Early identification and intervention is key for the success of any Deaf child. The training of parents needs to start very early, so that the child does not lose crucial early years of learning. The institute appoints trained professionals to train the parents.
Training cost of educators
Special educators registered with
Rehabilitation Centre of India (RCI) are
needed to teach the Deaf. Besides, the
teachers need to be trained in the ‘Indian
Sign Language’. Regular and continuous
training is provided at the institute after the
teacher’s regular teaching hours. Therefore, there is an additional cost of hiring trained instructors.
Students with partial hearing use hearing
aids. Apart from the cost of the hearing
aids, the institute has an in-house
audiology department and has appointed
a well-trained audiologist to meet this
Speech therapy helps partially Deaf persons
to identify sounds which plays an important
role in their safety, besides boosting their
self-confidence. We need to regularly co-
opt new technologies to provide speech
therapy to students. Software used for
providing speech therapy are expensive.
Deafness is a double disability and hence has a major psychological impact on the Deaf and their families. Regular counseling sessions of the child, parents, siblings and their extended families is crucial. The institute hires psychologists trained in Indian Sign Language.
Indian Sign Language training
The institute has adopted bilingual method
of teaching the Deaf. It helps Deaf children
acquire greater vocabulary, unlike the oral
method (i.e. lip reading) of teaching. Sign
Language classes are required not just for
students and teachers, but also for the
family of the Deaf child. We need to incur
the additional costs of hiring trained
Students teacher ratio
Deaf literature recommends a teacher
student ratio of 8:1 unlike the hearing
schools where one teacher manages 40-50
students in one classroom. This implies
appointing more teachers for impactful
Retention of experienced teachers
Training of teachers is key to the progress
of a child. Retention of teachers requires
paying them better emoluments.
Deaf children are visual learners. Visual
learning experience for the child requires
the use of interactive Smart Boards. These
require not just the initial expenditure of
the purchase of boards, but also an annual
charge for software packages.
The Covid 19 pandemic forced the
students to study from home. Many
parents were unable to provide
laptops or smart phones to their
wards. Funds were required to procure
tablets for such students. Tablets were
also required for teachers. In addition,
there are costs of recharging SIM cards
for a few extremely poor students.
“Work I must for the common wheel
And the way to achieve is by effort and dispatch
To this end I toil
To discharge my debt to human beings
And to make some happy
In this world and the next…”
– Emperor Ashoka
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