Initiated in the year 1990 by Dr. S.N. Dixit, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA, the school began operations with just two students. After 25 years of living in USA, Dr Dixit wanted to give back to his birth city Kanpur an institution for helping the disabled. Thus was established the Jyoti Bal Vikas Sanstha in Kanpur, as an affiliate of the Jyoti Children’s Development Foundation, USA. The objective of the foundation is to educate disabled children, train them in a specific vocation, and help them find employment for them to become independent and self-supporting members of the society. The positive response from families of the students, generous donations from across the globe, and the dedication of volunteers and staff provided the school the right impetus to carve a niche for itself. A seed sown and nurtured with care has grown into a tree providing shelter, care and special education to hearing impaired children from across the country. It welcomes 200 students including 55 residential and a professionally trained and committed staff.

As in many parts of the developing world children with disabilities in India are often socially marginalised some are even rejected by their families. The Jyoti School for Hearing Impaired works with the aim to combat this stigma and enable hearing-impaired children to take their rightful place in society. Our mission is to prepare our students for a life beyond school and to develop them as contributing individuals to the society at large. To this end, the school offers students a rigorous academic education and teaches vocational skills that allow them to become active members of the working world. There is a great emphasis on language, communication and sports to garner an all round development. The specialist teaching staff and purpose-built environment allows our students to achieve success through a focus on communication, literacy, sports, and social skills.