Vision & Mission
VAANI’s VISION is to advocate for the right of every deaf child to a full and complete life with respect and dignity.
Our MISSION is to bring language & communication into the lives of deaf children and their families and thus enabling them to have meaningful conversations between themselves and the world around them.
What VAANI does
VAANI at present works in three States of India to provide good quality services to deaf children and their families.
We advocate for every deaf child to a complete life of respect and dignity.
We work to achieve this by:
Early Identification & Intervention.
The combined approach for imparting Language & Communication.
Empowering & Engaging parents and professionals.
Influencing government policy and advocating for quality in all services
Why we do what we do
A study conducted in 2002 on the status of deaf children in India was the first step in the creation of VAANI, Deaf Children’s Foundation.
The study showed that there was no involvement of families in the education of their deaf child, and sometimes very little involvement in the upbringing too. Parents were not consulted on issues which profoundly affected their lives and the future of their deaf children. Since there was (and still is) little understanding about what being deaf means, families with deaf children were unable to claim their rights from governments and service providers, as other disability groups do. As a consequence, the majority of deaf children continued to face an unacceptable future of poverty and disadvantage.
VAANI was created with the aim of bringing communication to the lives of deaf children and their families with a vision to enable access to every deaf child. Over the last 14 years, VAANI has worked with 76,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries, comprising of 12000 deaf children, 24,000 parents, 10,000 professionals and 30000 general public. through awareness programmes, skill-based training programmes, capacity building programmes and workshops on the social and emotional needs of deaf children in the states of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra through local partners.