>>KSUM-incubated edu-tech breaks barriers before the deaf community
In a first in the country, an edu-tech product startup, led by six hearing and speech impaired persons and two interpreters, has developed a web application to help the deaf community gain access to various technical courses.
Digital Arts Academy for the Deaf (DAAD), a Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)-incubated edu-tech firm, will start offering technical courses, including those in tally and photoshop, through its web app from November 1.
The application will help aspiring deaf community break barriers on their way in gaining access to technical education due to the absence of sign language teachers to conduct such courses.
Mr. Biju Prabhakar IAS, Special Secretary (Social Justice, Government of Kerala), inaugurated the web app platform at KSUM, Technopark here on Wednesday. Dr Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM, and Ms Remya Raj, CEO, DAAD, were also present on the occasion.
The course videos will be posted on www.daad.io. The company will launch a mobile app version of the courses later.
“Our focus is on delivering accessible technical education to the 18 million odd deaf people across India, and many of them are under the age of 30. The deaf community experiences a lot of barriers to live a full and productive life,” said Ms Remya while commenting on the aim of the web app.
DAAD platform is a state-of-the-art web app hybrid, and students will be able to access courses offline as well as online.
Courses would be available in Indian Sign Language (ISL), natural sign language and context translated sign language with English subtitles.
KSUM is the nodal agency for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.