It was observed that in case of hearing impaired children, by the time parents fully understood the nature of the problem and took steps to overcome it, it became too late for a child to acquire language and speech. A child who is denied timely help gets into his/her own shell and gets totally cut off from the society.
Some senior parents of hearing impaired children felt the need to start a school to impart language and speech to hearing impaired children.Such a school was started sometime in 1996 in New Delhi YMCA . After shifting the school to various places, on 13th April 2008 we inaugurated our own school building.
At Suniye School:
– We, a few senior parents at the support school counsel the parents to get the child fitted with proper hearing aids so that the rehabilitation of the child starts as early as possible.
– The school has a core group of experts and an experienced faculty. The experienced educators for hearing impaired children take up regular classes while senior parents assist and provide their individual experiences.
– A teaching plan is drawn for each student separately and explained to the parents of the student who play an important role.
– Performance which differs from child to child is reviewed on a weekly basis and the earlier plan is modified accordingly. Fathers, who think they have no role to play in bringing up such children are called regularly and it is stressed upon and explained how they can contribute to the progress of the child.
– Once the children acquire language and speech, they are integrated into normal schools and we maintain regular follow up with the school authorities.
– Once a year , we hold an interaction session between such school teachers/principals and the parents of children to have a complete feedback about the children. Through cross discussions with experienced teachers and senior parents, solutions are found and implemented.
– In our pre-school, emphasis is made on oral communication only and so we stress the need to use proper hearing aids at the earliest possible.
- Running a pre-school where young hearing impaired children are taught spoken and written language. Language training is given by qualified teachers and senior experienced parents of hearing impaired children. Click here to know more.
- Providing free hearing aids to deserving poor children with the help of Rotary Clubs and other philanthropic organizations and individuals.
- Regularly updating website www.suniye.in with vital information about hearing impairment and covering news, events and articles related to hearing impairment.
- Counseling and guidance to parents and guardians.
- Helping parents in securing admission for the children in schools.
- Interacting with principals and the teaching staff of schools individually and as a group to sensitize them about the problems of hearing impaired children and to ensure their co-operation and help in the education of children studying in their schools.
- Organizing home visits to counsel other members of the house and explaining to them the role they can play to help the child.
- Organizing lectures, seminars etc by eminent persons on the subject of hearing impairment and allied matters.
- Remaining in constant touch with other organizations working among disabled persons and participating in voicing the problems of the disabled before the authorities so as to make the disabled lead a life of dignity.
- Exposure of children to practical experiences like visits to zoo, IGI airport, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Fun and Food Village, Metro Rail, Churches, Mandirs etc as part of their learning.
- A picnic cum sports event is held once an year where all our hearing impaired children and their parents participate in various sports events.
- Celebration of all the important functions and festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Teachers Day etc as part of education of the children.
- Holding fancy dress, painting competitions etc to encourage children to learn and participate in them.
- Organizing interaction meetings of parents and teachers of Schools where our children are integrated.
- The Society holds bi-annual elections to elect the Office Bearers and members of the executive committee.
- Meeting with member parents is held from time to time to discuss the activities of the society and to seek their suggestions in running the society.
- More and more children are getting admitted in regular schools. At present 70 children are attending our preschool and over 100 children are studying in various regular schools. Some of them are employed also.
- The Government of Delhi and Municipal Corporation of Delhi issue directions to the schools under them to admit all disabled children in their schools.
- On our request, the Chief Commissioner (Disabilities) directed Delhi University to reserve 3% seats in all its technical and non-technical courses to disabled persons.
- G.G.S. Indraprastha University agreed to reserve 3% seats in all its courses to disabled students.
- The Ministry of Health, Government of India enhanced hearing aid reimbursement charges from Rs. 5500/- to Rs. 10000/- per hearing aid. Digital hearing aids up to Rs. 60000/- were also approved for reimbursement.
- The Delhi Transport Corporation started issuing free bus passes to hearing impaired persons for traveling in DTC buses.
- The Government of Delhi recognized 60 decibels loss in both the ears as hearing impairment for all purposes.
- The Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) was recognized for issuing hearing loss certificates for identity cards.
- CBSE by amending its bye laws, agreed to exempt the hearing impaired students from learning the second language.
- Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation alloted, on payment measuring land 1178 sq. metres in Sector – II, R.K. Puram, New Delhi
- We are functioning in a partially constructed school building which was inaugurated on 13th April 2008. We need more funds to complete the school. Please click here to donate
- We have a fully equipped sound proof Audiometry room in the school.The Rotary club of Delhi were kind enough to fund the entire project.