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February Updates

March 14, 2011

It gives us immense pleasure to inform that our graph for employment is steeply heading northwards. With 26 employments this month of February the total number has reached to 302. This month total student strength at NDS has reached 424.

NDS team was invited to present mime at Barclays on the 8th of February. The staff at Barclays enjoyed watching the mime presentation as did NDS team performing it.

Later in the month on 24th February a team from Barclays paid a visit to NDS to study about volunteer options at NDS. Collecting information about deaf world and the areas to focus on for development of social and soft skills and work readiness among deaf, they also attended a basic sign language session. Not to forget that Barclays, in the past also, had organized various volunteerism programs to develop relations with the deaf; this was another effort to take it one step further.

14 deaf students from NDS were selected to work at different Costa Coffee outlets across NCR. These selected candidates undertook two days workshop at the Costa Coffee training centre in GK II. Learning about the work ethics and the nature of work at Costa Coffee they were all set to join at their respective work places. Shiwani Khanna (a dedicated volunteer) and Lalita another volunteer conducted the training in sign language for the deaf to understand better.

On 8th and 9th of February Ruma, our General Secretary went to Mangalore. A workshop was organized for the staff of MPhasis at their Mangalore office. A presentation was given to sensitize entire HR team about deafness and the positives of working with the deaf. Learning basic sign language was a part of the agenda.

Moving a step further towards our larger vision –to be the lighthouse for the deaf community we connected with a Deaf organization, this time in Mumbai, to train 14 youth out of which 12 were finally selected for on the job training at Agro Tech -Foods in various parts of Maharashtra. The module, which was followed in Hyderabad, was followed in Mumbai too.

This time again, Preeti Dhingra, our Program Manager, together with team from Agro Tech Foods conducted initial sensitization and sign language orientation for the Agro employees who would work with the deaf.

The students enthusiastically attended the two day workshop henceforth starting their training at different locations.

Our Annual Felicitation Ceremony of the NIIT Foundation Certification for DTP and MS Office students was held on 19th of February.

Mr. N.P. Singh Dy. CEO Noida graced the occasion by his presence and also awarded the certificates of completion for Desk-top Publishing and Graphic design to the 18 successful candidates.

Mr. P.Rajendran, COO NIIT Ltd., and Padmashree Mr. B.S.Das distributed the certificates for MS-Office to the 44 successful students.

The other special guests present at the function were Dr. Madan Vashisht (Phd – Gallaudet University) and Mr. Dheeraj Bhushan ( Director – HR Shangri La Hotel). The esteemed guests gave inspiring talk to our students which was interpreted by 2 efficient interpreters.

Ruma, our founder, in her speech, talked about previous experiences and the vision ahead, followed by a beautiful presentation about deafness and the capabilities of the deaf.

The highlight of the program was a dance performance by our deaf students who despite their handicap displayed perfect coordination.

The program concluded with National Anthem being presented in sign language.

Stay tuned for next month’s updates!. Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us via email or social media. Or best visit us at our Noida office!

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