Signing Hands Foundation (SHF) is a Non-Profit Organisation established with the objective of providing accessible education, support and awareness to the Deaf community in India. We would be grateful for your monetary help in providing us an opportunity to achieve these goals and work together towards an “inclusive” India.

All donation made to us are eligible for tax exemption under section 80G of IT Act 1961.

A main project has been launched under Signing Hands Foundation:

ISH Shiksha Logo Square

ISH SHIKSHA

To promote education thus ensuring the well-being of the Deaf Community and enabling them to lead an independent life.
www.ishshiksha.com

The ongoing issue in the Deaf community

There are 18 million Deaf people in India according to Census 2011 (the number is likely to have tripled in 2021). Out of this population, 99% are uneducated and facing lots of difficulties because of the following reasons:

  • Inadequate method of accessible education, which became worse during COVID-19 pandemic when the schools shifted to online video-conferencing.
  • The inability of Deaf children to communicate in their hearing family and the community.
  • The TV and News channels are broadcasted in spoken languages which are not understood by the Deaf people. 
  • Their limitations in knowledge resulted in issues with employment which further affected their style of living.

Solutions offered by SHF

  • Produce different categories of educational videos in accessible format = ISL with voice overs and visual images carefully tailored for both Deaf and hearing children from 2 years old onward.
  • Launching the basic Indian Sign Language courses for the hearing people with the mission of reducing the communication gap.
  • Maintaining online education like English skills development, economics, bakery etc. to educate the Deaf.
  • Producing more videos on healthy lifestyles, confidence-building, moral stories, etc. to enlighten the Deaf community.
  • Extending the support to Deaf schools to provide accessibility for the Deaf.
  • Conducting the training workshops and seminars for the Deaf leaders from different parts of India.

How did we make a big positive change in the Deaf Community?

Since our aim is to provide 100% accessibility, all our videos include Indian Sign Language, the mother tongue of the Deaf Community, which is clearly understood by them.

image We help not only the Deaf but also everyone who wishes to learn ISL, especially those who work with Deaf people such as the parents of Deaf children, teachers, employers, public service officers, etc.
image ISL with voiceover ensures that Deaf as well as Hearing children have equal access to the educational resources, thus promoting an inclusive world for them.
image We ensure “inclusion” by building a bridge between teachers and the students, regardless of their disabilities and providing the education in accessible format.
image By sharing COVID-19 related information and public safety announcements, we are, in fact, saving the lives of the Deaf individuals during the pandemic.
image The manifests of the political parties without any bias released via ISH News channel enabled the Deaf people to vote for the first time in their lifetime at their own independent choice.
image Many Deaf people build up their vocabulary skills in English, Hindi and ISL combined after watching our channel.

PLEASE SUPPORT US

Our foundation has gone to great lengths to provide accessibility for the Deaf Community. We would highly appreciate it if you could support us financially which would greatly help in the sustainability of our operations and empower us further in providing accessibility for the Deaf Community.

All donation made to us are eligible for tax exemption under section 80G of IT Act 1961.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach us.