Qimpro Gold Standard 2008

Beroz Vacha


Founder, Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind

Beroz Vacha is the Founder Member and Honrary Director of Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind. Established in 1977, this institute has pioneered the education of the Deafblind in India and South East Asia.

Ms Vacha has pursued the improbable, and has achieved the impossible – to facilitate the undaunting spirit of the deaf and deafblind into productive vocations.

The core of Ms Vacha's strategy is to make every member of her organization computer proficient. The challenge has entailed building special facilities for computer, Braille and language education at the institute. These computer proficient members are productively channelized for executing printing orders, in large print and Braille, for brochures, calendars, ballot papers, and greeting cards; as well as educational materials for science, geography and anatomy. A Herculean endeavour.

A tireless Ms Vacha has now negotiated with the National Institute of Open Studies to admit four deafblind students for an examination equivalent to the S.S.C. These students will appear for their exams on computers with power-Braille, and therefore not require human assistance. She aims to propel them to Junior College.

Ms Vacha. A luminary. An extraordinary human. She is driven by: Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.

We congratulate Ms Beroz Vacha, Qimpro Gold Standard 2008, in the Education Category.

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