TIMELINE OF CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES

at

ARISE

(Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education)

Since Inception to Date

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2011 to Date

2011-2017


2011

17th May, 2011: Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education (ARISE) registered as a Trust with the main aims & objectives :

to create awareness, disseminate education, counsel, develop innovate and promote methodologies, techniques, tools and technologies, like New Aids, Contemporary Methodologies, Latest Technologies, Educational Material/Library

Resources, Training Courses/Seminars, Vocational Practice, Psychological Counseling, Career Counseling and other strategies for the development of the disadvantaged, challenged, specially-abled, and/or differently-abled sections of the society, including backward sections like poor women, rural communities, economically disadvantaged, physically or mentally challenged, specially-abled, etc.”


February, 2011 - December 2011: Development of Self-learning Educational Packages For Disabled Helping Them In Out-of-classroom Self Practice and Self-education


February - September 2011: Research Survey on Special Education Needs of the Visually Challenged students & Development of Self-learning accessible curriculum content for Hindi visually challenged students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e-ZHfzbT0M&feature=emb_logo (Testing & Research Video)


Outcome: Provided self-learning accessible audio-CDs for Hindi curriculum to Institute for the Blind (a school for the blind), Sector 26, Chandigarh on 19th May, 2011 and 30th September 2011, which has been in use by IFB high school students with visual disabilities

June 2011: Published for open access Field Case Research Study on “Increasing Visually

Challenged Students’ Engagement Using Audio Modules as Educational Tool For Self Learning”

(https://www.academia.edu/640586/Increasing_Visually_Challenged_Students_Engagement_by_using_Audio_Modules_as_Educational_Tool_for_Self_Learning ;

http://ariseimpact.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/increasing-vc-user-engagement.pdf )

September, 2011 - January 2012: Field Research Studies under Special Education Module

(SEM) (for Visually challenged high school students) Research in Social Sciences (Geography, Economics, History, Civics) & development of Self-learning accessible curriculum content for visually challenged students

Outcome: Provided self-learning accessible audio-CDs for Social Science curriculum to

Institute for the Blind (IFB) (a school for the blind), Sector 26, Chandigarh on 12th December,

2011, which has been in use by IFB high school students with visual disabilities

2012

Nov - Dec, 2012: ARISE Webinar Series on Special Educational Issues of Visually-Challenged & their solutions (h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbu-Jy8ncKY ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxOto0n9yyI )

January - December, 2012: Delivered updates to previous modules and next in series accessible audio based educational modules to Institute for the Blind, Sector 26. This activity was taken up throughout the year on continuous basis

Aug, 2012: Founder, Abhishek Syal, (Deepak Syal on behalf of Abhishek) receives

NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award for his contribution via ARISE from Hon’ble Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Sri Mukul Wasni

Press Coverage:

Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/271726/people-working-disabled-get-awards.html

The Hindu

https://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/mapping-an-idea/article3795431.ece

SocioVigil

https://insociovigil3.rssing.com/chan-6883510/article4.html


2013

January - March 2013: Research Survey on Special Education Needs of the Visually

Challenged students & Development of Self-learning accessible curriculum content for Computer Literacy for visually challenged students

Outcome: Provided self-learning accessible audio-CDs for Computer Literacy curriculum to Institute for the Blind (a school for the blind), Sector 26, Chandigarh on 20th March 2013, which has been in use by IFB high school students with visual disabilities


http://ariseimpact.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-visit-to-blind-school-sector-26.html


March, 2013: Founder, Abhishek Syal, receives MIT TR35 Under 35 India Innovator Award for his contribution to ARISE and developing a map and diagram reader for the blind

Press (MIT, USA & The Hindu): http://www2.technologyreview.com/tr35/profile.aspx?TRID=1361

https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/young-innovators-impress/a rticle4553024.ece

May, 2013: Self-learning audio lectures in Tamil for visually challenged were developed

January - December, 2013: Delivered updates to previous modules and next in series accessible audio based educational modules to Institute for the Blind, Sector 26 throughout the year


