Devangi Dalal, an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and founder of the Josh Foundation, has been honored for her outstanding efforts to provide free hearing aids to underprivileged children. Her work has earned her numerous accolades, including the American Academy of Audiology’s Humanitarian Award in 2012 and the Women Influencers Award in 2019.
Dalal has been a prominent figure in the field of audiology, with a long record of achievements dating back to the start of her professional career. She has served as the executive secretary of the Maharashtra Speech & Hearing Association and is a long-time winner of the title of Best Pediatric Hearing Aid Center in India.
Through the Josh Foundation, Dalal has made consistent efforts to help children and spread awareness about hearing impairment. Her foundation has distributed over a thousand hearing aids to children and has successfully been able to provide children in 12 schools with 100 percent digital hearing aids.
Dalal believes that “the world will aspire to the beauty of kindness if we make these specially abled children equally inclusive in our society.” Her constant efforts and courage in accepting challenges to give a new life to people suffering from this unseen disability have made her reach to the international platform. She is appointed as the First Advocate for Hearing Health from India by the Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH), working with WHO to promote public awareness about hearing health.
With the aim of bringing about a change in society on how hearing and speech-impaired children are viewed and treated, Dalal feels that her journey has just begun, and there is a long way to go. Her dedication to providing hearing aids to underprivileged children and spreading awareness about hearing impairment has earned her this well-deserved honor.