Education December 10, 2020
Samarthanam Trust’s new project aims to make education inclusive for deaf children
Bengaluru-based Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled launched a new program called ‘Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired’. With this new venture, the team aims to make education in their school more inclusive for deaf children through different methods.
On Monday 7 December, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled inaugurated ‘Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired’. With this new project, Samarthanam hopes to include more deaf children into their inclusive school located at Bengaluru. The venture will help to enhance education of deaf children through proper guidance to help them comprehend academics and also participate in classroom activities with other mainstream students. The focus will be on advocacy to raise awareness about deaf community at both individual and community levels.
The many facilities at the center
Numerous faciltiies are introduced to serve the purpose. Like Audiometry tests that are done on deaf children. This will help to understand their hearing functions and determine how well the child can hear. ‘Loop Induction’ used at the school is an assistive listening technology in the class room. It is in tune to hearing levels of students. The teacher is equipped with a mike. So whatever that she/he says will reach the child’s level of hearing. This system is calibrated to suit the child’s hearing level. Along with these, teachers will also use sign language.
Mahantesh GK, founder, Samarthanam Trust says, “Students are provided with resources like hearing aids, technology, and interpreting facilities through sign language which is a valid linguistic means of conveying thoughts, ideas, and emotions. Support from corporate companies like ANZ helps us in giving quality education towards empowering persons with disabilities and the underserved”.
Renowned names at the event
There were some prominent names from Karnataka who were present during inauguration of the center. They only had praises for not just the new project, but Samarthanam as well.
This included Bhaskar Rao IPS, Additional DGP Internal Security Division, Dr V Muniraju, Director, Department for the Empowerment of Differently abled and Senior Citizens and SV Venkataraman, Managing Director (MD) ANZ and Purandare, ANZ.
“Courage makes any person self-sufficient. Samarthanam is doing great service by increasing capabilities of its students and employees by making them strong. So build the organization from the bottom and never succumb to fear”, said Bhaskar Rao.
Dr Muniraj said, “Samarthanam depicts hard work. Vision, mission and objectives are clearly visible through its growth”.
SV Venkataraman said, “We are indeed happy that we could participate in the growth of Samarthanam. To see it grow gives us a lot of satisfaction and pride and we wish everyone here a successful career.”
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