The Seattle-based Indian American Education Foundation (IAEF), a non-profit organization, was inducted into the prestigious Visionary Society by Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA) for its contribution to blind and deafblind children in India. IAEF is committed to raising awareness of the plight of children with disabilities in India and provides them educational support to enable them to become self-reliant and regain their self-esteem.
Perkins School is the oldest such institution in the US and is credited to have taught Helen Keller who became an inspiration and spokesperson for the blind all over the world. An estimated 40,000 people benefit from Perkins’ educational programs worldwide.
IAEF is a partner with Perkins School in sponsoring teachers of special education who train at the school for a year and then return to India to work in their home institutions. Presently, IAEF is collaborating with Perkins School on the “Voice & Vision” project aimed at setting up centers at major cities (New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata) to train teachers of special education using the materials developed at Perkins over the decades.
“Our goal is to minimize India’s dependence on external resources for training teachers of special education and to be able to provide uniform educational tools and techniques to the children helping them to become integrated with their able-bodied peers,” notes Dr. Prem Kumar, founder/executive director of IAEF.
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