By A Staff Reporter
New Delhi: Monica Nagpal
cannot hear or speak. And she earns
Rs 1,500 per month working with the Delhi Foundation of Deaf Women.
Nagpal submitted her bio-data at the employment exchange three years ago,
without yielding any result. Now
she is desperate for a job that would give her little more financial security.
And the good news is her dreams may come true.
Nagpal and other
members at the DFDW have been short listed for educational assistance and
training at the Gallaudet University, USA.
This university claims to be the only one in the world that caters
exclusively to deaf students, from nursery classes through PhD programmes.
The DFDW has been
selected along with four other deaf associations based in Nepal and Philippines,
respectively, for the World Deaf Leadership program.
The winner among the five finalists will get US$ 60,000 a year for four
years, for teacher and parent training and all of them get educational
assistance from the university.
On Friday, deaf
children, women, and parents of deaf offsprings interacted with Robert T Mobley,
Senda Benaissa, Beverly Hollrah and Arthur Lee, all faculty members from the
university, as part of their assessment programme.
Though Indian and American sign languages are radically different, the
former uses both hands while the latter only one hand for symbols.
“All the Indian
hearing impaired women we met today are extremely hardworking,” said Mobley,
director, Centre for Global Education, Gallaudet University.
“They have put up a brave face against all odds.
The situation in USA is different from India as there you have mandates,
legislation, provision for interpretation and other facilities for the hearing
impaired. Moreover, deaf women
anywhere in the world seem to be facing more challenges than men in similar
the deaf Indian women enrol for advanced training, they will have to learn the
American sign language. “The
Indian sign language combines British and local signs,” said hearing impaired
Reenee Kuriyan, a founder member of the organisation.
“Our students will do bridge courses before they study advance
with the crowd was Krish Srikant, a DFDW member and son of a hearing impaired
couple. “No doubt life is tough
for the deaf and dumb people,” he said. “My
parents can’t speak or hear so the sign language became my mother tongue.
They were able to sustain themselves but are living a better life after
they received professional training. And
that is what we hope to achieve for the many deaf women dreaming of a better
future as they stand in this room.”
Rema N, a hearing impaired software operations student, who is looking forward
to earning her livelihood.
need to create deaf awareness in Delhi,” she said.
“People need to realise that those who can hear should be categorised
as the ‘hearing’ and not as ‘normal.’
As the opposite of ‘normal’ is ‘abnormal’ and we are not abnormal
in any way.”
Source: The Times Of India
Dated: May 19, 2001