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Sensitization

A day prior to the joining of three Deaf Candidates, a team from NDS conducted sensitization session with the supervisors Mr. Bhawani Singh & Mr. Hemant Kumar and their colleagues at Imperial Automobiles at Faridabad. Ms. Kitty Gupta took a brief session of Sign Language. She briefed them about Deaf youth capabilities & abilities, about their culture. She conducted a small sign language session by teaching the students alphabets and basic vocabulary in sign language the brief session was focused on process specific vocabulary and basic communication as to how to communicate with each other in work place. NDS team member Mr. Sameer and Ms. Kitty went with the Students who would be joining the Company the following day to also have a round of exposure to all the sections of the Unit.h.

Shangri – La Eros Hotel’s Embrace

NDS has been collaboratingith Shangri-La Eros Hotel for any programmes related to Hospitality. This year too we are implementing three months training programme on hospitality in collaboration with Shangri-La Eros Hotel under their CSR initiatives. The programme is called Shangri – La Eros Hotel Embrace Training. In this training, trainees are made to understand the whole detail of Hotel such as - the term Hotel, Hotel overview, overview of different departments of hotel. Purpose of people coming to stay in hotels; facilities a hotel provides; importance of good guest services and ensuring guest comfort and satisfaction with the service etc. This kind of training allows them to embrace the insight of Hospitality Industry and hence leverage their skill which enables them to get a job in Hospitality Industry at ease.

Yum Academy Certification

A result for a month long training programme on Retail & Hospitality with Yum Academy which completed last month has been declared. 20 students who got enrolled for the training completed the training successfully and they were awarded with certificates by Yum Academy. Ankit and the team from Yum Academy with Ruma and Aditi from NDS. This certificate will help them in applying for jobs in retails sector

Foundation's Day Celebration

13th June is a special day for the students and staff of NDS. This is the day when Ruma founded NDS and this special day is celebrated every year with much exuberance. Ravi Dwivedi and Digvijay, our trainer and Volunteer respectively took on the stage as emcees and started the program by welcoming everyone and sharing the significance of the day. We then had Ruma on the stage where she once again motivated and inspired the students and team to move ahead despite odds. This was followed by her presentation. Everyone especially the older students felt nostalgic looking at the pictures and going down memory lane. The highlight of the day were experience sharing, certification for staff and trainers who have completed five years of working with NDS, dance and mime performances from students and of all the outreach centres of Delhi, Jaipur and Hisar depicting some comic and some more serious issues. Mime performed by hearing staff depicting their first experience in NDS was much fun aided color to the celebration. The deaf girls of NDS presented a perfectly coordinated dance
performance and even though there was no music, the energy levels were infectious. Celebrations concluded with the lunch.

New Center

The Jaipur centre which shifted a month back to a new place got inaugurated on 2nd June, 2014. And is now completely supported by Axis Bank Foundation. Dnyanada Karnad from Axis Bank Foundation came from Mumbai to attend the inauguration. Axis Bank Circle Head, Mr. Anil Aggarwal also graced the event with his presence. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by Ruma giving Mr. Anil a brief about the programme. Teachers Pankaj and Suresh gave the details about the centre and thanked Mr. Anil for taking time out of his schedule to come. Mr. Anil shared his experience that he was elated to be there with NDS. He also had offered to facilitate the visit by NDS students to the Axis Bank in Jaipur. Dnyanada also shared her experience of being with NDS for so long and she also asked the students to grab this opportunity and learn as much as they can.

Look up with Adobe

Adobe has been NDS knowledge partner. They have been supporting and empowering us in IT related matter by giving TOTs (Training of Trainers) time to time. This time too, Mr. Amit Agarwal from Adobe took training session with NDS Trainers and staff on Excel's VLOOKUP & Pivot Table. This training enables us learn how to find specific information in large data tables such as NDS Students data, an inventory list of parts or a large contact list; he taught us on the usage of formulas and its function that can be used to create specific lookup formulas. And also the steps to find specific information in a spreadsheet table

Children taking audiometric tests

“Star Key Foundation is an organization which has been helping our deaf students every year with the hearing aids. This year Star Key is associating with the Being human Foundation to distribute hearing aids to the deaf students. The students who had some audibility and are coming from financially weaker backgrounds would be benefitted with the technically advanced hearing aids. This gadget combined with speech therapy would help the young deaf students get some speech. On 6th of May, Ear Moulds were taken of the eligible candidates and Audiometric test conducted which will help the doctors to identify the type of Hearing aid to be given to a particular student.”

Parents Counselling Session in Civil lines Center

On 2nd May’14 NDS conducted an interactive as well as counseling session with the parents of the students of Lady Noyce School, Delhi Gate . The basic objective of conducting this session was to motivate the parents to encourage their wards to join our Summer Special program as well as regular courses at our Civil lines centre, New Delhi & Sector-36, Noida. In total, 52 parents attended the session which lasted for more than 3 hours. The sessions witnessed parents putting up a lot of queries related to Summer as well as regular program, its certification, the timings, about our centre location & the employment opportunities we are offering after the courses. Some parents had concerns about their wards esp females travelling to our centres in the afternoon hours. NDS team addressed their concerns citing past & current experiences and it was felt that the parents were feeling bit satisfied with the outcome of the session.
The Special Program has received a good response from the parents and they have shown keen interest in it.

