There are 18+ Million Deaf and 20+ Million Hard of Hearing Community in India who face many challenges, suffering and hardships in their lives due to the lack of Accessibility. The system of Education for Deaf people is very poor and this in turn causes them many changes to find jobs.
SHF aims to provide the best solutions to “Accessibility” issues faced by the Deaf people in India in order to uplift and enable them to lead an independent life.
Alok is a Deaf individual who faced many difficulties in his childhood and also hardship in communicating with hearing people due to lack of accessibility tools such as interpreters and subtitles. Realising that many Deaf persons would also be facing the same issues like him, he shared with Aqil Chinoy, also Deaf person from the Deaf family, and Mansi Shah, hearing child of Deaf parents, the thought of establishing an organisation that will cater to the accessibility needs of the 1.8 crore Deaf people. When Aqil and Mansi, as well as Alok’s entire family agreed to support his idea, the launching Signing Hands Foundation took birth.
With the help of Aqil and Mansi, Alok first launched ISH News, which has become India’s leading online news and entertainment channel for the Deaf Community in India.
After the successful launch of ISH News, ISH Shiksha was launched to help with the education needs of the Deaf Community in India.