Providing Special Education to Hearing Impaired Students from underprivileged backgrounds
Raising: Rs. 3,75,000 /-
Expected no of Beneficiaries: 25 Children
Raising Funds for:
Problem Statement :
Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in humans today. WHO estimates, 360 million persons in the world are with disabling hearing loss. Approximately 8 % (32mn) of total affected population are children, majority of them are in South Asia and in sub Saharan Africa. Hearing loss is a silent and debilitating disability which affects over 24 million children in India. It is estimated that two in every 1,000 children born in India are deaf. In Telangana/Andhra Pradesh the estimated figures are six out of every 1,000 children are born with profound deafness, which is three times the national average and six times the global average. India has one of the highest deaf populations in the world with approximately 6% of the population suffering from some kind of hearing loss. Recognizing the need to provide special educational facilities to the children with hearing impairment, School for the Hearing Impaired was founded by Ashray Akruti in 1996 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. What started with just five children and now caters to the educational needs of 550 Hearing Impaired Children. So far 250 hearing impaired children have been integrated into the normal schools, colleges and universities. 100 Hearing impaired children from outside Hyderabad avail residential facilities provided by Ashray Akruti. The organization has been following several unique techniques in imparting special education to the hearing impaired children, the main feature being that the children are encouraged to speak. The focus is to enhance the residual hearing power of the children thus encouraging the children to speak rather than rely on sign language for communication. The institution encourages participation of the mothers in effective development of their children. All the staff members are well equipped to train hearing impaired children. Children are given special training in auditory and verbal skills and also academic training as per Andhra Pradesh State Syllabus. The institution steadfastly maintains a low teacher-student ratio, which enables every child to get the individual attention.Target Group 25 Hearing Impaired Children from underprivileged backgrounds. Geographical Location Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Scope of the Project
Provide Hearing Aids The school actively encourages the children to use hearing aids and trains them to listen and speak. It helps the children in using their residual hearing power. The organization provides digital hearing aids to the children as they provide right kind of amplification and support. Most of our students hail from poor families and cannot afford Hearing Aids which are priced Rs.15000 and above.
Auditory Training and Speech Therapy Auditory training: At Ashray Akruti, the students are provided regular, intensive training in listening. Listening might seem easy to a person with hearing. But for a child with hearing loss, listening is often tough without proper training. Like other skills, the skill of listening also must be learned. Most children who are deaf have some hearing. This is called ‘residual hearing’. The child is helped to use this residual hearing with the help of hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Speech therapy: The Speech Therapist in the organization provides one-on-one training with children to speak and develop their speech and language skills. Speech therapy is a clinical program aimed at improving speech, and language, and oral motor abilities.
Academic Training Oral Aural Method of teaching and Instruction: Regular state syllabus is followed in the school and at the end of the academic program; children take appear for the tenth grade public examinations conducted by the state board. The School follows Oral Aural Method of teaching to develop speech and communication skills among the deaf students. This approach combines speech, use of residual hearing and speech reading. The child is trained to use his/her hearing and develop expressive speech.
Special Educators as instructors: The Organization employs special educators to train and educate the children. Instruction to these children are individualized and tailor made to suit their intellectual capacity and residual hearing powers. At the same time, these children are given empowered with skills to cope with the ‘mainstream’ world; they are trained academically to face the school and university qualifying exams.
Trained mothers to train the children: The school involves the mothers of the hearing impaired students for their effective development and to promote further learning at home. Some of the mothers have also been trained to teach the Hearing Impaired children. Many mothers are working with Ashray Akruti as teachers.
Low teacher student ratio: The Organization maintains low teacher student ratio to enable each student to get the individual attention that they deserve.
Visual Information in Teaching: The School relies a lot on the Visual teaching Aids to impart education to the Hearing Impaired Children.
Activity/Field trip based Education: The lessons are taught through activities field trips etc. teaching is mainly hands on activity based through field trips, etc.
Co-Curricular Activities The Students are encouraged to participate in Co-curricular activities like Dance, Karate, Arts & Crafts, Drawing and coloring. Although the students develop holistically, these activities have added enormous therapeutic value to the children. We have a regular Yoga, Karate and Dance teacher and PT teacher for the students. Pre- Vocational Training Ashray Akruti imparts Pre- vocational training to the hearing impaired children in Tailoring • Banjara Embroidery • Mahendi Designing • Painting
Residential Facility Ashray Akruti has full-fledged residential facility which at present caters to the needs of 150 Hearing Impaired Children. A dedicated team of wardens, a home mother, cooks and ayahs work to ensure love, care and protection is given to all the students in the hostel. We ensure the children get healthy and nutritious food and a home mother to care for every 15 students. We have a dedicated school bus to take the children to the school and back, ensuring punctuality and safety.We also encourage volunteers to teach the children art, craft and games during weekends and holidays. The facility caters to mostly those from outside Hyderabad. There are students from various districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh .We also have few students from other states of India like Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Kashmir.
Listening Skills improved among Hearing Impaired Children
Speech and Communication Skills improved among Hearing Impaired Children
Language Skills improved among Hearing Impaired Children
Academic performance improved Hearing impaired Children improving
Parents’ skills improved to deal with Hearing Impaired childrenAbout the Organisation:
Ashray Akruti is a registered non-profit, non-religious organization working towards providing access to quality education, health care and sustainable livelihoods to people with disability and marginalized sections of the society. Established in 1996 in Hyderabad, Telangana the organization strongly believes in the potential of persons with disability and envisions a society where people with disability lead a life of dignity as equal citizens with equitable access to opportunities. Ashray Akruti is an accredited organization certified by Credibility Alliance following norms of accountability, transparency and good governance. The organization is empaneled with the National CSR hub of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Ashray Akruti is the NGO member on the ethics committee of Gandhi Hospital, Secunderabad and the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad. Since our inception in 1996, more than 250 hearing-impaired children have been integrated into mainstream schools, colleges and Universities. Among them, many were skilled in our Multimedia and Animation Training Centre at Sri Nagar Colony. Apart from the objective of impacting the lives of hearing impaired children with education and employment, Ashray Akruti works with people at grass root level implementing interventions like free hearing screening for new born and rehabilitation facilities for children with disabilities. Presently the organization caters to more than 550 children with disabilities across the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Empower people with disabilities & people from underprivileged background, through quality education, health care and sustainable livelihood.
To create institutional, non-institutional and community based interventions for the people to help them become independent self-reliant and contributing citizens of the country.
Ashray Akruti (Not For Profit)
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Project Office Address : Ashray Akruti, 8-3-1027/A2, Lane, Srinagar Colony Main Rd, opp. Indian Bank, Hyderabad, Telangana 500073
Contact Full Name : Dakshayani
Contact Designation : Resource Mobilizer
Contact Phone Number : 8121093335
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