Online lessons for speech and hearing-impaired students: IIT Roorkee

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Dateline Roorkee: In an endeavour to support the differently-abled students amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, IIT Roorkee’s social initiative, Anushruti Academy for the Deaf is offering online lessons for hearing impaired students hailing from the marginalised sections of the society.

Anushruti Academy for the Deaf (AAD), formerly known as Roorkee School for the Deaf, was established in November 1989 by the then University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee).

IIT Roorkee has arranged for internet facilities as well as smartphones for these students to facilitate e-learning. The instructors record videos for students to inculcate these lessons with active support from the parents of the wards.

The initial hiccups in the e-learning process were resolved with the active support from the teacher-parent community. Besides academics, online classes also focus on imparting vocational skills and training in music to equip these students for future jobs.

IIT Roorkee has also put in place a weekly feedback mechanism to identify critical gaps in the e-learning process.