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Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education (ARISE) Impact is a mission oriented non-profit enabling self-learning for differently-abled. We are developing, promoting and disseminating self-learning content, games and apps for differently-abled.
Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education (ARISE) is a non-profit Charitable Trust headquartered at Chandigarh, and recognized with charitable status. We develop and disseminate self-learning resources for the differently-abled and marginal communities. Our philosophy is of self-learning leading self-awareness, empowerment and hence, focusing on increasing engagement with education and likelihood of employability over the longer term.
We started serving our mission first in 2010, with Special Education Module for Visually Challenged at Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Special Education Module is a talking audio resource compatible across various devices, especially mobile platforms. We conducted in-classroom on-ground research studies to build models of cognitive learning for visually challenged children and their skillset and learning gaps. Based on our research, we have developed over 200 SEMs and distributed to more than 300 visually challenged children in India. Our impact has shown in typical 21% increase in test scores, shifting second-divisions to first, and gaining 98-100% engagement levels with our SEMs.
Besides, SEM, our focus is to develop a universal access learning Android App and game-based learning modules for visually challenged, deaf and dumb, and physically challenged. Our current working collaboration include Institute for the Blind, Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, Indian Association for Muscular Dystrophy, Internshala, HelloIntern, Nirmaan, Swami Ram Krishna Paramhansa Maa Sharda Sewa Samiti, Medha Society, etc.
Our innovations span over 3 patent-pending technologies with 8 years of combined research. We are registered with United Nations Online Volunteering Program and also awarded under Google Grants and Salesforce. We are collaborating with MITx Entrepreneurship, MISTI India and Imperial College Desk to Difference Program. We are also a BNID (Boston Network for International Development), Building Impact and CityAwake partner organization.
ARISE was the winner NGO in the Mobile Usage category under eNGO Challenge Awards (2014) amongst 700 NGOs in South Asia region and a Social Enterprise partner for City Awake Conference in Boston, USA