Project Title: The Adarsh School for Deaf Children
Partner Since: 2007
The Adarsh School for Deaf Children is a program of the Pingalwara Welfare Society.
The Pingalwara Society was formed in 1947 by Bhagat Puran Singh, to provide shelter to homeless orphans, the mentally and physically handicapped, the incurably sick, and the very poor. The name Pingalwara embodies these goals, from the Punjabi pingal (handicapped) and wara (shelter). Through Mr. Singh's continued efforts and donations, the Pingalwara Welfare Society found a permanent home in 1952, and began housing 16 deaf children. Since that initial start, numerous early intervention, hearing, and training programs have been implemented, chief among them being the Adarsh School for Deaf Children.
Attendance at the Adarsh School has grown to 543:
- 63 students in the School for the Deaf
- 105 mentally handicapped students
- 30 children in vocational training programs
Adarsh School teaches sign language through computer technology, and is very proud to have created the Punjabi Sign Language Dictionary, the first of its kind in India. Home of Hope support has resulted in measurable improvements in increasing the wellbeing of the Pingalwara inhabitants and affecting the way Indian society views handicaps.
Highlights of past funding, working closely with retired Captain R.P. Singh and the Pingalwara Welfare Society:
- Set up a state-of-the-art computer lab with 20 computers, which supports 450 children from the Adarsh School.
- Coordinated and set up a cooperative project called the Sister City Project with the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness in Berkeley, California, where they provided us professional training and our teaching methodology.
- Funded advanced audio and speech training equipment, including four computers, a field amplification system and custom software, LCD monitors, a laptop computer, and collar mikes.
- Funded the cost of nine teachers.
- Made special software for speech therapy and sign language available for other institutes who deal with deaf children.
Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Continued support of the program
- Early identification and intervention training for Pingalwara teachers and the community at large
- Collaboration with Pingalwara on recommendations for teacher training, curriculum enhancement, and improved classroom learning environment programs
- Newborn hearing screening program
- Parent education program
Breaking the Sound Barrier
- Meet Mandeep Singh, a student at the Adarsh School for Deaf Children. This pioneering school gave the naturally shy young man the skills to overcome his handicap and emerge from the isolation his nature and his handicap would have condemned him to. Today he is a successful carpenter.