Educate and Empower the Blind through Technology

 
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Residential Computer Training

ABOUT SNEHADEEP

Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled is a non-profit and charitable organization working towards the upliftment and betterment of the differently abled in the areas of education, computer training and soft skills. It also spreads its wings far and wide to include development of the girl child, and education and empowerment of destitute  women in its agenda. 

MISSION STATEMENT

To make the differently abled employable, thus bringing them to the main stream and to help them lead a life with dignity and economic independence.

LEADING THE WAY

Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled was established by 3 visually impaired graduates, with a strong will to educate the differently-abled and create opportunities for them. The backbone of the organization is the buoyancy of these three strong-minded men.  The founding trustees are:

Mr. Paul Muddha as its managing trustee. He envisioned the emergence of morally empowered and economically independent students from Snehadeep.

He holds B.A honors from Bangalore University, MA economics from Mysore university and is credited with being the first MBA graduate among the visually challenged in Karnataka. He is working as a Manager in Canara Bank. He is the first visually challenged to get this coveted post.  He has 14 years of experience in social work, especially with the blind and other challenged persons.

Mr. Paul Muddha is the recipient of the National Award  from his Excellency Dr.APJ Abdul kalam in 2004 and State Award received from her Excellency the governor of Karnataka Mrs. Ramadevi in 2002 for his social service.

He has taken youth to America and Europe several times for cultural and educational exchange programmes to provide exposure to the challenged persons.

Mr.K. G. Mohan who holds a B.A and has undergone stenography training to teach the blind is currently working in SBI. He has a rich experience in rehabilitating differently abled persons.

Mr. Sreemann Narayan B.G   (B.Com, M.A in Philosophy, PGDPM in PMBA, BMIR, IOPM, IRLL, EMMHrd and AMIBM).Retired as a senior Labor inspector and conciliation officer for the Government of Karnataka, having hands-on experience as an enforcement officer under various labor laws especially child labor.

He has received the national award from her excellency smt. Prathibha Patil in 2009

Apart from the trustees, the trust has to its credit many eminent personalities to assist and guide the trust in many of its programmes from time to time.

CURRENT PROGRAMMES

Snehadeep currently provides education to 100 differently abled students under the Integrated Education Programme.

The Free Residential Computer Training Programme to the visually and physically challenged trains  45 students/youths. Under this programme, the students are taught computer training, English communication, leadership qualities, carrier guidance, motivational subjects and confidence building. It  goes one step further to even identify suitable jobs for students according to their aptitude after the completion of the course.

INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY

Snehadeep is well-versed with JAWS [Job access with speech], a screen reading software that  is used to facilitate the visually challenged to learn computers.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Snehadeep considers it its moral responsibility to  be a diligent and pervasive support to the specially challenged. It  has conducted several seminars on the burning issues facing them. The recent seminar was on the Disability Act where it recommended 52 amendments to the act through the governor of the state [Karnataka].

Snehadeep also takes initiative to conduct health camps, particularly Eye Check up Camps to better the vision of the blind and instill a ray of hope among them. This year alone, 50 eye operations have been conducted, in addition to providing corrective lenses and vision to 6 students.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Snehadeep has empowered and placed 13 candidates in good jobs in a short span. They consider Snehadeep their Alma Mater and elixir of life.

Organised a seminar on mobility which led to the installation of music bells in traffic signals all over Bangalore leading to better mobility for the visually impaired

Organised a seminar on changes in the Persons with disability act which led to the formation of a new drafting committee for the act which is under consideration for amendment and soon a new act willl come in force

 

Organised hands on training to tackle competitive exams and two students cleared the exam to join State bank of Mysore.

VISION FOR THE FUTURE

So far we have been carrying out all these activities with limited resources and have progressed in providing employment to the trained candidates and educating the children. We are determined to expand  the activities to more number of beneficiaries in the months to come. The primary goal of establishing Snehadeep was to provide food, shelter, education, training & employment for the visually impaired and physically challenged. However it has developed a more comprehensive vision over the years:

  1. To  create awareness about the needs & abilities of the differently abled through seminars & social events.
  2. Setting up placement & vocational training cells
  3. Encouraging sports & cultural activities.
  4. To expand IED scheme to provide  non-residential services to students to pursue education.
  5. In the long-run Snehadeep seeks  to become  a profit centre only to ensure sustainability.

