Wing Cdr Late Sri KK Srinivasan and his wife Smt. Rathna Srinivasan (Maiden Name: Rathna Janardhana Iyengar) founded the PADC school, earlier known as Helen Keller Pre School. Sri KK Srinivasan served in three wars, the Indo-Chinese war in 1961, the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965 and the Indo-Pakistan-Bangladesh war of 1971, and retired from the Air Force on 30 October 1975 having risen to the rank of Wing Commander. Srinivasan graduated with Honors in Physics from the Madras Presidency College (now known as The Presidency College, Chennai).
Personal Life of KK Srinivasan
In the early 1970’s late Wg Cdr KK Srinivasan and his wife late Smt. Ratna Srinivasan’s joys knew no bounds when little Raja Srinivasan came into their lives, but their joy was short-lived when they discovered that Raja could neither hear nor speak. Shattered but undeterred, the couple took Raja to a school in Chennai, a preschool for young hearing-impaired children. After receiving training successfully there, Raja was enrolled in to mainstream schooling in Mysore.
The experience gained in training Raja and their empathy towards parents with children who had hearing impairment prompted the couple to help those in similar situations. He started to conduct classes for four young children with hearing impairment along with their mothers in their rented house, later when Srinivasan constructed his own house the school was shifted to the garage of their newly constructed house in Saraswathipuram, Mysore. Sri. Srinivasan came across parents like him with hearing-impaired children and in the year 1980, International Year of the Handicapped, and a group of parents joined together to form Parents Association of Deaf Children, Mysore.
History of school
Initially, the school was named Helen Keller School for the Deaf and operated from the garage of Shri KK Srinivasan’s home. When Srinivasan constructed the first floor, this area was dedicated to the activities of the school. With the constant inflow of students, it became necessary to find a bigger place to accommodate the increasing number of mothers and children. Accordingly, the Parents’ Association of Deaf Children approached Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) for land allotment and was allotted land by MUDA at Janatha Nagar, Bogadi 2nd Stage, Mysore. With the help of donations from Individual donors and philanthropic organizations the initial building consisting of 3 teaching rooms and one office room came into existence. The new school premises were inaugurated on 12th December 1993 and the school was renamed as ‘Institute of Mother and Deaf Child’. The preschool started to function from this premises from that date.