Good Businesses 2014

Something special

V-shesh provides job-related skills to youth with disabilities and helps them find employment

Photographs by RA Chandroo

It looks like any other college farewell party. The room is decorated with streamers and balloons and pizza, cake and cola make up the lunch menu. Group photos are being taken, there’s laughter all around thanks to the usual ribbing between friends and yes, each one has to dance or mimic a friend when their name is pulled out of a cup. The only difference: all this is happening without a word being spoken. The 20-odd youngsters from Tamil Nadu and Kerala assembled in the room are all hearing impaired, communicating with each other with sign language. This is the 33rd batch graduating from Chennai-headquartered V-shesh in the past three years, all of whom have been differently abled in one way or the other.