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Startup DAAD Launches App for the Deaf to Learn various Technical Courses

Kochi: In a first in the country, an edu-tech product startup, led by six hearing and speech-impaired persons and two interpreters, has developed a web application to help the deaf community gain access to various technical courses. Digital Arts Academy for the Deaf (DAAD), a Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)-incubated edu-tech firm, started offering technical courses,

Kochi: In a first in the country, an edu-tech product startup, led by six hearing and speech-impaired persons and two interpreters, has developed a web application to help the deaf community gain access to various technical courses.

Digital Arts Academy for the Deaf (DAAD), a Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM)-incubated edu-tech firm, started offering technical courses, including those on Tally and Adobe Photoshop, through its web app from November 1.

The application will help aspiring deaf community members break barriers in gaining access to technical education due to the absence of sign language teachers to conduct such courses.

Biju Prabhakar IAS, Special Secretary, Social Justice, Government of Kerala recently inaugurated the web app platform at KSUM in Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM, and Remya Raj, CEO, DAAD, were also present on the occasion.

The course videos have been posted on www.daad.io. The company will launch a mobile app version of the courses later. “Our focus is on delivering accessible technical education to the 18 million-odd deaf people across India, of which many are under the age of 30. The deaf community experiences a lot of barriers to live a full and productive life,” said Remya while commenting on the aim of the web app.

DAAD platform is a state-of-the-art web-app hybrid, and students will be able to access courses offline as well as online. Courses would be available in Indian Sign Language (ISL), natural sign language and context-translated sign language with English subtitles.

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