We have been working in the field of education and overall development, including communication, of Deafblind children since 1977. Through the years, our services have expanded to a greater number of children and so has our reach.
Educational services are provided to children who are Deaf and those who have Multiple Disabilities with Visual Impairment (MDVI), including Deafblindness as two separate programs as the method and pace of instruction is very different. The communication and development needs of a child who is Deafblind or has Multiple Disabilities with Vision Impairment (MDVI) cannot be accommodated in a special educational program solely for the Deaf or the blind.
The section for the education of Deaf children is from kindergarten to Std. X, ranging from 3-18 years of age. The curriculum followed is that of Maharashtra S.S.C. (Secondary School Certificate) Board and the medium of instruction is Hindi, Marathi and English. Subjects like tailoring, computer education, hair & beauty are also part of the modified curriculum.
The section for the education of children who have multiple disabilities with visual impairment has students in the range of 7 to 18 years. Our special educators have the expertise required to work with children who have visual impairment and other multiple disabilities. The activities and curriculum are individually modified to suit each child’s developmental & cognitive level.
The overall development of children is of paramount importance - academic as well as functional. Functional development like personal hygiene, daily living activities, mobility, community outing, money management, etc. are all taught to them. Academically too, depending on the capability of each child, modified curriculum is taught for each subject. Computer education too is an integral part of academics.
The school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to handle such special and specific requirements. We also have hostel facilities with trained and concerned caregivers to look after the children’s daily requirements.
Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind is a registered NGO in India. All donations to it are exempt u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
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