3rd India Deaf Expo 2012 : A Conference on Innovative Technologies, Sign Language Awareness and Education for the prosperity of the Deaf
December 29 & 30, 2012   9:00 AM to 8:00 PM    Birla Matushri Sabhagar, Marine Lines, Mumbai

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Guest Speakers

Dr. Dilip Deshmukh

Dr. Dilip Deshmukh, as a 'Rotary Volunteer' is advocating & propagating 'Sign Language and Bilingualism in Deaf Education' since 1989. He has conducted 'Orientation Course' on this vital subject at various places in India as well as in Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. He has presented scientific papers on 'Deafness' at 7 International Conferences. He is the only Indian delegate who has presented papers at both 'The Deaf Way I & II' hosted by Gallaudet University, Washington DC in 1989 and 2002. He is the first Indian to write a book on 'Sign Language and Bilingualism in Deaf Education'. He was the Convener of 'International RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp) The Deaf Way', hosted by Rotary Club of Ichalkaranji, the first event in Rotary history, which had participants from Australia, Philippines, Nigeria, Belgium, Pakistan and UK. His mission is to give human dignity to the Deaf.

Deaf Speakers

Dr. Annelies Kusters (Ph.D)

Dr. Annelies Kusters is a Belgian deaf woman who has been active as an anthropologist in various research projects in deaf communities in Surinam (South-America), India and Ghana (Africa). She has completed Master’s degrees in both Anthropology and Deaf Studies, and she pursues to bridge the two disciplines through her work. In 2012 she completed her PhD thesis about Adamorobe, a “deaf village” in Ghana, at the Centre for Deaf Studies (University of Bristol, UK). She is married to an Indian deaf man and has been living in Mumbai since two years.

Mrs. Uma Kapoor

Mrs. Uma Kapoor has brought laurels to India as part of All India Sports Council of the Deaf for over 34 years. She is serving Delhi Foundation of Deaf Women since 1973 and under her leadership she successfully organized 7 National Conferences, Miss Deaf India contest, National Sports Festival for the Deaf Women, National Cultural Festival for Deaf Women and Pranay Milan Sammelan.

She represented Indian Cultural troup in the Deafway Conference held in Washington, USA (1989), Pakistan for Cultural performance (2006) and co-hosted 2nd Asia Pacific Deaf Badminton Championship in Delhi (2006).

She also formed an All India Foundation of Deaf Women with support of 11 State Deaf Women Foundations. She has high hopes for brighter future of hearing impaired women..

Mr. Vijay Advani (M.S., McDainel College, MD,USA)
Professor of American Sign Language, Communication and Humanities Divison, Collin College

Mr. Vijay Advani, is an MS in Deaf Education from Mc Daniel's College, MD, USA and is working as an professor to hearing students in Collin College, Plano, TX since past two years. His past experience involves being a teacher at preschool, elementary school and high school of the deaf as well as hearing students. He has been actively involved in various events for the Deaf by encouraging them and providing them with needed guidance for the respective events. He was the Founder and the first President of Northwest Asian Deaf organization. He had presented for Deaf View: Strategies for Classroom setting, Community College Humanities,Southwestern Division Conference for normal professors and adminstrators, Dallas,TX. He was also the Chairperson for Multicultural food with the restaurant managers.

Mr. Zamir Dhale

Zamir Dhale is a deafblind person, working as Sr. Advocacy Officer with Sense Internaional (India). He advocates for the rights of deaflbind people and support their teachers and families who deal with deafblind children and adults throughout India. He was on Board member of National Trust, Gov. of India. He is the president of Udaan networkof Deafblind adults in India. He also help deaf students in learn good Englsih writing skills.

Ms. Geeta Sharma
Woman Secretary
National Association of the Deaf

Mrs. Geeta Sharma, a Woman Secretary at the NAD, works as an Assistant with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, New Delhi. She has worked for the Empowerment of the Deaf Women and other disadvantaged groups in India and has hosted many seminars at various National Deaf Women Empowerment Conferences. Her motto for being a part of the NAD is to fight for the rights of the Deaf Women in rural as well as urban areas and to support and train them to make them worthy of leadership. She has attended the 16th World Deaf Conference in Durban organized by the World Federation of the Deaf.Recently , she participated in the 2nd International Deaf Leadership Training Program conducted by Gallaudet University.

