Our vision is deafness with dignity and equality, and a society where deaf people have equal opportunities to participate in all walks of life
Our mission is to achieve equal access for deaf people in every area of their lives. We are dedicated to work for the development of the Deaf community, enhancing the quality of life, providing educational facilities, promoting social and cultural awareness while working towards independence and barrier free communication for the Deaf.
The Objectives of DEF
To empower the deaf by providing adult literacy in Indian Sign Language.
To provide job-oriented vocational training for the deaf in Southern India.
To train potential deaf candidates as instructors for the deaf in Indian Sign Language.
To provide teaching classes for the purpose of training the deaf in Indian Sign Language.
To provide tutorials and coaching classes to deaf students.
To promote Sign Language orientation by conducting seminars and programmes.
To create awareness and provide educational information on AIDS among the deaf in Southern India.
To create awareness of Deaf Culture and the identity of the Deaf Community.
To provide the deaf with skills for their empowerment and assertion of their rights as deaf persons.
Empowering deaf women and raising awareness on their rights, gender-related issues and the vulnerabilities of deaf women in Southern India.
To train those with potential to be deaf leaders in the future for the betterment of the Deaf Community.
To train potential hearing candidates as Sign Language Interpreter to support the deaf community.
To organize training in vocational areas, leadership and personality development for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Southern India with the objective of their development and empowerment.
To provide information, publish and print books, magazine and through websites on the Internet pertaining to deafness, the needs, and problems of the deaf community.
To coordinate with organizations to reach the above goals.
To conduct research on the various aspects of bilingual education for the Deaf
To advocate the rights of the Deaf and the Deaf Community in every area of life.