About 4 babies are born deaf in every 1000 birth in our country. If their hearing disability is detected at the earliest, they can be fitted with the hearing devices which are again assertive and well-managed. Then these children are made to learn spoken language through special aural oral schooling. They can converse with their relative ease under the direction of an auditory-verbal therapist, special educator which is in equal partnership with their respective parents.
There is no any neo- natal hearing screening program implemented in our country to detect hearing disability of new born babies. But, this is deprived things, As Hearing impairment is a hidden disability it imposes dual disability of speech and hearing. These children are often brought with the complaint of inability to speak. And hence underwent hearing testing. Then they are detected with the hearing impairment and then fitted with the hearing devices. All these important steps are taken very late i.e after 5 years, at which these children are left with very limited scope. They need to rely more on the visual means for language development. These children first faces disability of deafness, and then dumbness, after which they are enrolled in special school to develop, further they are taught by sign language method and it is only upto middle school. Still there are no facilities to continue their higher education in same stream.
Hence, only 2.5 % reaches to secondary school, 1.1 % to higher secondary, 0.9 % up graduation level. EMFA does not only focus on auditory habilitation, but also we look forward to overall development of these kids, we create academic foundation with concrete base of general education and provide them pre and primary education of general stream, it also help them to do well academically. Finding their aptitude / interest in other fields like art, craft, sports, dance, drama, playing musical instruments, etc, they must have literacy skills. These children should read well this helps them in acquiring good language as well as good speech to communicate. This also leads them to have better “quality life” to become independent person in the society and contributing well-being as well.
We conduct all the relevant activities for the oral-aural rehabilitation of these young deaf children which includes AVT therapy, speech- hearing- language training, pre-schooling, primary schooling, workshops, seminars by oral education experts, general school readiness and integration, etc. Their parents too are guided to deal with the problem of their special child and involve them into daily living activities. We do the parent counselling, guidance and training, etc for their empowerment. Whereas other programs such as social awareness program, health check-up, picnic, festival celebrations, visits of social worker, etc. are conducted for overall development of these kids. Enabling them to have equal opportunities in the main stream of society
- Till the date, 110 students are integrated in normal schools. Our center is now working in its full capacity with the strength of more than 43 students with their respective mothers, and it is the only setup where Mothers are allowed to learn and teach; because we believe that only a mother can understand her child better and can handle them with utmost care. Therefore, Parents here are treated as equal partners.
- A staff of 8 trained, experienced teachers along with honorary assistant volunteers give training to these children.
- The classrooms are well equipped with necessary educational tools and toys.
- Children are fitted with digital hearing devices like Behind the ear (BTE) Hearing aids and Cochlear Implant by the Parents which are guided by the Expert professional.