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QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH

NATIONAL SPEECH & HEARING NATIONALINSTITUTE INSTITUTEOF OF SPEECH & HEARING

Dear Friends and well wishers of NISH,

IN THIS ISSUE Autism Intervention Unit

ISSUE 5 APRIL 2012

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NISH Pace Setter

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“IMAGENOMIC”

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New Water Fountain

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News Broadcast 2 To a Wider World

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Vacation Program

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Workshops 3 Awareness Programmes

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Sports Day 2012

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Youth Festival 2012

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Cultural Fest 2012

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Searching New Nests

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We are coming to the close of another academic year. Another group of students leave the campus comfort to face the outside world. The pre-school kids go to an integrated school setting. The degree students go out to face the real life outside and to stand shoulder to shoulder with others in the market place. A change of phase in their lives!. I don’t know what all memories they carry with them as they go out from NISH. I certainly hope that we instilled in them lasting values in addition to the knowledge!. And we are waiting for our next group of students to arrive on campus soon. They will come with so many apprehensions. As we welcome them with open arms, our hope is that we will influence their lives positively, mould their character and prepare them for the life ahead! We are truly a unique campus. I wonder where else in the world can you find pre-school students and postgraduate degree students share one campus. That too a mix of hearing and deaf students. And of course girls and boys. What else do you need to have a vibrant work place? I often listen to the young children who scream in the play area below my office. At other times, a few adult students come into my office to converse in sign language. This newsletter is a small window to our world - a quick slideshow of the events in the last three months. I congratulate the newsletter team for being prompt again in bringing out the newsletter. They do this work in addition to the regular academic work they need to attend to!. It is true that most of us have extra responsibilities we carry in addition to the regular scheduled work. We are able to do it, because we work as a team!. You can see that in the series of events that happen on campus. From the Vava Suresh snake show to the international photography exhibition, it is all team work.

Sports Day 2012

Thanks team for the great work. Let us keep moving! Dr. Samuel N Mathew Executive Director

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International Photography Workshop

News Broadcast


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NISH Pace Setter

Staff & Students, Dept. of Fine Arts

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“IMAGENOMIC” - International Photography Workshop

FEBRUARY

An Intervention Unit for Autism was started at NISH on 1st February 2012. NISH offers a comprehensive assessment and therapeutic program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program mainly focuses on making the parent an effective facilitator for the child. AIU integrates children with ASD in the normal sphere after an intensive training program for six months

At NISH we serve others, and this program intends to recognize a person who did something above and beyond their usual call of duty. This is simply to say, “You set a good example for others. We salute you”. Any staff can nominate any of their colleagues whom they think is worthy of mention. The person who nominated would be kept anonymous.

MARCH

Autism Intervention Unit

Newsletter team: Ms.Swapna, Ms.Sapna & Ms.Silvy Ms. Athira L S, Librarian

The Fine Arts department of NISH conducted a four day International workshop for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing on Digital Photography Techniques from 2nd to 5th of April 2012 at the A K Antony Hall of Fine Arts, NISH. Dr. Johnston Grindstaff, Associate Professor from Gallaudet University led the sessions. Famous wildlife photographer Mr.Balan Madhavan and press photographers, Mr.Peethambaran Payyeri (Deccan Chronicle), B.S. Prasannan(Mangalam), G.Binulal (Mathrubhumi) also took classes at the workshop.

New Water Fountain at NISH

Dr. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, Member Planning Commission, Government of India visited NISH on 27th February 2012. Dr. Samuel N Mathew, Executive Director of NISH delivered a speech on ‘What should we do for students with disabilities to be successful in education?” at the National Seminar on “Avenues in Technical Education for the Hearing Impaired/ Visually Challenged” held on 8th & 9th March 2012 organised by Curriculum Development Centre, Kalamassery, Ernakulam. Ms Raji N R, Sr. Software Engineer made a presentation titled “Teaching Students with Hearing Impairment-Overview of Experiences at NISH”.

News Broadcast

The concerted effort by the faculty and students of the Fine Arts program produced this wonderful water structure at NISH. It is a soothing sight with the water gently gurgling over the pebbles.

NISH is putting together a news video, covering international, national, local and NISH news - anchored by our students themselves. The news is read by a hearing student and signed by a hearing impaired student. This weekly news broadcast will be broadcasted in the campus and on Youtube. It could be a good thing for the whole deaf community around Kerala and even across India.


