Presentation Title: Early Learning Resources for Deaf and Special Needs Children A Pathway to Basic Literacy and Numeracy
Richard Geary is the founder and Executive Director of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) a non-profit educational foundation operating in Pakistan since 1984.
Pakistan has a paucity of educational opportunities available for deaf children, with less than 5% out of over 1 million deaf children attending school countrywide. Under his leadership, FESF has developed the Deaf Reach Program (http://www.deafreach.com) unique in its holistic approach in providing KG-College academic education and marketable skills training for Deaf children. There are 7 Deaf Reach Schools and Colleges across Pakistan.
His team has led the way in developing innovative and ground-breaking digital learning resources in Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) which are being used countrywide to improve the quality of deaf education, resulting in FESF being chosen as winner of the global 2018 WISE Award for Education (https://www.wise-qatar.org/technology-based-deaf-education-pakistan), and the 2018 PASHA Award. See more at http://www.psl.org.pk.
He has worked in the field of Social Development for the past 45 years, and served as a consultant to the Pakistan Government in matters pertaining to assistive services for special needs children. He is a sitting member of the Federal National Literacy Coalition. FESF has been honored with the prestigious appointment of Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
Richard has made presentations at the following recent key global forums:
WISE Award Winner & Presentation – United Nations, New York, Sept 2018
Ed Tech Europe – London Global Event, May 2018
Silicon Valley OPEN – April 2017
World Congress of the Deaf – Istanbul 2015; Paris upcoming 2019.