New Tech Center for Persons with Disabilities in India

The National Institute of Speech and Hearing and Federal Bank of India are supporting higher education for persons with disabilities by building an Assistive Technology Center in the country.

Vijaya Raghavan, Director and state planning board member of the National Institute of Speech and Hearing underscores the importance of such an initiative. “AT plays a vital role in providing access to higher education for persons with disabilities, enhancing their functional capabilities in terms of acquiring knowledge and skills, eventually leading to better job opportunities and uplifting their social standing.”

The two entities recently signed an MOU to go forward with the project, with Dr. Samuel N Mathew, Executive Director of the National Institute of Speech and Hearing and Shyam Srinivasan, the Managing Director and CEO of Federal Bank representing the parties. The two completed the deal by delivering a check of Rs 20 million to Oommen Chandy, Kerala chief minister.

The National Institute of Speech and Hearing is in the process of transitioning into the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies. These tools will be available for all its students. Finally, this center will not only teach students, but will also be a site of research and development to improve locally-relevant assistive technology in India.

Source: YourStory Media Private Limited