2014

January - December, 2014: D elivered updates to previous modules and next in series accessible audio based educational modules to Institute for the Blind, Sector 26 throughout the year

June - December, 2014: ARISE AudioLearning App conceptualized and development in progress


November, 2014: ARISE wins first place for eNGO Challenge Award for Mobile Usage across 700+ NGOs in South Asia;

http://engochallenge.org/winner-2014/


December, 2014: ARISE Founder & Volunteers presented our work at CityAwake Conference in Boston, USA


2015

January - December, 2015: Updates to previous modules of accessible audio based educational modules to Institute for the Blind, Sector 26

January 2015: C ollaboration with MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives), MIT, USA

January - December, 2015: ARISE AudioLearning App Developed, Piloted and Tested to provide mobile-based online learning to visually challenged


May - December, 2015: Development & Testing of Game based learning for visually challenged students

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0Exz3Xbzqp9dlluSWJyWFQ4S3Q3dWJvdkhIX2w1ZmhGajI 0/view?usp=sharing

December, 2015: ARISE Founder & Volunteers presented our work at CityAwake Conference in Boston, USA


2016

January - December, 2016: Updates to previous modules of accessible audio based educational modules to Institute for the Blind, Sector 26

March 21, 2016: Founder, Abhishek Syal, represented ARISE work on Panel Discussion on Edtech for Good, along with UNICEF, USA representative and CEO of Education Modified at Northeastern University

2016: Development & testing of a online MOOC platform to provide online learning to visually challenged


2016: Joint Collaboration with National Institute for Technical Teachers’ Training & Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh on Research Project, ‘A n Exploratory Investigation of Needs, Research, Existing and Developing Assistive Technology Applications based on Web Connectivity and Delivery for Northern India'

2016 Recognition: Markezine, 2016, a School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) publication

June, 2016: Founder, Abhishek Syal, presented our work at Classy Awards and Collaborative Conference in Boston, USA

Talk Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJDi7KDdVdY

2017

January - December, 2017: Delivered updates to previous modules and next in series

(Exam test papers prep) accessible audio based educational modules to Institute for the Blind, Sector 26

https://medium.com/arise-impact/how-i-led-a-field-r-d-team-to-ship-arise-impacts-sem- within1-month-ebd3c23069ce

January - June, 2017: Conducted research study on employability and training gaps for people with disabilities

Aug 31, 2017: Our team member, Amit, presented our work at the Lorentz Center Workshop in the Netherlands. The topic of the workshop was 'Included in Training and Work:

transforming policies and practices for disabled people'. Amit spoke about our work centered around inclusion and the importance of user-centered learning approaches for students with disabilities

Reference Source:

https://disabilitystudies.nl/sites/disabilitystudies.nl/files/20170822_definitive_lorentz_worksho p_program_final_version.pdf


2017 - 18: Development of Curriculum and Training Content for VI & PH students: The training and professional development courses for students with disabilities were developed after 2000+ volunteer-hours of research and development each year, including 2017 - 18 at ARISE Impact, with feedback from people with disabilities, Subject-matter experts and professional trainers. These courses are bilingual and also have experiential hands-on activity learning modules, and are utilized for ARISE Impact’s training programs.

2017 - 18: Program: English Fluency Training on for VI school students from Chandigarh (July 2017 - May 2019 for the total duration): ARISE Impact trained 9th grade to 12th grade students (batch size of 10 - 20 students over two years; one batch lasting 3 months) with partial/full visual disability of IFB (Institute for the Blind, Chandigarh) for about 2 years (from July 2017 - May 2019). Students were progressively trained on English language fluency as they graduated between classes. Having english language fluency enables students with disabilities to become eligible for more jobs which require English.

Press Coverage: https://yourstory.com/2016/07/abhishek-syal/


2018-2019

ARISE activities took shape formally with Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), University of Delhi for training and support. In August 2018, a formal meeting was held with the Convenor of the Enabling Unit to propose training for PwD studying at IPCW. A Pilot programme was conducted between September 2018 to November 2018. This was subsequently was converted to a regular activity at Delhi.