Mr. Ernesto Escobedo

Mr. Ernesto Escobedo is a Mexican deaf student seeking BA in Application of Sign Language Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India. Earning experiences, he has participated in different performances, conferences, workshop, etc. in Mexico and international countries. He was President of National Union of Deaf Mexico (UNSM). He researched on deaf village communities and endangered Sign Language in rural areas through University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, U.K.. Through EuroBABEL he researched on the Village Sign Language in Chican, Yucatan, Mexico. He has published a DVD Video on Ishara. He stayed in New Delhi for almost one and half year and know Indian Sign Language and International Sign. He loves the Indian Culture.

Hearing Speakers

Dr. P.J.Mathew Martin (Ph.D)

Media Officer & Course Coordinator Post Graduate Diploma in Media & Disability Communication (PGDMDC), Department of Outreach & Extension Services, AYJNIHH, (Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India,)

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Ms. Miryala Ramya
Director of Communications
Deaf EnAbled Foundation

Ms M. Ramya, a Master in social work, is currently working as the Director for Communications at the Deaf Enabled Foundation.She has worked as SL co-ordinator for 1 yr at NIHH; after which, she joined the Deaf Way Foundation where she played various roles as Interpreter, Program Co-ordinator and Public Relations officer. She has been intrpreting at Courts, Police Stations and in fornt of Government officials and has been a part of several NGOs since past 3 years. She is also a trainer for HIV awareness among the Deafs and also actively involved in training Deaf Women, fundraising for other organizations like HRLN. She isa actively involved in various national level interventions and conferences concrening the Deaf Community.

P Rajasekharan (Raja)

He has a background in development sector and project finance. Prior to co-founding v-shesh, Raja was a Senior Regional Specialist with Japan Bank for International Cooperation (now JICA). He started his career with IDBI in Mumbai in 1995 as part of Business Development and Project Finance departments and worked on various new initiatives for IDBI. In January 1999, Raja joined OECF (that became JBIC and then JICA) where he was in charge of portfolio across sectors like Water & sanitation, power, transportation, private equity et al and was in-charge of disbursement management for investments in India, Bhutan and Nepal. Raja also represented OECF/ JBIC/ JICA’s interest at one of the earliest VC funds in India. Raja is also India Advisor to CorStone where he guides the American non-profit organization in designing and roll-out of its unique livelihood programs focused on adolescent girls from poor communities. Raja is a serious sports enthusiast and has travelled in 27 out of 35 states & UTs in India. Raja has an MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai and is an engineer from VJTI, Mumbai.

Shashaank Awasthi

He has a background in Commercial Banking. Shashaank started his career working with Tata group and IDBI Bank before joining ABN AMRO Bank India’s wholesale Bank. He was picked as a member of the team that setup ABN AMRO’s Commercial Bank in India and built a substantial franchise expanding the Bank’s reach to locations like Tirupur and Panipat. As Regional Head of Commercial Banking, he led deal teams running marquee transactions across client and sector groups. Post ABN AMRO, Shashaank co-founded a financial services IP start-up and served as a board member at an early stage media firm. He is curious about models that deliver social impact and advises a respected impact investment group and sits on the board of Indian subsidiaries of 2 such businesses. Shashaank is an MBA from Mumbai and studied in Mumbai and Jaipur prior to that.

Ms. Radhika Agarwal

She has a background in Information Technology. She has worked for over 12 years with Tata Consultancy Services and Patni Computers Limited (now iGate) at Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad. She has been involved with different assignments such as the CMMI and ISO certifications (at TCS), Risk Management for different business level units, Quality Management for internal and external clients such as Microsoft as well as work in development and maintenance projects, Database Management and Social Media Marketing.  Radhika has done her Masters in Computer Applications, Graduation in Statistics and has completed her Executive General Management Program from IIM Blore.

Radhika started volunteering at v-shesh for a year, before she finally joined them in Oct, 2011. v-shesh is a Social Impact Organization which endeavors to connect persons with disabilities and disadvantaged job seekers with employment opportunities.