It is DeafBlind Awareness month! We invite you to join in our effort to spread awareness about this vibrant community. Earlier this year, we had planned on conducting an awareness event by creating an art installation called Yarn bombing. This on-going initiative by Deafblind International, is an exciting, fun, and creative way to engage members of the deafblind community in a large-scale tactile art project. Each installation around the world will be constructed by people with deafblindness, their families and anyone who is interested in supporting the initiative.
The theme of our tactile art installation in India is CONNECT! Chetana Trust and the Society for the Empowerment of the DeafBlind (SEDB) were to organise this event in India. However, due to the on-going pandemic, we are achieving our goal, to catch people's interest and increase awareness and knowledge of deafblindness in India, through Social media, workshops and a virtual ‘Yarn Bombing’ feature.
It is not too late to contribute your tactile square! We will be hosting a yarn bombing event as soon as possible!
We received tactile squares from all across India in support of the DeafBlind community. The weaves have been created by both people who are DeafBlind as well as their friends and supporters. The theme we chose was CONNECT.
People across India found many creative ways to create their tactile art despite the lockdown!
It is now time to yarn-bomb landmarks in India!
The Gateway of India is an arch-monument built in the early twentieth century in the city of Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is of great importance to the DeafBlind community as it is where Ms. Beroz Vacha, the founder of the Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind, Mumbai, pioneered educational services for children who are deafblind throughout India. To many, she was known as the 'Indian Anne Sullivan' - after Helen Keller's original teacher.
The Kerala houseboat is a modified kettuvallam, the large boat of yesteryears. In Malayalam, ‘kettu’ means to tie and ‘vallom’ means boat. Kettuvallams were used for the transportation of goods like rice and spices from Kumarakom and areas of Kuttanad to neighbouring towns. We have yarn-bombed the kerala house boat to mark the first National Conference of the DeafBlind (NCDB) 2020, that was held in Trivandrum, at NISH (National Institute of Speech and Hearing). This conference was conducted by SEDB, The Society for the Empowerment of the DeafBlind, a proud moment for the Deafblind community and the people who support them.
Chennai is a city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the Host city of India’s DeafBlind Awareness Yarn-bombing events. Our Chennai Central Station embodies the theme ‘Connect’ - as it enables EVERYONE everywhere to connect!
For this week of DeafBlind Awareness, we ask everyone to join us in the celebrations! Re-set your profile display pictures to the images of these beautiful squares! These squares were made by people who are deafblind in India and those who care about them.
Our friends and colleagues who are DeafBlind in India, have messages that they would like to share during this month. Stay tuned to our Youtube Page and Instagram Page for more.
We will be conducting a workshop where you will learn the modes of communication and literacy used by the deafblind. Join us and learn english braille, palm writing and other ways in which they navigate the world!
The session will be conducted on 26-06-2021, Saturday, from 4:00 to 5:30 IST.