1. Development of Curriculum and Training Content for VI & PH students

The training and professional development courses for students with disabilities were developed after 2000+ volunteer-hours of research and development each year, including 2018

- 19 at ARISE Impact, with feedback from people with disabilities, Subject-matter experts and professional trainers. These courses are bilingual and also have experiential hands-on activity learning modules, and are utilized for ARISE Impact’s training programs.

2. Program: English Fluency Training on for VI school students from Chandigarh (Jan 2018 - May 2019… cont'd. from 2017 onward)

a) ARISE Impact trained 9th grade to 12th grade students with partial/full visual disability of IFB (Institute for the Blind, Chandigarh) for about 2 years (from July 2017 - May 2019). Students were progressively trained on English language fluency as they graduated between classes. Having english language fluency enables students with disabilities to become eligible for more jobs which require English.

b) The students were trained online every weekday using accessible Bilingual (Hindi- English) material prepared in-house by ARISE Impact. The topics included Conversational English, Grammar & Tenses, Word of the Day, Introducing oneself in english in-formal & informal setting & occasional career counseling of opportunities after schooling. We also shared inspirational stories of successful people-with- disabilities to motivate the students. Furthermore, ARISE Impact also conducted fun- learning activities in English, such as: GK & Indian History Quiz, Fact of the Day, Q&A about their favorite food, etc.

c) A total of about 10-20 female and male students with visual disabilities were present in the study groups at any point in time.

d) ARISE Impact team visited IFB atleast once/twice a month to have in-person workshops/ Q&A sessions with the students, familiarize the virtual instructors, conduct


doubt clearing sessions, and help them use our courses on their school computers. The course ended in May 2019 with the last module of English Tenses.

e) Testimonials from students:

i) Student 1: “...learning new words is fun because I get to use it in the class and in front of my friends. Sometimes I get homework at school to write 5 new words with meanings. I directly refer to the ARISE Impact group and use those words as my homework and learn from them”

ii) Student 2: “I want to learn English because if you want to get a job/ do anything in life, English is very important. These days knowing English is a requirement for everything. I am weak in English and I wish to learn. People don't respect you if you don't know English. So I want to learn. I want to go abroad for studies”

3. Program: 2 Months Training on Professional Introduction for VI students

Programme Name : 2 Months Training for VI students on Professional Introduction led by ARISE Impact at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

Time: September 2018 - November 2018

Duration: 2 months

Student Details: 5 visually-impaired (VI) students were trained

Content : Professional Introduction

Delivery Method : In-person & Online training

Outcome: After training, students with disabilities are now able to introduce themselves (in English and Hindi) with confidence and talk about their disability in a positive way in a professional / workplace / job / interview environment.

Students were awarded certificates by the Principal, IPCW, University of Delhi in February 2018.

Based on the success of the pilot programme the second batch was taken up with a regular number of students participating.


2019-2020

ARISE initiated its formal training activities with Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi in 2018 which continued with regular batches and were further strengthened with empowerment. The Second batch consisting of 30+ students completed their 2 months training in April 2019. Students were awarded certificates by the Principal, IPCW. Five students were successful in securing placements. Career-counselling workshop at the National Association for the Blind, in collaboration with Sahapedia was conducted in June 2019 and a discussion to establish a Project RISE in collaboration with Enabling Unit & Equal Opportunity Cell at IPCW was initiated in August 2019 and a team of 10 Volunteer members were inducted under Project RISE. Third batch of training from September – November 2019 was conducted with 30+ students and 10+ Students were taken to a Job Fair co-hosted by the Govt. of India. Fourth batch February to April 2020 was conducted with 20+ students. A stall was set up by students with disabilities at a fest held in IPCW, Delhi University in February and various handmade items were sold by the students with disabilities. Students also had various performances & games. Meetings were also held to establish collaboration with other colleges of Delhi University with ARISE Impact.


1. Development of Curriculum and Training Content for VI & PH students

The training and professional development courses for students with disabilities were developed after 2000+ volunteer-hours of research and development each year, including 2019

- 20 at ARISE Impact, with feedback from people with disabilities, Subject-matter experts and professional trainers. These courses are bilingual and also have experiential hands-on activity learning modules, and are utilized for ARISE Impact’s training programs.