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To a Wider World

Dr. Melony, the Director of Disability Center at Rayerson University, Toronto, Canada with her husband Dr. Leo Panitch visited NISH on the first week of February.

Workshop on “Recent Advances in Cochlear Implant Technology”

Eight Preschool kids will be integrated into the mainstream of education in the coming academic year .The valedictory function was held on the 30th March 2012 at NISH lobby in the presence of their parents & teachers.

Vacation Program The annual summer school program of NISH for the school going deaf & hard of hearing students has started on April 16, 2012. 35 children are attending the program which includes activities for improving speech and language, classes on reading and writing, painting, sculpture, computer, visits to places of interest, movie, etc. The program will conclude on May 16, 2012.

Snake awareness programme Snake expert and wildlife conservationist Mr. Vava Suresh was invited by the Bhoomitra Club of NISH as part of its yearly activities. An awareness programme about “Snakes and poisoning” was taken by Mr.Vava Suresh with the demonstration of different snakes.

Water Color Workshop by Sadhu Aliyur A water color painting camp was organized on 23rd and 24th February 2012 for the BFA(HI) students. Renowned artist Mr. Sadhu Aliyur, ‘Strokes’, Kozhikode conducted the camp. 82 students attended the camp. It gave a fabulous experience to the students.

A one day Workshop on “Recent Advances in Cochlear Implant Technology” was held at NISH in collaboration with Advanced Bionics India on March 22, 2012. A talk was given by Mr. Ajimsha, Clinical Manager, Advanced Bionics .

Workshop on “Genetic Basis of Hearing Loss” A one day workshop was held on “Genetic Basis of Hearing Loss” on 9th March 2012 at NISH. Dr.Moinak Banerjee from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Biotechnology (RGCB), Trivandrum was the guest speaker.

Awareness Program on Stuttering A parental awareness programme in the prevention and management of early stuttering ”Stuttering in young children”, was organized by the Department of ASLP on 25th February 2012.

Awareness programme for parents of children with HI Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology conducted a one day awareness program at NISH for parents of children with hearing impairment on Saturday, 18th February 2012 . A talk on “Clinical Practices in Adult Neurocommunication Disorders” was given by Ms. Annamma George, Speech Language Pathologist, specialist in Neurogenic Language Disorders, Sri Chithra Medical Centre on 17th March 2012.

OAE training program was conducted for nursing staffs from all the districts of the state on 26th March 2012. Ms. Jeena Mary Joy, Audiologist & Speech Language Pathologist attended National Seminar on Cochlear Implants conducted at Dr. SRC Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore on 28th, 29th and 30th of March 2012. Ms. Reesha Hussain, Clinical Supervisor attended the 8th All India Cochlear Implant Workshop at MERF-Chennai on 21st and 22nd April 2012.


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Sports Day 2012 The Sports Day - ‘NISH Integrated Sports 2012’ was conducted on Saturday, the 31st of March 2012 at the Lakshmibai College of Physical Education (LNCPE), Karyavattom. Staff and students of NISH participated with awesome performances. A sports competition for the Pre school kids was conducted on the NISH premises on 29th March 2012. Chidren were cheered with gifts and sweets.

Kerala University Youth Festival 2012 For the first time the hearing impaired students from NISH competed in the group dance and mime events. Mr. Anzad A, III year BFA secured the third prize in monoact. Mr. Subash Viswan,IV year BFA secured third prize in sculpturing.

Anzad A

Motivational talk by Dr.K N Pavithran, Former Executive Director of NISH on 24th March 2012.

Global news update by Gravity Club

Subash Viswan

The girls who participated in the group dance gave a scintillating performance. The group was specially invited back to perform at the closing function also.

Cultural Fest 2012

Gravity club organised ‘Global news update’, a round up of the recent news and events for the students. The presentation was done jointly by the hearing impaired students and hearing students. The hearing students did the oral presentation, while the non hearing counterpart signed the news.

“Empower to Enrich, Include to Integrate” The students union organized NISH Cultural Fest “PHOENIX” on Saturday, 10th March 2012. Various cultural programmes were presented by the students.

Searching New Nests A group of 23 students of the 2009-13 batch of ASLP were given a warm sent off by the staff and friends on 31st March. The function named “DESPEDIDA” became a stage for the students to present colourful programmes. .

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SPEECH & HEARING KARIMANAL P O, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA , INDIA

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