BleeTech has been doing pioneering work in the space of deaf education for the past couple of years. During the COVID pandemic and lockdown, Bleetech has created accessible learning books for deaf children to encourage kids to engage in learning activities from home. Bleebooks have been given to 1500+ students from 51 schools in Maharashtra.
Bleetech's programs are focused completely on improving the quality of deaf education in India. Deaf education is going through some major reforms. With Indian Sign Language gaining importance once the societal and policy level, deaf students are likely to get better access to education. Bleetech aims to play a pivotal role in this.
Our major focus areas are:
Deaf accessible Educational content: With our deaf and hearing experts, we are creating deaf accessible content in 2 formats.
a) Indian Sign Language videos: Bleetech has created more than 5000 learning and educational videos in Indian Sign Language so far. Apart from school curriculum content, we work with several partners to make video series on other important topics such as health, financial literacy, sex education etc. All this content is then hosted on our BleeTV Library platform, India's first accessible digital library for the deaf.
b) Deaf Accessible Books: These are specially designed books for deaf students considering their special needs. Simple text, attractive visuals, inclusive content matter are some of the special features of these books. Additionally, the books also have QR codes, that when scanned through the BleeTV Library app, can open translated content on the book in Indian Sign Language.
Training and Research of ISL:
ISL (Indian Sign Language) was introduced in India as a formal subject for research and studies only in 2001. In 2015 India's first government affiliated training and research body was established. With growing need and demand of ISL, Bleetech too is contributing to that through several training programs. Bleetech conducts training programs for:
a) Teachers Training: Special educators who teach deaf students are unfortunately not trained in Indian Sign Language. This results in students suffering every day in schools to communicate and understand the lessons. Bleetech has training more than 200 teachers and continues to do so.
b) Parents Training: One of Bleetech's latest programs to train parents of deaf children to make communication and learning smoother at homes with loved ones. This reduces the majority of the isolation issues faced by deaf students at home.