Give every hearing impaired child chance to listen, learn and speak, thus, enabling him to be an active part of our essentially, hearing and speaking world.
No child should be neglected for lack of hearing, instead, deaf children should have equal opportunity to grow into normal society.
"Ekvira Multipurpose Foundation Akola”, is nothing but a major attempt of the society to get an insight into the problems of the hearing handicap children who are otherwise a neglected and rejected part of society.
VISION: EKVIRA MULTIPURPOSE FOUNDATION, AKOLA AIM’S TO ULTIMATELY BE THE ONE CENTER WHICH PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED FACILITIES-
~ NEONATAL HEARING SCREENING PROGRAM ,
(NOT AVAILABLE) ~ HEARING ASSESSMENT,
~ PARENTS AND FAMILY COUNSELING
~ AVT THEARAPY
~ PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT,
(NOT AVAILABLE) ~ OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSIOTHERAPY
(NOT AVAILABLE) ~ SPEECH – HEARING – LANGUAGE TRAINING,
~ SPEECH THERAPY,
~ AUDIOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT,
~ CULTURAL ACTIVITIES,
~ PRE AND PRIMARY ORAL EDUCATION,
~ PARENT TRAINING AND EMPOWERMENT ,
~ CONTINUOUS OVERALL SUPPORT
~ HEARING AID BANK & HEARING AID FITTING
(NOT AVAILABLE) ~ OWN BUILDING
(NOT AVAILABLE) ~ EVERY THING FOR THE REHABILITATION OF HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN AT YOUNG AGE UNDER SINGLE ROOF.
WE WANT TO ACHIEVE THE MOTIVATION WHICH HEADS TOWARDS THE BETTERMENT OF CHILDREN WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT.
TOWARDS THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE PARENTS
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