The Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind (HKIDB) are two schools under the same umbrella, one for deaf children and another for deafblind children. In addition, it has free/ subsidized residential facilities for deafblind children who reside outside the city of Mumbai. Established in 1977, the institute is an aided one, supported by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, New Delhi as well as the Women, Child and Handicapped Development Office, Maharashtra.
Facilities and Services of Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind
1. The Institute provides free / subsidized education, transport, nutrition, hearing aids, uniform and medical facilities.
2. Counseling services are also available for the children, their parents and teachers.
3. Vocational Training is provided to deafbling youngsters wherein they learn various vocations such as jewellery-making, making candles and paper bags, liquid soap etc. In addition to work skills, the students also learn basic self care and social skills.
4. A computer training program is available at the Vashi unit of the Institute.
5. A diagnostic center provides diagnosis of and remedial measures for multi-handicapped children.
6. Mini Braille Press unit, which helps in the development of communication & educational activities.
The institute also offers a Teacher Training Diploma Course for Deafblind. Check for more details here.
Contact Information of Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind
1. Municipal Secondary School
South Byculla (w),
Mumbai - 400011
Tel: 2301 9215 / 2308 7052
Telefax: 2301 8211
2. Aditya Birla Centre
CC-1, T.T.C., M.I.D.C.,
Shil Mhape Road,
Navi Mumbai - 400701.
Tel: 2778 2214 / 2778 2193 /