Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind
The Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind (HKIDB) is a premier institute working for the education, training and rehabilitation of the Deaf and Deafblind in India and the rest of Southeast Asia. It is recognised by the state and central government and many international organisations as a pioneering institute for the development of children with disabilities, especially Deafblindness.
Late Mrs Beroz Vacha founded the institute with two other teachers in 1977 with the strong belief that no one is incapable of being taught. From a room with just two children to a school of 200 students, the journey has been long but the work undertaken has been extremely satisfying. Amongst the numerous awards to the institute, the one that stands out is the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in public recognition of the institute's outstanding performance.
Areas of work:
- Early intervention and outreach program (0–10 years)
- School for Deaf (from kindergarten until Std X)
- School for Deafblind (4–17 years)
- Vocational Training and Rehabilitation
- Diploma in Special Education (Deafblindness) – a two-year course recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India
SKP has been involved with HKIDB since its inception. The management has been instrumental in mentoring the institute to its present level of activities. SKP assists HKIDB by way of donations and creating awareness about the cause of HKIDB through employee involvement like participating in the Mumbai marathon, printing of stationery at the HKIDB printing press, etc.
HKIDB is a registered NGO under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. All donations to it are exempt under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.