a) The Institute offers comprehensive education to deaf children from pre-school to Senior Secondary level. Presently it has 140 regular students on its academics roster.
b) The syllabi followed at various levels is as follows:-
- Pre-school I to Pre- school III [Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Hearing Handicapped(AYJNIHH), Mumbai]
- Class I to class VIII (Books of NCERT)
- Class IX to class XII (NIOS board syllabus).
The students are prepared for appearing in class X and XII NIOS board examinations, which are held twice (in April and Oct.)every year.
c) Method/approach – Educational Bilingualism- wherein mode of Communication is Indian Sign Language (Base language/ Language 1) and second Language (target language) is English (used for reading and writing)
d) All students are imparted a comprehensive training in Indian Sign Language at the time of induction. ISL is thereafter used to develop their second language skills (English), which is also the medium of written instructions at the school.
- Modified Block Scheduling is followed for the primary classes. In this scheduling English and Mathematics are taught in longer periods. This system works great for the younger children, especially since English is the key to all subjects.
e) Real life and individualized Mathematics Teaching – Teachers make Mathematics and let each student work at his /her own pace. They are made to use real life problems at English is also infused while teaching mathematics concepts.
f) Visual learning- Since deaf are visual learners, class rooms seating arrangements are made such that each student is in visual contact with the teacher all the time. Visual support is provided with lot of teaching learning materials, white boards, charts, maps, OHPs and multi-media projector, etc. to facilitate easier learning children. Important information is posted every where and student’s work is displayed in classrooms to further aid visual learning.
g) Unit approach- Instead of teaching subjects in isolation, the focus is on a team of unit and all subjects are taught within the context. This helps students, especially young deaf children retain information better due to repetition of important topics, concepts and vocabulary.
h) Development and implementation of Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) for all students
i) Every effort is made to motivate children to learn by encouraging the better performers in the class (daily), in assembly (weekly) and annually by way of merit certificates etc.