Empowering the hearing impaired

Smile Foundation and Ashray Akruti have joined hands to break the social barriers and prejudices in the society against the hearing impaired. Smile Foundation is extending its support to the Little Angels School for Hearing Impaired, initiated by Ashray Akruti will support in Hyderabad.

The project- Little Angels School for Hearing Impaired:

Ashray Akruti runs a school and rehabilitation centre for hearing impaired and underprivileged children between the age group of 6-18 years. It facilitates these children for garnering doctor certificates and making them aware of the disabled welfare schemes and services. Quality education is provided to the hearing impaired children. Also latent talent development activities and vocational trades are conducted to hone the skills of these children thus helping them get employment in the industrial sector.

The children also undergo training in intensive auditory, speech therapy, health and hygiene etc by qualified staff. The school has a well-equipped library, which has the latest books, journals and newspapers to cultivate the reading habit among children. The school has residential facility where children are provided food, clothes, books, stationery, toiletries and foot wear etc.

The project follows an inclusive model of education where underprivileged normal and hearing impaired children learn together the same lessons in the same classroom. Parents too are taught to manage their wards and how they need special care.

Smile Foundation will help Akshay Akruti provide hearing aids to children. Nutritious meals will be made available to the children and doors will be opened to creative ways of learning through field visits and educational trips.

The school also has a computer lab with special soft wares for hearing impaired. Special educators specialized in fields like auditory training; speech therapy and language training impart education to differently abled. The organization conducts numerous guidance and counseling sessions for economically and socially backward parents.

Ashray Akruti follows several unique techniques in imparting special education to the hearing impaired like encouraging children to speak through Oral Aural method of teaching. They are encouraged to speak rather than relying on sign language for communication. Children are given special training in verbal skills and also coached for SSC Board examinations using special methods.

Special Focus:

The partnership will provide a congenial environment and comprehensive teaching programme for the hearing impaired and underprivileged children, which shall help them become independent, self reliant and contributing citizens of the country.

About the partner

Ashray Akruti was founded in 1996 to work for the hearing impaired and underprivileged children in Hyderabad. It believes in the dignity and potential of every child, regular or with hearing impairment. The organisation aims to integrate them into a mainstream school and thus enable them to claim their rightful place in society. Some of the core values of Ashray Akruti include protection of rights and dignity of marginalised children, rendering quality in the services delivered, maintaining transparency and accountability to ensure good governance. Ashray Akruti’s main aim is to enable hearing impaired and underprivileged children realize their innate potential and actively contributed to the society. Through its various development initiatives, Akshay Akruti continuously strives to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals.

Vision: Empowering the hearing impaired and underprivileged children of Andhra Pradesh and transform them into healthy positive contributors to the nation.

Future plans:

Keeping in mind the lack of specialized facilities for hearing impaired and especially children, Ashray Akruti aims to:

Provide early intervention services to 75 children (From 0-2 years). Progressively increase the number of children availing our special education services. Start a vocational training unit to impart training for the courses that are suited to current employment market requirements.

Identify social entrepreneurs and train them to provide services for hearing impaired. Home based and outreach programmes for children support hearing impaired children with cochlear implant surgeries.

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