a) In house teachers training is conducted for all teachers on all working days to further hone their skills in teaching deaf children through bilingual approach. ISL training is held for teachers as well as students on a regular basis to improve their ISL skills, Level-‘A’ ISL certificate course is offered locally by the Institute.
b) Separate, 03 month ISL classes are also held for the parents of the deaf students as well as outsiders/ volunteers wishing to work with hearing impaired persons.
c) A Parent-Teacher Association has been formed and registered under the relevant state regulation to ensure involvement of parents in the educational process for their wards, as the same is considered absolutely necessary to ensure a deaf child’s ultimate success.
d) Regular PTA meetings are held to discuss the children’s progress apprise parents of Institutes activities and counsel parents on their contribution towards the overall improvement and progress of their wards
e) Regular counseling is also provided to the parents, to help them develop right altitude towards their deaf children, relieve their anxiety and frustration towards their wards, apprise them about various facilities and professional help available for them from Central/State Govt., etc.
f) Facilitate admission of successful ex-students to higher level courses, through effective liasioning with various institutions/colleges offering suitable courses for deaf children.
g) Facilitate employment of ex-students in central/state govt. jobs as well as public and private sector undertakings through effective liasioning with them. An understanding also exists with Titan Industries, Dehradun whereby most of the strapping and packaging work for the watches manufactured by them, is offered to our ex-students. A cell has been opened by the Institute in close vicinity of the Titan Industries where 20 of our ex-students are employed at any given time for undertaking this activity, which has generated fruitful employment to several of our hearing impaired ex-students.
h) The Institute has been designated a study centre by IGNOU w.e.f. 2010 for conduct of Teacher’s Training Programs in Special Education, Hearing Impairment, namely B.Ed. SEHI, PGPD SEHI and CESE-HI. Accordingly, the first 2-year B.Ed. SEHI courses comprising of 40 students commenced in 2010, was completed in June 2012. The following courses are currently in process:
i) B.Ed. SE-HI Programs, comprising 40 students each, which commenced from July 2011 and July 2012 respectively.
ii) Second PGPD SE_HI Program of 40 students, w.e.f. July 2012.
iii) The first CE SE-HI Program of 40 students w.e.f. July 2012.
j) In house audiology testing utilizing the state-of –the art diagnostic centre existing within the Institute to assess the degree and type of deafness.
k) Psychological assessment of children with disabilities to provide detailed information to the special educators on various aspects of child’s personalities, abilities, limitations and potential etc. This in turn also helps formulate suitable IEPs in respect of each child and his subsequent management. The task of the psychologist is also to make the child understand and accept his special needs and to enable him to cope with them. Based on the psychological assessment, the parents are also counseled on how best to manage and help their wards at home.
l) The Institute was designated the State Resource Centre(SRC) for Hearing Impairment, Uttarakhand, from 2005 to 2011. This entailed conduct of outreach camps throughout the state (all 13 districts), even in the remotest areas to spread awareness about Hearing Impairment among the general populace, on the spot audio-logical testing/screening of suspected cases identified in liaison with local administrative personnel/ health workers, distribution of suitable hearing aids to identified persons, etc. On the spot counseling was also provided to the concerned family members on the management and education of deaf children. One of the functions of SRC also includes state govt. on all policy matters concerning the education/ inclusion of Hearing Impaired persons and development of Human Resources to work in this area.
m) Active participation in state level activities of SSA, RMSA and training of BDOs, field workers, rural health workers, Asha workers, etc, in aspects related to Hearing Impairment.
n) Active involvement in the activities of Dehradun Disabilities Forum, which brings specialists in all types of disabilities, on to one platforms to discuss and contribute towards overall development, welfare, etc of disabled persons and their families within the district.
o) Active participation in formulation of revised PWD Act under the auspices of PCI.
p) Ensuring frequent participation of Institute’s academic staff in various national/ state/local conferences, workshops and seminars organized by related organizations working in the disability field such as NCED, RCI, INGOU, etc to keep them abreast of the latest developments in terms of technologies/ techniques in education/ management of HI students.
q) Frequent efforts to upgrade/improve training activities, facilities etc with the help of specialized consultants of international/national repute invited form USA, Sweden and England. Dr. Madan Vashisht, a professor in Gallaudet University, USA and an eminent expert of this field, is a permanent member of the Institute’s Advisory Committee. He visits the Institute at least once every year to review the progress and make suggestions / recommendations for further improvements.
r) The children are taken on frequent educational visits to agencies/ organizations, such as post offices, banks, departmental store, zoo, parks, etc as part of the Institute’s efforts to provide them with real life experience of dealing with such agencies. Lectures were also organized by representatives of state Traffic Police to explain Traffic rules regulations/ management to the HI children.
s) Make efforts for sponsoring of hearing aids by private businesses, etc for distribution to needy children.