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Why online workshops should be inclusive



“I am running a separate three month photography course for the deaf. So far we have had five students for the course since April. As we lack funds and resources, we keep them limited to ensure quality. I have organized online events for them every week starting in April. I try to understand how they learn and frame events accordingly because their listening skills are limited. We will be offering more inclusive events for the deaf once we regulate the concepts. On July 4th, I hosted an online mobile photography course for the deaf in association with the Hear a Million organization to raise awareness about photography. I think online videos are not accessible to deaf people because the subtitles are limited. Other than that, there are very few videos available in sign language. I want to make a difference to the deaf community and make the content more accessible, ”begins Srivatsan Sankaran.

For the July 4 online workshop, a sign language interpreter helped Srivatsan translate the technical content into signs. “The more I fragmented the content, the more they could understand the lessons. A small assignment was given during the online workshop to know the depth of their knowledge. It wasn’t bad but they need more accessibility. I’m sure they could do better if they had better accessibility. Over forty hearing impaired people participated in the workshop. It was difficult to manage the zoom because a lot of people had doubts. It was amazing to see their endless enthusiasm. We gave 5 minutes to complete the assignment and the results were mind blowing. Their power of concentration is high when they have the chance to understand the concept. I would love to organize more such workshops for them.

Srivatsan has formulated separate workshops for the hearing impaired and helps organize content for inclusive workshops. “I would suggest separate classes for disabled and disabled – because for the latter you need to have a different teaching method and a more hands-on approach. This way more people will have the chance to learn and it helps to reduce the gap between disabled and deaf communities. Inclusive workshops can be organized in certain ways, especially photo walks, as they have more practical understandings. The way deaf people learn is different – theory lessons would therefore be difficult for them because their listening skills are very difficult. We usually make them understand theoretical knowledge through examples and abstract content that may not be available in inclusive workshops. I’m researching this and my experiences help formulate better inclusive workshops for them. There are a lot of possibilities for that, ”Srivatsan remarks.

To his surprise, he received a request from a popular institute based in Lahore to understand the course program and training methods. “I’m still working on a course guide to make it accessible to everyone. I think it is important to have networks of various institutes to help each other. I can’t wait to make a difference in the community.

Doctor and disability rights activist Dr Aiswarya Rao tells us that inclusion should be present everywhere, from education to professional opportunities. “I think this is the need of the moment – people with disabilities, especially those who are hard of hearing and hard of hearing, should have the opportunity to participate in online workshops. We need to explore their talents and support them, ”says Dr Aiswarya Rao.