Training Centre for Teachers of the Deaf (TCTD) is situated in the capital of Orissa, Bhubaneswar. It is a joint project of the State Government and AYJNIHH. With the increasing number of rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities in India, there was a need for enough qualified staff and teachers working in these programs. Accordingly, a comprehensive curriculum for teacher training was created with the help of professionals, practitioners and partner organizations and was approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India.
The course has inputs from international teachers and experts. The institute offers a Diploma in Special Education (Hearing Impaired), or D.S.E. (VH). The duration of the course is 1 year. In order to be eligible, candidates must pass 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized University or Board. The curriculum focuses on developing the skills of deaf-blind children and young adults and supporting their integration into society. The institute has a special residential school for deaf-blind children, with students from different parts of the country. Teachers are taught how to impart training in sensory integration, orientation and mobility, activities of daily living and functional academics.
The institution has a large campus with beautiful gardens and simple but adequate buildings. There is a high school and college, a vocational training centre, a large girls’ hostel, a school for disabled students and one for the deaf and blind, and an orphanage. The staff consists of local people, and is well trained, committed and hard-working. The institute also supports a Community Based Rehabilitation program in the surrounding villages.