On International Women’s Day, March 8, the world celebrates the achievements of women. One woman worth honoring is Devangi Dalal, an audiologist and speech-language pathologist who co-founded the Josh Foundation to provide free hearing aids to underprivileged children. Dalal’s work with young children who have hearing impairments has gained public attention, earning her recognition such as the American Academy of Audiology’s Humanitarian Award in 2012 and the Women Influencers Award in 2019.
In addition to her foundation work, Dalal has authored books and directed a telefilm to create awareness of hearing impairment. During the COVID-19 lockdown, she also wrote the book “Spreading Positivity” in English and “Jagyatyarthi Sakaraatmakta” in Gujarati to bring hope and positivity to people suffering from physical and mental health issues.
Through the Josh Foundation, Dalal has distributed over a thousand hearing aids to children and has successfully provided 100 percent digital hearing aids to children in 12 schools. Her main objective is to help and support kids who have hearing issues and make them equally inclusive in our society. She believes that making these specially abled children equally inclusive in our society will inspire kindness and promote beauty in the world.
Dalal’s constant efforts and courage in accepting challenges to give a new life to people suffering from this unseen disability have earned her international recognition. She is appointed as the First Advocate for Hearing Health from India by Coalition for Global Hearing Health, working with the WHO to promote public awareness about hearing health. She has also raised over Rs 4.5 crore to support hearing-impaired children. With her eyes set on changing society’s view and treatment of hearing and speech-impaired children, Dalal feels that her journey has just begun and that there is still a long way to go.