The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 assessed that there are in any event 63 million individuals in India who live with huge hearing misfortune. While the quantities of this segment in the populace is huge, there still exists a huge hole between hard of hearing individuals and instruction. Starting from the early stages, this hole is seen well into adulthood.
Bleetech Innovations, a Pune-based start-up, is attempting to bridge this gap using two technological interventions. The first is BleeTV, a free android app and web portal that hosts a vast pool of content in Indian Sign Language (ISL), and the second is BleeTV Library—a similar platform that curates content for children.
Bleetech was started in 2015 by Janhavi Joshi and Nupur Kirloskar, while they were still studying product design at MIT, Pune. “We worked on a project where we designed a smartwatch, that would help the deaf community ‘listen’ to music through vibrations,” says Janhavi.
Notwithstanding, throughout the span of their communication with the individuals from the network, they comprehended the obstacles individuals with hearing weakness face during the time spent picking up training. “Aside from a couple of special cases, all schools for the hard of hearing in India center around oralism, utilizing language instruction and lip-perusing for correspondence,” she adds. This, she says, frustrates their learning cycle.
“They end up relying heavily on textbooks designed for their peers, who do not have hearing issues, which in turn leaves them struggling to understand and reproduce the texts. As a result, most of them have underdeveloped linguistic skills,” she says.
The substance on BleeTV are recordings with themes going from news, monetary proficiency, current undertakings, moral stories, English language, science and innovation, and self improvement, among others. The stage has reached more than 12,000 hard of hearing individuals, including 1,200 youngsters, and has prepared more than 100 instructors.
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