Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind (HKIDB) is a pioneer institute for the education, training and rehabilitation of the Deaf and Deafblind in India as well as the South East Asia region.
In the Rights of Persons with Disability Bill passed in 2016, Deafblindness has (for the first time)
been acknowledged as a separate disability and included under 'Specified Disability'.
Deafblindness refers to a condition in which people may have a combination of hearing and visual impairments causing severe communication, developmental, and educational problems. It is a combination of sight and hearing loss that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to access all kinds of information, and to get around.
The Census Survey of India doesn't include the number of Deafblind people but according to a survey by Sense International (India), there are approximately 4,00,000 to 5,00,000 Deafblind people in India.
These numbers highlight the importance for the essential services to understand & communicate with this large group of our population to ensure a life of dignity, satisfaction for them & have a truly inclusive society.
No one is incapable of being taught and no one can do without education. It is the fundamental birthright of every child to be loved and to be educated.
To be a pioneer NGO working in India for the betterment of children and youth who are Deaf, Deafblind and with additional disabilities by providing them with unconditional love, care and guidance and equipping them with education and vocational training to lead a dignified life.
Your support would go a long way in ensuring a brighter future for the MDVI/Deafblind students at HKIDB.
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