompters. And I am sure for other programs, the script would be available in electronic format. Why not add a small piece of software that could display these captions as tickers? I accept I am totally ignorant of production and broadcasting technologies, but if there is an intention, it can be done, technology is never a limitation.
Come on guys, this would be of immense help to include the deaf and HOH community into the mainstream. Who knows what talent is lurking there, being obscured by lack of access to mainstream information?
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
India Education - Griha Pravesh ceremony of Lakshmiben Hansraj Latwalla Special Care Centre
The Children of Save the Children India cordially invite you to the Griha Pravesh ceremony of Lakshmiben Hansraj Latwalla Special Care Centre
In the presence of: - Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra, H.E. Shri S M Krishna - President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, Smt Prabhatai Rav, and - Actor and Ambassador of Save The Children India, Shri Suniel Shetty
Mumbai, Mah, India, 2006-03-14 (IndiaPRwire.com) -- Date: Sunday 19 th March, 2006 at 5.00 pm
Venue : SF9, G Block, Adjacent to American School of Bombay, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (E), Mumbai 400098
About the Special Care Centre:
Save The Children India has been running a Special Care Centre since 1982 in the Drive-In theatre premise in Mumbai. The Centre currently caters to the rehabilitative and educational needs of 213 children who are either mentally challenged or hearing and speech impaired. This Centre which is recognised by the Govt of Maharashtra provides formal & non-formal education, pre-vocational training, health check-ups, counseling, mid-day meals, speech therapy and self-help skills for the special children, street children and adolescent girls from the nearby slums, as well as ensures integration with normal children.
As the Drive-in theatre is being demolished and converted into a commercial premise, Save The Children India has constructed the new Special Care Center, a 5-storey building with facilities such as vocational training centers, special classrooms, children's clinic, occupational therapy, library, documentation & research cell, counseling center etc.
About Save The Children India
Save the Children India is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1988 and has been working towards the empowerment of the underprivileged women and children, with its health, vocational training and education programmes. Today over 200 children who are either mentally challenged or hearing/speech impaired study at the Special Care Centre. More than 16258 boys and 9368 girls have successfully availed of the Balwadi education programme and more than 4175 children have benefited from the Comprehensive school programme run by STCI. Our proudest accomplishments include bringing health & education to nearly 200,000 children. STCI has created special focus for advocacy, prevention and repatriation of trafficked women and children.
For more information, Please contact:
Monika Bhatkhande, Sr Exec, Imprimis PR, 9819483738, 24375620, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 13, 2006
A News item about demolishing of "encroaching" shops which included some kiosks alloted to disabled people by the Rotary Club. Looks like at the least an opportunity should have been given for explanations and clarifications. No official comment available.