"An Interaction on Hearing Impairment with Associated Disorders"
Anwesha Kolkata & Deaf Blind Resource Centre, SVH
On 10th September, Saturday, 2016 Anwesha Kolkata and SVH held an interactive session for the parents of children with hearing impairment. Dr. Ruma Chatterjee, an eminent resource person & Project Director, Society for Visually Handicapped (SVH) Deaf Blind Resource Centre, Kolkata delivered speech on “Hearing Impairment with Associated Disorders”.
More than 25 parents participated in the awareness programme. Dr. Chatterjee lucidly spoke about the deaf blindness issue, early identification, intervention as well as remedial procedures to deal the problems confidently for children of all ages. Ms. Annapurna Maruvada, a special educator and mother of a visually challenged girl assisted Dr. Chatterjee during the programme.
Dr Chatterjee and Ms. Maruvada made the participants understand the different types of vision problems by making them wear different spectacles for different types of vision loss. During the discussions, she emphasised the need for regular eye checkups particularly for those who may have a family history such as Glaucoma. The participants received the SVH’s Bi-Lingual (English Bengali) Manual on Deaf-Blind disability which will serve as a guideline for each one of them to dispel the misconception about the deaf blindness issue. The manual contains various information like the meaning of the disability, current issues of deaf blind child, persons and organizations working for cause, important facts & findings, causes & effects of the nerve related disorders, symptoms of the problem, possible ways to tackle the issue, efforts for mainstreaming/inclusion and many more.
Many unanswered questions of the parents were met and the patience and ability to meet their queries during the short time period by the resource person was really praiseworthy. The programme was good and we have got the spontaneous feedback for the audience. Anwesha team presented a small memento to her as a token of respect.
Last but not the least, one of her advices for the parents which are still lingered in our mind was that we need to be aware, stay optimistic and fight endlessly until and unless our child is properly mainstreamed into the society despite the disability related issues.