Ruma Roka was a homemaker restless to find a mission and meaning to life. One day she came across a woman interpreting the News on National TV in Sign Language. She was deeply intrigued by the use of hands for communication and decided to learn Indian Sign Language.
Learning sign language got her in touch with the Deaf community and she was deeply moved to hear their stories of daily challenges – no acceptance in society, even within family and very few opportunities of employment and a general lack of awareness of sign language and the abilities of the Deaf.
She spent one year (2004) in experiential learning and meeting deaf people from all walks of life, young and old. She volunteered as an interpreter for deaf people in hospitals, in schools and wherever she could help them access civil services; it opened up her life to a community that had been side-lined for years from education and employment.
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