Mission – Project Highlights – Online Learning and Teaching

Project Highlights – Online Learning and Teaching

SIX KEY AREAS OF LIFE SKILLS TRAINING AND HEALTH AWARENESS PROGRAMS This program provides deaf students with the opportunity to experience self-growth through improved communication and social interaction.

LIFE SKILLS BASIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (reading, writing and communication) Students will read articles from news, restaurant menu, notes, directions, schedule or to-do lists to develop reading and vocabulary skills and gain general knowledge. They will develop sequencing, interference, cause/effect, and questioning skills from these materials. The students will read, spell and apply use of functional words with real-life opportunities through medicine labels, the calendar, environmental signs, cleaning and household product labels, food labels, and job applications. The students will communicate through writing, Indian Sign Language and pictures.

Social Skills Development: This training emphasizes social awareness and helps deaf students build strong interpersonal relationships. Deaf students become familiar with workplace conventions, including money management, job interviewing and placement, work attitudes, and income.

Academics: deaf students, deaf adults acquire important reading, writing, and math skills. Depending on their proficiency, clients focus on learning basic concepts (reading and writing simple sentences, adding/subtracting) or developing more advanced skills (writing paragraphs, reading books, doing multiplication/division problems).

Career Information and Exploration: Students receive opportunities to learn about themselves and their interests related to traditional and nontraditional occupations and careers. Skills in employability, understanding the economic process, and career decision making and planning are taught. Various activities, such as field trips and job shadowing help them make better informed decisions about future employment plans.

Current Health Issues: Students will learn about specific health issues, such as mental and emotional health, drug prevention, human development and family health; health care, non-communicable and communicable diseases, and tobacco prevention. Sex Education topics will be discussed to expand better understanding of a person’s feelings and safety. Students will learn how to practice best healthenhancing behaviors and develop health and wellness advocacy skills.

Adult Roles and Responsibilities: Students will develop skills needed to function as an adult in today’s society. They will study interpersonal standards, lifespan roles and responsibilities, individual and family resource management, and financial responsibility and resources. Students will utilize thinking skills, communication skills, and fundamentals in order to be prepared for the adulthood.

Computer Training: Instructors teach a range of topics, from basic typing to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, to accommodate different skills levels. Instructors teach a range of topics, from basic typing to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, to accommodate different skills levels.

Physical Education: deaf students will learn about personal hygiene, nutrition, and the human body. As part of health awareness, clients learn exercises for staying physically fit.

Deaf Culture: Deaf students and adults will learn about Indian Sign Language and conversation etiquette in the Deaf community (ways of interacting, taking turns, getting attention).

Mission
a. To facilitate the IT and Web industry to share its skills with “Deaf Community” through the web, open source programming and assistive technology platforms by developing projects that improve the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing and improve access to information, education, health and awareness through assistive technology and make them independent.
b.To establish and promote working relationships within IT parks / SignTv Center for Assistive Technology and other organizations with an interest in enhancing the use of access technologies regarding the support, information and educational experiences of deaf.
c. To seek external funding through grants and donations to eventually fully support the operations of SignTv Center for Assistive Technology
d. To continually monitor and evaluate access needs within the deaf education community and contribute to the successful implementation of such technologies in as short a time period as possible.
e. To scan access technology and general information technology for potential benefits within deaf information and education and incorporate that knowledge within SignTv Center for Assistive Technology programs.
f. To prioritize possible solutions and projects given the knowledge gained from the analysis of needs and emerging innovative technologies to support the deaf and hard of hearing.
g. To seek support for initiatives that will compare and evaluate various access technologies and report findings to the academic community to guide decision-making with regards to offering support services to deaf students.
h. To report and disseminate current findings and developments supported by the center to appropriate organizations and individuals.
i. To develop and disseminate instruction and training on issues related to access technologies and deaf education.