NDS conducts market-aligned trainings keeping in mind our vision to mainstream deaf youth. We are pioneers in developing customized curriculum designed for easier comprehension through visual-aids. These trainings are conducted by Deaf trainers, who not only fulfil a much needed gap of role models but are efficient teachers as well.
Indian Sign Language
The uniqueness at NDS is the training of all our students in Indian Sign Language. Deaf people are natural signers and at NDS we streamline their natural communication in sign language through structured lesson plans. This course forms the very basis of learning for the students and once they have achieved better vocabulary, comprehension and free flowing communication in sign language they are able to join other training programs.
Owing to the prevalent focus on speech and oralism in the Deaf schools, students are unable to understand the content being taught in the classrooms. On evaluation ,students who come to NDS for the first time have a vocabulary of mere 40-50 words. We start by developing their vocabulary to 200-250 words and to be able to make simple sentences. At a later stage the students are also taught the complexities of English grammar usage in the written form to be able to communicate in the mainstream world – at the workplace or in everyday situations.
NDS has developed a specialized curriculum for MS Office which helps build basic IT Skills of students in Word, Excel and Internet. The curriculum was developed keeping in mind the visual capabilities of the deaf community, using Powerpoint presentations to cater the needs and challenges of the students. At the end of the course, the students are put through evaluation exam and are certified by The NIIT Foundation.
Key Boarding Skills (Level 1, 2 and 3)
For the deaf youth many of whom have never seen a computer before or never having had an opportunity to learn computer skills-This program is a pre-curser to the MS Office Course and gives them basic understanding of computers and develops hand eye coordination and practice on the keyboard.
Networking and Hardware
A+ certification, a pioneering and professional course made accessible to the deaf youth at NDS where they are taught about different components of a personal computer(PC), operating systems in a PC, installation of hardware devices, troubleshoot windows OS, and network communications and internet technologies.
Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design
Keeping in mind the visual abilities of the deaf youth, the Desktop Publishing and Graphic Designing course gives hands-on learning and experience of designing software’s like Photoshop, Corel Draw, In Design, Illustrator. The curriculum has been developed in house with the help of instructional designers and is aligned to the needs of the industry and mapped to the inherent skills of the youth.
Data Entry Operations
This course is focused on the needs of the back-end operations of the BPO Industry and the possibilities of job opportunities for the youth. The students are taught Advance excel which entails various formula, pivot table, V Look up and Advance Word and PowerPoint.
The purpose of introducing this program was to hone the skills of the learners for the booming mobile market and the possibility of entrepreneurship initiatives. Deaf students come to NDS, with different capacities, some of them not having the skills to fit into mainstream jobs or workplace.
Program offered to interested individuals not only with the purpose of personal grooming but also to provide them with an opportunity to enhance their earning capability. It is a 3 months short-term course where the students are given hands on experience on beauty parlor training such as threading, waxing, facials manicure and pedicure.
An entry level course for new students with very limited prior learning or slow development. These students are given individual attention to develop basic vocabulary in ISL and communication skills.
The classes are held keeping in mind the curious minds of our deaf students. Their isolation in the physical world is mitigated when the world of web opens up for them. The course trains the students in Browsing, creating email ids, using google search, video calling, ticket booking and cloud sharing
Educomp Smart Classes
Educomp Smart Classes is a K12 multi media curriculum that leverages technology to teach children through visuals and digital modules covering multiple subjects such as Hindi, English, Environmental Science and Maths; making it far more interactive and comprehensible. We have used the Smart Class content to enhance the learning of the youth.
The course aims to provide a holistic training to the students. They can learn about the world and general key information to develop their minds and increase knowledge. The natural curiosity of deaf youth keeps them interested in learning about one’s culture, Geography, leaders and Sports among others.
Core Soft Skills / Pre- Employment Training and Workplace Ethics
NDS has made life-skill training an integral part of all the programs. The life-skill training focuses on developing a sense of self and creating a positive vision of the future through developing inherent strengths. An important part of the training is also to train them in work place ethics.
OUTREACH PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
An initiative of Noida Deaf Society that aims to impact deaf young adults in 2 tier / 3 tier cities . The aim of this program is to –
i) Promote Indian Sign Language in schools through a Train the Trainer program. This would change the student teacher interactions in the deaf schools and lead to real educational development. NDS would do this through partnerships with Govt. Deaf Schools, National and State Level Deaf Organizationsand other Institutes working in the disability space.
ii) This program would also reach out to students in the deaf schools and teach enabling programs such as – basic English literacy and ISL . A sound base in language skills among the children will help improve their performance in school and will enable them to access knowledge.
The process of mainstreaming them would be less complex if they have acquired the right skills in their initial years. Keeping this in mind we conduct Sign Language Session for the teachers of these deaf Schools for better teaching.
iii) The need of the hour being employment for students who have completed their schooling and there are many such youth who are unable to move to the bigger cities for employment. Through this program NDS would also be conducting short-term training in work-place ethics and soft skills and would be facilitating employment in their home towns itself.
iv) Mainstream Schools impact – we have been conducting Indian Sign language orientation classes in mainstream schools. The objective is to create an aware and sensitive society where young able bodied students are given exposure to the diversity of people and understanding of deafness, leading to a future society of sensitive and aware individuals.
Primary Education for Deaf Children
We have about 60 children in the age group of 5-14 years coming primarily from Noida, Delhi and Ghaziabad. These children mostly belong to economically weaker section of the society. We conduct classes from Nursery to Class IV.
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The classes are graded based on skills and not age. We follow the Bi-Lingual method of education giving the children a strong first language i.e sign language. This language then becomes the medium of communication and also a medium for teaching other subjects.
Supplementary Education for School Going Deaf Children
A special afternoon program for school going deaf children.. The focus of this program is to bridge the gaps in the education system for the deaf students and develop core life skills. The students are taught using Educomp Smart classes as the deaf children are visual learners and digital modules are an effective way of learning.