Providing Access to a Better Future for Children with Deafblindness

By Kottayam Social Service Society

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Summary

The above quote is by Helen Keller, an American activist born in 1880. Keller lived with deafblindness, a disability denoted by hearing impairment and vision loss at the same time. In the above quote Keller is describing what she felt as a six-year-old when her teacher taught her a word through touch, for the first time, after living with deaf blindness since she was one.

People with Deafblindness, a disability that results in little to no sight along with little or no hearing, are relegated to a complete information blackout till they are, with great care, patience and thoroughness, taught to interpret the outside world using other senses.

It is estimated that in India there are more than 5,00,000 adults and children who are living with deaf-blindness. Children with deafblindness can often have a wide range of additional disabling conditions like speech impairment, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities. As a result, they face severe difficulties in communication, mobility, accessing information, learning, and education. This leads to isolation, social exclusion and affects all round development of the child. It can only be mitigated to special education thoroughly customized to each child’s needs and delivered on a one-to-one basis.

However, for children with deafblindness born into underprivileged and resource poor households, such early–childhood special education and rehabilitation program remains completely inaccessible. INDIAdonates’ partner, Kottayam Social Service Society aims to provide this access to learning, information and an education to 25 children with deafblindness in Kottayam and Alapuzha districts of Kerala. These children are between 3 to 14 years old from families dependent on daily wage labour and domestic work. Moreover, since the children require regular support and caregiving (usually provided by the mother), only one parent has the opportunity to earn a wage thus reducing the earning capacity of the family even further.

Under this project, special instructors will work with each child and their parents to create an Individualized Plan with quarterly goals. 

The intervention will provide these children’s access to learning, information and an environment for growth. Currently, INDIAdonates is seeking funds for the next year.

Your contribution will ensure a better future for these extremely vulnerable children

 

BUDGET HEADS

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UNIT COST

UNITS

TOTAL

Program Activity Cost

Honorarium of Physiotherapist

22,500

12

2,70,000

Honorarium of Speech therapist

22,500

12

2,70,000

Honorarium of Special Educator

22,500

12

2,70,000

Travel Cost for Physiotherapist 

750

12

9,000

Travel Cost for Speech therapist

750

12

9,000

Travel Cost for Special Educator

1,000

12

12,000

Educational Resources & Learning Materials

 

 

40,000

Raw materials for vocational trainings

 

 

50,000

Medical & Nutritional Support

 

 

1,00,000

Administrative Costs

Administrative & Operational Cost

 

 

15,000

Monitoring, Documentation and Evaluation Cost

 

 

 

1,00,000

Total

11,45,000

 

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Kottayam Social Service Society

Kottayam Social Service Society (KSSS) is a registered non-profit organization established in 1964 to organize social service activities in its operational areas without discrimination on basis of caste and creed. Its main target group is poeple below poverty line with special priority to the scheduled castes and tribes. The society's goal is to empower the people for development aiming at soc...read more

Chaithanya, Thellakom P.O, Kottayam-686630, Kerala, India
9567789732, 9495445860

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