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Vocational Training & Rehabilitation

As our children grew, we felt a conscious need for teaching sustainable skills to our students so that they could be financially independent. And the gap was large for skills training and placement for children with disabilities. This was when we decided to impart vocational training skills to our students to bridge the gap. HKIDB’s vocational training programs are employment / entrepreneur oriented.

Digital Literacy

Computers have become an essential part of our daily lives. Computer knowledge is a necessity for gainful employment too. We are committed to provide access to computer education to our Deaf and MDVI children and make them proficient in it. For our MDVI children, we use assistive technology like electronic braille display and screen reader. This allowed four of our Deafblind children to make history by clearing their Std. X examinations on computers without human support. HKIDB also operates a centre of National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), a first of its kind in India. It is an initiative by the Government of India to create a digitally literate population.

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Fine Arts & 3D Animation

The Fine Arts & 3D animation program was launched in 2012 specifically for the hearing impaired. It is a two years program for PwD who are creative and inclined towards computer graphics. We have partnered with an animation studio for designing the course curriculum, providing trained teachers as well as employing the students who successfully complete this program. Through this module, we ensure that the skills imparted are industry driven and in keeping with the modern times. Some of the students who passed out in the first batch are the trainers for the new batches, using sign language for teaching. This ensures minimal loss of communication in translation.

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Computerized Mini braille press and Screen & Offset printing press

Setting up a mini braille press was a pioneering project for HKIDB. The young Deaf adults are trained in tactile graphic designing to develop educational and other material which is proofread by the blind and Deafblind who are proficient in braille. The high functioning Deafblind learn to use various advanced technological equipment such as the Power Brailler, Braille Embosser, Tiger Advantage and Mountbatten Brailler.

The printing press also undertakes print work for regular screen and offset printing of envelopes, bill books, brochure, newsletter, etc. which helps in sustaining the program.

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Gift article making

All our students participate in different types of training depending on their abilities and creativity. They are taught tailoring, candle making, paper and jute bags, envelopes, trays and frames, dried candied food products using solar power, etc. All the items made as part of training are sold at exhibitions to generate revenue. Our aim is to provide them with skills that can be productively used for financial independence. Their competence is developed in order to establish their own enterprise or work with someone from the field and create a livelihood.

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Working to ensure viable livelihood options for persons with disabilities, HKIDB has provided employment opportunities to many persons with disabilities through its network of well-wishers and professionals. The key placement sectors are Retail, Hospitality, Beauty & Wellness and IT/ITES.

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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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Registration no.:
  • F4350/Mumbai under Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950
  • 103/1977 G.B.V.S.D under Societies Registration Act, 1860