To support differently-abled students amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee is offering online lessons for hearing impaired students. These courses are aimed at those who are also part of the marginalised sections of society.
IIT-Roorkee claims to have arranged internet access as well as smartphones for these students to facilitate e-learning. The instructor’s recorded videos on lessons will be played for students, the institute informed.
Besides academics, online classes also focused on imparting vocational skills and training in music to equip these students for future jobs, claims the institute. IIT-Roorkee has also put in place a weekly feedback mechanism to identify critical gaps in the e-learning process.
The initiative is being provided in collaboration with Anushruti Academy for the Deaf (AAD), formerly known as Roorkee School for the Deaf. It was established by the then University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) in November 1989.
Earlier, IIT-Madras in collaboration with Madras Dyslexia Association had offered a free cost for caregivers including teachers and parents of special needs students. The course contains simple methods of identifying and re-mediating young children with dyslexia. The course is hosted on the NPTEL web portal, onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in.