What is DEF; what does it do?
- DEF Skill Development & Training
- DEF Academy for Intermediate & Degree Students
- DEF ISL- Language Training for Deaf & Hearing
- DEF Youth Advancements
- DEF Woman Empowerment
- DEF Children Outreach
“We believe in the potential of the Indian deaf community and will sincerely work towards harnessing it, not just to help the Deaf lead dignified lives but also to ensure that in the growth story of this country, its deaf citizenry too play a part as significant as its abled counterparts.” quotes Mr.Sandeep, DEF’s Founder & Chairman.
In fact, DEF is one of the few organisations that uses technology and active social media platforms to reach out to its deaf beneficiaries who are present in the remotest corners of India. “We believe in keeping ourselves updated with every social conditions that can affect the deaf community. During the pandemic, when the deaf children’s education was being disrupted, we took it on ourselves to build up the country’s first education application to ensure no young mind is bereft of the rights they are entitled to.” Says Ms.Ramya Miryala, Director & COO, Deaf EnAbled Foundation.
What does Digient Technologies do?
What are the campaigns to support?
Mission Inclusion: Educational institutes and individuals should make education for deaf people more inclusive and accessible by developing technical vocabulary and learning ISL to eliminate barriers and make education inclusive and accessible.
Project Silent Conversations: According to a WHO report in the Down to Earth journal, Asia Pacific region alone accounts for 10% of the world’s deaf population and if it is believed the report says that this number is likely to see a spike in the next decade. Deaf children and even children who are partially deaf or hard of hearing require sign language not just to communicate but also for their overall development. Hence, it is imperative to sensitise the parents of these children to them how to use signs alongside their mother tongue to ensure they don’t feel socially isolated.
Even a hearing person could benefit immensely from learning to sign. Learning sign language will allow him/her not just to interact with the Deaf community but also to respect their culture and accommodate their opinions. In short, sign language can make you a better person – and that’s no exaggeration.