2. Program: Second batch of Job Preparation Training for Visually Impaired and Physically Handicapped students

Programme Name : 2 Months Training for VI and PH students on Professional Introduction, Resume Building and Interview Preparation led by ARISE Impact at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

Time: February 2019 - April 2019

Duration: 2 months

Student Details: 27 visually-impaired (VI) students and 5 physically-handicapped (PH) students were trained

Content: Professional Introduction, Resume Building and Interview Preparation


a. After training in Professional introduction, students with disabilities are now able to introduce themselves (in English and Hindi) with confidence and talk about their disability in a positive way in a professional / workplace / job / interview environment.


b. After training in Resume Building, students with disabilities are now able to understand and develop a resume for their application for jobs and also use the resume in professional settings and networking situations. By the end of this course, students can successfully create their resume in the correct format with all the necessary details.

c. After training in Interview-preparation, students with disabilities are equipped with the expertise required to look for a job with the necessary skills for job interviews. By the end of this course, they learn how to maximize verbal and nonverbal communication during the interview and how to be prepared for commonly asked interview questions.

Highlight: 5 students were successful in securing placements

Students were awarded certificates by the Principal, IPCW, University of Delhi in April 2019.


2. Program: A career-counselling workshop led by ARISE was conducted for the National Association for the Blind (NAB) students, in collaboration with Sahapedia.

Programme Name : 2 Hours counselling session for VI students on job opportunities available in the tourism sector for the visually-disabled led by ARISE Impact at the National Association for the Blind (NAB), New Delhi

Time: June 2019

Duration: 2 hours

Student Details: 45+ visually-impaired (VI) students were counselled and mentored Content: Job opportunities available in the tourism sector for the visually-disabled Delivery Method : In-person

Outcome : The objective was to remove inhibitions for women with disabilities to approach heritage spaces with an overall mission to accelerate inclusion of women with disabilities in the heritage and culture space and industry.

3. Program: Project RISE launch at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

Programme Name : Project RISE (Raising Inclusive Skills and Employability) was established at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, as a joint project between the Enabling Unit, Equal Opportunity Cell and ARISE Impact

Time: August 2019 onwards

ARISE Contribution : A team of 10 was formed under Project RISE, formalising ARISE welfare activities at IPCW, Delhi

Setting-up a stall by students with disabilities at fest held in IPCW, Delhi University

Time: February 2020

Duration: 1 day

Outcome : Various handmade items were sold by the students with disabilities; students had various performances & games

4. Program: Third batch of Job Preparation training for Visually Impaired students

Programme Name : 2 Months Training for VI students on Professional Introduction, English Conversational Skills and Interview Preparation

led by ARISE Impact at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

Time: September 2019 - November 2019

Duration: 2 months

Student Details: 22 visually-impaired (VI) students were trained

Content: Professional Introduction, English Conversational Skills and Interview Preparation

Delivery Method : In-person and Online training

Outcome :

a. After training in Professional introduction, students with disabilities are now able to introduce themselves (in English and Hindi) with confidence and talk about their disability in a positive way in a professional / workplace / job / interview environment.

b. After training in English Conversational, students with disabilities are now able to communicate meaningfully with their classmates, professors and the people they interact with in college. The content is divided into five parts: self-introductions, getting around campus, registering for courses, interacting with professors and classmates.

c. After training in Interview-preparation, students with disabilities are equipped with the expertise required to look for a job with the necessary skills for job interviews. By the end of this course, they learn how to maximize verbal and nonverbal communication during the interview and how to be prepared for commonly asked interview questions.

