Follow these steps to get involved with Enable Academy’s volunteering movement to empower persons with disability across the nation.
Meet Gumbo the panda. Gumbo was the first volunteer to register for Enable Academy, but she did not know anything about volunteering or disability! She took a short course to understand how to be a part of the movement – and now he wants to take you through the same thing!
Join Gumbo’s clan here.
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Now that you’ve learnt about inclusive volunteering – sign up to be a part of Gumbo’s clan in your city! You will get information about volunteering opportunities in your cities – via WhatsApp or email.
Fill in this form to be a part of our volunteer network. Meet Gumbo and others just like you with our volunteer meet-ups. This is also where missions are planned and the world is changed.
Volunteering is a responsibility that we must all share. Download this resource to see an easy checklist to ensure you are completely a part of the movement.
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Fill this coordinator form to lead events to empower persons with disability. Become a champion of disability in your city!
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As seen in the video, you can communicate based on what the person with hearing impairment knows. It is similar to you talking in the language which a hearing person is familiar with. The different ways of communicating include sign language (Indian or American), writing in simple English, using gestures and acting and showing a demo instead of communicating.
Learn the basics of ISL with this short course.
Learn the basics of ASL with this short course.
As seen in the video, Manasa knows how to lip read because she was trained on speech therapy. Some will know understand lip reading and some will not. Ask the person with hearing impairment with whom you are interacting if they can understand lip reading
That depends on the person and the situation. What is more important is that you make the person with hearing impairment feel comfortable. You can do this by being friendly and making genuine efforts to communicate. Learn some basic words before you meet so that the person is comfortable. It is important that you be friendly with visual cues. For example if you are not a demonstrative person or a shy person by nature, you may need to overcome that and actually smile and show emotions – who knows you may actually do it every day!
A deaf person is a person. He or she happens to be deaf. We tend to be careful or worried because we feel that the person with hearing impaired feels bad about their impairment. After seeing the video where persons with hearing impairment talk about how they feel, hopefully you have a different perspective.
Let us take another example: Imagine you have a friend whose parent has passed away. You meet them after two years. You still feel sorry and are very careful when you talk to your friend but your friend has moved on!! Similarly, a person with hearing impairment has become comfortable with his or her challenge. So how you behave? In the way that you should behave with everybody. Behave with respect and dignity that every person deserves.
This is a very important question. Since communication can be a challenge, it is very important to double check what the person has understood. You can confirm if they have understood and in most cases, you may ask them to explain what they have understood
There are many things in life for which you will not have the answer. React to the situation by using this as an opportunity to grow yourself. When you communicate to a hearing impaired, it will give you the confidence to communicate with anybody whose language you do not know. When you face challenges due to the hearing impairment, it helps to make you more creative and solution oriented and you will learn to have presence of mind and react appropriately. It is ok to make mistakes and learn from it.
This is the most important action you should do. Very often, if there is a person with hearing impairment in the group they may be excluded by hearing speakers – whose conversations are in speech. Make an effort to include the person with hearing impairment – through sign language, writing or speaking clearly – based on the person’s need.
Persons with vision impairment frequently will use senses other than vision to identify persons and places. In this case, the person with vision impairment may recognise you by your voice. But do not be offended if they ask you who is speaking – all people need to get accustomed to voices and this happens only through multiple interactions.
Persons with vision impairment use experience and exposure, their visualization, and also touch and sound to understand and experience the world. Many persons with vision impairment live independently and with dignity – because they a combination use technology, and their other senses. Through these strategies, persons with vision impairment create a sense of the world.
Not at all! Persons with vision impairment acquire their disabilities in different stages of life and through different causes. Persons with vision impairment may be low vision or totally blind – and can have different levels and types of vision loss. You may meet a diverse range of persons with vision impairment – who may be able to identify colours, look in your direction when you speak, and other things that you may have originally thought that only sighted people can do.
Of course! Be open and honest about your questions – and many people with disability may be willing to share with you how they work and about their daily lives. Many people with disability will also know that persons without disability may have many questions. However, remember – your interactions with persons with disability are NOT interviews – they are conversations. Keep your questions non-intrusive.
No two people are alike – and we all know that no two people will react to the same questions in the same way. Something that might not be hurtful for you may be hurtful for me. In much the same way, persons with vision impairment are not alike. They all have had a journey towards accepting their disability and where they are in this journey will determine how they respond to you.
People with vision impairment acquire their disabilities through a variety of ways. It can be from birth, or acquired at any point in their lives – because of medical conditions, accidents, genetic factors and lifestyle factors. Not all types of vision loss can be treated medically.
Watch this video to understand the different types of vision loss.
Depends on the nature of the vision loss, persons with vision impairment may be able to identify colours or may have a memory of colours – if the vision impairment is acquired at a later stage.
There is technology today that will read and identify colours for persons with vision impairment, but when you volunteer, be sure to ask if the person with vision impairment you are speaking to likes information about colours in your audio descriptions.
The two primary ways that persons with vision impairment use computers – with magnifiers and screen-readers. Screen reader software (like JAWS and NVDA) provide audio output for what is seen on the monitors.
Watch this video of a person with vision impairment working on computers.
Most persons with vision impairment can very easily be included in conversations and interactions. If you’re watching a movie or a theatre performance – make sure you only describe the sections where some important action is happening visually. This description can be brief and to the point – ‘Salman Khan is hiding in the back and waiting for the villain.’ You’ll find that in most cases, this is unnecessary. If you’re watching sports matches, you’ll find that the sports commentary alone is enough. You can invite your new visually impaired friends to almost all kinds of activities!
While you plan transportation with a person with physical disability, first check with him/her- because he or she will know best how they can travel comfortably. You may have to choose the vehicle based on the severity of the disability. It’s best to check how their wheelchair must be accommodated in the vehicle.
There is nothing which stop a person with disability from entering a building. You will need no special permissions or documents to take wheelchairs, crutches or any other assistive aids into any premises.
You may have to ensure that the location you’re going to is accessible, though.
Use this document on including persons with physical disability.