Yum! Academy

Yum is the World largest Restaurant Company. NDS conducted One Month Training Programme on Retail & Hospitality with Yum Academy under their CSR activities. The training would enable the deaf youth to know the concept of fast food restaurant and to understand better Retail and Hospitality Industries such as difference between Retail and Hospitality, types of retail & hospitality, benefits and disadvantages. Five modules of the Yum Acadamy were taught which includes - personal hygiene and grooming, food safely, work ethics, positive attitude team work. They also conducted field visit . This training enhanced skill set and hence employability of deaf youth in the same sector would increase. A month long training program went off well with much interactions and enthusiasms shown by the students as the same was accompanied by an inspirational video show as well time to time. Exam was conducted to assess their learning with the completion of
the training and now students are eagerly waiting for the results and certificates.

Patel Vidyalaya

Patel Vidyalaya (SPV) every year organizes an Activity Week under which the students of higher secondary classes opt and choose from different vocational classes.. Like previous years, this year also NDS was invited to hold sign language classes for the students. The three day long workshop took off on 15th April to continue till 17th. NDS trainers Mona and Ravi Dwivedi accompanied by Ruma and Aditi, from NDS facilitated the sessions held in the school.

A team of Teach for India

A team of Teach for India fellows visited NDS on 16th April. The purpose of this visit was to understand our work and to have a face to face time with the Deaf youth by observing them and the class rooms.The fellows also interacted with the students, Ruma, facilitators and instructors after which they had small and large group reflection.

A team comprising of 14 people

Dhaulagiri Deaf (Residential) School, Baglung Birat Deaf Secondary School, Biratnagar & Ministry of Education/Department, Nepal , visited NDS. The visit enabled them to gain better understanding of the work NDS is doing and the pedagogy being followed by NDS. Their visit to NDS enhanced their knowledge on empowering Deaf youth.

Ruma was invited to speak at the Townhall organized by a leading Hospitality group Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza

On 29th April’14. Ruma took this opportunity to address a large gathering of hotel staff including the key functionaries as well as representatives of various departments of the hotel about NDS, the work NDS is doing for the deaf community and to share her idea of mainstreaming the deaf youth by breaking the language barrier and enabling them to be productive partners in the industry.

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicap

On 4th March, 2014 seven students of Indian Sign Language from AYJNIHH, New Delhi accompanied by their teacher Mr. Arvind Karbhari visited Noida Deaf Society (NDS) as a part of their exposure visit. The students interacted with the NDS students and the trainers to know about their views. They also interacted with the Founder of the organization and the Management team. The group expressed deep gratitude to the entire NDS on concluding their visit. Expressing their feelings, the group leader Ms Sangeeta Singh penned down her words “It was a wonderful experience meeting all people associated with NDS. We would like to associate ourselves with NDS in future. With Best wishes...”

JNU Students

Dr. Melisa, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistic, JNU along with her students visited us on 21st March. The purpose of their visit was to study the use of Sign Language. They were quite amazed at the academic activities that the society is conducting in such systemic ways, (with a designed curriculum) and the availability of technological aids for such purpose. It was indeed inspirational for them to find how much the society has done for the Deaf community in just a short span of time.

Happy Holi

Holi, on 14th March, student and staff of NDS celebrated Holi with enthusiasm and gaiety marking the season of hope and joy, the gloom of the winter goes as it promises the bright summer days. It was celebrated with fun full of color and with great joy.

Annual Felicitation Ceremony 2014

Annual Felicitation Ceremony, event of Certification of our Graduating Students of IT programs namely Basic IT, The Desktop Publishing/ Graphic Design, Computer Networking Hardware Course. These programs have been accredited by the NIIT foundation. 135 deaf students from NDS were awarded with certificates by - Our Chief Guest Dr. Naresh Gupta, Senior Vice President, Print and Publishing, and Managing Director, Adobe India, our Guest of honour- Mr. Farhat Jamal , Area Manager & General Manager Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, Brigadier Rajiv Williams Corporate Head – CSR, Jindal Stainless Limited, Mr. P. Rajendran, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director, NIIT, Padma Shree, Mr.B.S.Das - Chairman Fairwood Group. , Mr. Pierre de Rancourt, Managing Director, COWI India (P) Ltd., Mr.Dheeraj Bhushan- Director of Human Resource- Shangri La’s Eros Hotel. We were honored to have them with us for the day. Two students namely – Jatinder Kalsa and Angali Yadav were also awarded with The Nirmala Das Award for Excellence by Mr.B.S.Das.

Beside the proud faces of the students the highlight of the day was the performances- Dance and Mime by deaf students of NDS. The dance was performed on the song ‘Jai Ho’ – the ‘message of hope and triumph’ and mime was enacted by a group of NDS students on ‘unity in diversity’. It was an eagerly awaited event for the students passing out from these courses in December’13, the ceremony was held on 1st March, 2014 at Indira Kalakendra Auditorium, Sector – 6 Noida.



Columbia Asia Hospital Visit

On 31st Jan, a team from Columbia Asia Hospital visited and conducted Hearing Assessment on children at Primary Education Centre, ENT specialists conducted tests to shortlist students who could be benefitted / retain hearing power and speech from surgical intervention.

Workshops/Conference

On 30th January, 25 students of NDS along with Ruma participated in a special creative enquiry workshop held at NGMA National Gallery of Modern Art. It was a solo exhibition of work by Subodh Gupta, entitled ‘everything is inside’. Students were motivated seeing different sections of the exhibition. They too participated after forming three groups, discussed among themselves and came up with beautiful and meaningful work on ‘books give us wings’, ‘I have everything in my house’ .

Ruma attended Teach for India

On the 18th of January 2014 Ms. Ruma Roka attended “Delhi City Conference” which was organized by Teach for India. The purpose of the conference was to do a Leadership Forum with their fellows. She took a session on "Inclusiveness in classroom with reference to the integration of the deaf and the mute" her presentation was much appreciated by the fellows and all the other speakers present in the conference. After the meeting she received good feedback and met with many educated youth who are passionate about the education.