Certificates were awarded by the Principal, IPCW, University of Delhi

5. Program: Placements & Job Interview field trip activity organized for students with visual disabilities for their participation in the Job Fair co-hosted by the Government of India

Programme Name: VI students from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi were taken to the Job Fair, led by ARISE Impact

Time: November 2019

Duration: 1 day

Student Details: 11 visually-impaired (VI) students attended

Delivery Method : In-person

Outcome: 1 student got offer, 1 student got into 2nd round of interviews

6. Program: English Fluency Training on for VI school students from Chandigarh (Jan - May 2019… cont'd. from 2017 onward)

a) ARISE Impact trained 9th grade to 12th grade students with partial/full visual disability of IFB (Institute for the Blind, Chandigarh) for about 2 years (from July 2017 - May 2019). Students were progressively trained on English language fluency as they graduated between classes. Having english language fluency enables students with disabilities to become eligible for more jobs which require English.

b) The students were trained online every weekday using accessible Bilingual (Hindi- English) material prepared in-house by ARISE Impact. The topics included Conversational English, Grammar & Tenses, Word of the Day, Introducing oneself in english in-formal & informal setting & occasional career counseling of opportunities after schooling. We also shared inspirational stories of successful people-with- disabilities to motivate the students. Furthermore, ARISE Impact also conducted fun- learning activities in English, such as: GK & Indian History Quiz, Fact of the Day, Q&A about their favorite food, etc.

c) A total of about 10-20 female and male students with visual disabilities from class 8th - 10th were present in the study groups at any point in time.

d) ARISE Impact team visited IFB atleast once/twice a month to have in-person workshops/ Q&A sessions with the students, familiarize the virtual instructors, conduct doubt clearing sessions, and help them use our courses on their school computers. The course ended in May 2019 with the last module of English Tenses.

e) Testimonials from students:

i) Student 1: “...learning new words is fun because I get to use it in the class and in front of my friends. Sometimes I get homework at school to write 5 new words with meanings. I directly refer to the ARISE Impact group and use those words as my homework and learn from them”

ii) Student 2: “I want to learn English because if you want to get a job/ do anything in life , English is very important. These days knowing English is a requirement for everything. I am weak in english and I wish to learn. People don't respect you if you don't know English. So I want to learn. I want to go aborad for studies”


2020-Date

ARISE activities got curtailed during the onset of COVID-19 where all its operations were taken online. The fourth batch which started in February 2020 with 20+ students concluded its second half online and four online webinars were organized in relevant areas. Two online training programmes of 2 months duration each were also conducted including the fifth batch at IPCW of 20+ and 15+ students.

1. Development of Curriculum and Training Content for VI & PH students

The training and professional development courses for students with disabilities were developed after 2000+ volunteer-hours of research and development each year, including 2020 at ARISE Impact, with feedback from people with disabilities, Subject-matter experts and professional trainers. These courses are bilingual and also have experiential hands-on activity learning modules, and are utilized for ARISE Impact’s training programs.

2. Program: Fourth batch of Job Preparation training for VI students (second half conducted online)

Programme Name : 2 Months Training for VI students on Professional Introduction, Resume Building and Job Competency Training led by ARISE at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

Time: February 2020 - April 2020

Duration: 2 months

Student Details: 24 usually-impaired (VI) students were trained

Content : Professional Introduction, Resume Building, Job Competency Training

Delivery Method : In-person & online (for the second half) Outcome :

a. After training in Professional introduction, students with disabilities are now able to introduce themselves (in English and Hindi) with confidence and talk about their disability in a positive way in a professional / workplace / job / interview environment.

b. After training in Resume Building, students with disabilities are now able to understand and develop a resume for their application for jobs and also use the resume in professional settings and networking situations. By the end of this course, students can successfully create their resume in the correct format with all the necessary details.


3. Program: COVID-19 -related Webinar conducted on “How people with disabilities should protect themselves and stay safe during COVID-19”

Programme Name: 1.5 hours webinar & Q&A session with the doctor for teachers and students with disabilities hosted by ARISE

Time: April 2020

Duration: 1.5 hours

Details: The session also hosted Dr. Darshan from PGI, Chandigarh

Outcome : The session was successful in spreading awareness around the pandemic and sharing the necessary precautions that persons with disabilities must take.

