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“If I hadn't lost my hearing, I wouldn't be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my own potential. I have to be better than the average person to succeed.” ― Lou Ferrigno
National Institute of Speech and Hearing,Trivandrum, Kerala is distributing free hearing aids through Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase / Fitting of Aids and Appliances (ADIP Scheme) , Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to people with hearing impairment. NISH has been implementing the ADIP scheme for the past decade and has distributed quality hearing aids to beneficiaries across the state. This has been a boon to many people who were not able to afford hearing aids due to financial constraints.
'Jana Gana Mana…' had been reverberating in our ears and hearts through all these 68 years of independence but a section of Indian Society- the population with hearing disability has never heard or sung our proud National Anthem. On the 68th Independence Day, National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) which boasts of an inclusive campus, effaced this notion and upheld the idea of inclusive society by organizing an integrated Independence Day celebration.
The Union Railway Minister, Shri. Sadanand Gowda, presented the railway budget on Tuesday,7/8/2014. As with any other budget, the budget has evoked both praise and protest. However few of the plans and provisions in the budget listed below will be quite beneficial to the differently abled society especially the people with loco motor disability and communication disability. .
i. Battery operated cars for differently-abled and senior citizens at major stations.
India Access Hub is the result of a snowball effect from a request to visit the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University in June, 2013. Amy Goldman, the Executive Director of the Institute was attending a conference called "M-Enable" in Arlington, Virginia and was not available. She invited me to attend I decided it would be a worthwhile venture and so I registered. At the conference, I met Joyojeet Pal, a Professor at the University of Michigan. Coincidentally, Joyojeet and I discovered we have a mutual friend, Rahul Cherian, whose trail-blazing life was cut short in 2013.