 

TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR VISUALLY CHALLENGED

Snehadeep has an ambitious programme, to reach out to nearly 2000 students all over Karnataka to provide them a wholistic personality development to build their communication, goal setting, assertiveness and decision making skills.

The training programme will look at making the visually challenged students who have just completed their tenth and twelvth standard examinations make a better and informed choice about their future by helping them through career counseling and also increase their leadership skills by helping them form self help groups among themselves.

 

Program Outline:

 

The program is designed to bridge the gap that exists in our mainstream education for the visually challenged and the Industry expectation and also the challenges faced by the blind Student community to survive in the fiercely competitive Corporate World.

The Program is an effort to bring together the visually impaired Student Community, Corporate and Universities/Educational Institutions under one roof.

 

Detailed Program outline:

 

Communication Skills:  - (4 hours)

 

  • Barriers in communication
  • Speaking
  • Thinking & Listening skills
  • Improving Vocal Variety
  • Body language
  • Persuasive Communication

 

Assertiveness: - (2 hours)

 

  • Qualities of an assertive person
  • Situation Recall
  • Self-assessment on assertiveness
  • 3 Types of behavior
  • Barriers in assertiveness
  • Assertiveness tips
  • Case studies & role-plays

 

People Skills: - (4 hours)

 

  • Conversational Skills
  • Handling Emotions
  • Giving Feed back

 

Goal Setting: - (2 hours)

 

  • Short Term & Long term Goals
  • Characteristics of Effective Goal Setting
  • Practical’s on Setting Goals

 

 

 

 

Leadership: - (2hours)

 

  • Leadership Styles
  • Characteristics of an effective Leader
  • Transformational Vs Transactional Leaders
  • Exercises on becoming an Effective Leader

 

Team Building: - (4hours)

 

  • Adjusting in Teams
  • Characteristics of Effective Team Work
  • Team Player Style
  • Stages of Team Formation

 

Time Management: - (2hours)

 

  • Time Wasters and handling Time Wasters
  • Four Quadrant Model of Urgent and Important work
  • Using Time Effectively

 

Stress Management: - (2hours)

 

  • Types of Stress
  • Causes of Stress
  • Techniques of Handling Stress & Stress Busters

 

Corporate Etiquette & Grooming: - (2hours)

 

  • Campus to Corporate change
  • Do’s & Don’ts of the Corporate world
  • Personal Grooming

 

 

Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning: - (4hours)

 

  • Understanding and logical problem solving
  • Short cuts to mathematical problems
  • Data Interpretation

 

Employment Skills: - (4hours)

 

  • Resume writing
  • Group discussions
  • Personal and stress interview handling

 

Trainers

The trainers for the programme are highly experience and skilled and include the following

1. Anish Kumar C.J, Author,  Advocate & Certified Trainer.
2. Dr. Rajdeep Manwani, co-odinator Department of commerce JainUniversity, corporate trainer and quizmaster.
3. Dr. B.S. Raghu, Consultant & Certified Trainer.
4. Prof. B. Suresh, Faculty Alliance University, Bangalore.
5. Ms. Parimala, Certified Trainer.

Snehadeep envisages to reach out to the visually challenged in their own districts instead of them coming to the cities. The training programme will have a set of well educated instructors and professionals having rich experience in handling different situations and dealing with the requirements of visually challenged students.

 

The training programme will be conducted for two days on weekends and will aim to reach  out to at least twenty different towns   throughout this financial year.

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

  • 4 laptops
  • JAWS software
  • one projector, a vehicle to transport the professionals and equipment,
  • a good P A system,
  • recurring expenditure of Rs.100 per student on every occasion covering cost for accomodation, cost for momentos for speakers, incentives to the instructors, etc.

 

A HUMBLE APPEAL

A budget of Rs. 15 lakhs has been proposed to undertake this future project. We at Snehadeep, appeal to you to join hands with us in supporting our cause.  Donations made to Snehadeep is exempted from income tax under 80G and we have FCRA too. We request you to lend a helping hand in illuminating the lives of those, in whose world only darkness prevails.

 

CONTACT US AT

 

Paul Muddha

(Managing trustee)

Phone: 9449021997

Website: www. snehadeep.org.in



 

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