4. Program: Online English Fluency training held for VI students across different colleges in Delhi Time: April 2020 - May 2020

Duration: 2 months

Student Details: 5 students with visual disabilities from Kirori Mal College, Daulat Ram College were trained

Content: English Conversational Skills

Delivery: Online training with weekly webinar-based workshops

Outcome: After training in English Conversational, students with disabilities are now able to communicate meaningfully with their classmates, professors and the people they interact with in college. The content is divided into five parts: self-introductions, getting around campus, registering for courses, interacting with professors and classmates.

5. Program: Universally Accessible Webinar conducted on “Transforming your thinking for wellness and self-care as a PwD during COVID-19”

Time: June 2020

Duration: 1 hour

Details: The universally accessible session was attended by the students with disabilities, faculty, Vice-Principal of IPCW and public at large

Outcome : With sign language interpretation, the webinar was successful in impacting a wide range of disabilities and advocating for wellness in COVID times.

Link: https://www.billionables.com/listing/transform-your-thinking-for-wellness-and-self- care-as-a-pwd-during-covid-19/attachment/transform-your-thinking-for-wellness-and-self- care-as-a-pwd-during-covid-19/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VICxWLPA9iM


6. Program: ARISE’s first Internship program launched for students with disabilities Time: August 2020 - September 2020

Duration: 1 month

Details: 5 interns of student with visual disabilities were selected and trained in specific skills with online volunteer roles

Content: Interns were given weekly tasks that involved research, analysis, writing skills and using MS Office

Outcome : By the end of the internship program, interns had completed 6-week long rigorous training that involved working on MS Office and finishing tasks within given deadlines,

7. Program: Information session on Railways and NTPC jobs examination was conducted for students with disabilities led by ARISE

Time: September 2020

Duration: 1 hour, online

Details: The session was attended by 15 students with visual and physical disabilities across Delhi University

Outcome : The webinar observed various queries by the students with disabilities that attended the session. Their questions were answered, and they had much greater clarity on the two exams.


8. Program: Online Job Preparation training held for VI & PH students across different colleges in Delhi

Time: September 2020 - October 2020

Duration: 2 months

Student Details: 23 students with disabilities were trained

Content: Resume Building, Interview Preparation

Delivery: Online training with weekly webinar-based workshops

Outcome:

a. After training in Resume Building, students with disabilities are now able to understand and develop a resume for their application for jobs and also use the resume in professional settings and networking situations. By the end of this course, students can successfully create their resume in the correct format with all the necessary details.

b. After training in Interview-preparation, students with disabilities are equipped with the expertise required to look for a job with the necessary skills for job interviews. By the end of this course, they learn how to maximize verbal and nonverbal communication during the interview and how to be prepared for commonly asked interview questions.

9. Program: Fifth batch of Job Preparation training for students with visual disabilities at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi (completely online)

Time: August 2020 - September 2020

Duration: 2 months

Details: 17 visually-impaired (VI) students were trained

Content: Resume Building, Interview preparation

Delivery: Online training with weekly webinar-based workshops

Outcome:

a. After training in Resume Building, students with disabilities are now able to understand and develop a resume for their application for jobs and also use the resume in professional settings and networking situations. By the end of this course, students can successfully create their resume in the correct format with all the necessary details.

b. After training in Interview-preparation, students with disabilities are equipped with the expertise required to look for a job with the necessary skills for job interviews. By the end of this course, they learn how to maximize verbal and nonverbal communication during the interview and how to be prepared for commonly asked interview questions.


10. Program: Information session on UPSC jobs examination was conducted with an IRS Officer who has a visual disability

Time: September 2020

Duration: 1 hour

Details: The session was attended by 18 students with disabilities across various colleges of University of Delhi

Outcome : The session observed participation from students with disabilities who were aspiring for UPSC exam. The QnA session with the IRS Officer was very insightful and guided students in their pursuits.

11. Program: Webinar held to celebrate Giving Tuesday India with a musical performance by person with a disability to advocate and create awareness around disability

Time: October 2020

Duration: 1 hour

Details: The session also featured a violin performance by a PwD

Outcome: The webinar enabled greater awareness around disability issues

Link: https://www.facebook.com/ariseimpact/videos/celebrating- givingtuesdayindia/966619877151874/