BENEFITING: MANIPAL EDUCATION & MEDICAL FOUNDATION
At Lotus Foundation we envision a world where every person with a disability has access to the latest evidence-based treatment.
We believe that every child and adult is entitled to the best possible education and rehabilitation programs.
We strive to promote self-efficiency and sustained growth in rehabilitation communities by training therapists, educators, parents, and caregivers.
We collaborate with local universities, agencies, corporations and experts to tailor trainings to their communities.
We had the opportunity to visit the Deaf and Dumb Free Residential School in Tumkur, Karnataka, India. Most of these children have been abandoned by their families, as the hearing loss is considered an economic burden. Currently none of the children have hearing aids mainly due to lack of maintainence costs and follow-up care.
Most of the staff, teachers, and administrators are volunteers and lack the training required to teach hearing impaired children. Classroom instruction in most grades consists of a combination of sign language, vocalization and visual aids. The children in the 10th grade have begun use portable DVD players with headphones (three children to one DVD player) for classroom instruction. According to the School Committee Chairman, Mr. Chandranna, the passing rate for this grade has increased from 10% to 100% since implementing this accommodation.
After graduation, many of the children have gone on to vocational trainings and have become productive citizens as adults. During our visit the children were eager to show us the DVD players and how they learned. Their enthusiasm shows great potential for success given the appropriate rehabilitation plan. It was evident that these children can reach their full potential with reasonable accomodation.
We identified four areas of improvement:
1) Research based evidence suggests that over amplification can be detrimental to hearing. Since three children use one DVD player and the volume is set to accommodate the child with the most severe hearing loss, children with mild and moderate hearing loss are adversely affected. In order for the children to get the greatest benefit, we plan on providing one DVD player and one headphone per child.
2) Even though the Indian government provides hearing aids to the children, lack of funding for ongoing maintenance such as batteries has made it difficult for consistent use of the hearing aids.
3) Lack of staff training to promote speech and language.
4) Lack of audiological support.
We have partnered with Manipal Foundation and would like to provide the children of Tumkur with amplification ($6,170.00) and rehabilitation ($4,500.00). This fundraiser does not include any administrative fees except those imposed by Crowdrise ($320.00).
We would like to ask for the gift of hearing for these children. Your donation will make a difference in these children’s lives by helping them to become independent and productive citizens. Your gift is tax deductible.
If you are in India and would like to contribute please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.