Ashray Akruti

Project Brief: Recognizing the need to provide special educational facilities to the children with hearing impairment, School for the Hearing Impaired was founded by Ashray Akruti in 1996 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Project Type: Children with Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Danbury
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Lalitha Podila
Project Partner(s): Devaki Kumar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 8-3-1027/A2,Lane Opp To Indian Bank,Srinagar Colony-Hyderabad,
Tel: 040-4004 2250
Stewarding Chapter: Danbury
Sep 2023DanburyUSD 12979
Sep 2022DanburyUSD 12409
Dec 2021DanburyUSD 9539
Jun 2021DanburyUSD 5788
Dec 2020DanburyUSD 7833
May 2020DanburyUSD 4643
Nov 2019DanburyUSD 8418
Dec 2018DanburyUSD 11563
Jun 2017DanburyUSD 12632
Dec 2015DanburyUSD 10194

Total = $95998

The School for the Hearing Impaired was founded by Ashray Akruti in 1996 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. What started with just five children now caters to the educational needs of 350 Hearing Impaired Children. So far, 200 hearing impaired children have since been integrated into normal schools, colleges and universities. Additionally, 91 Hearing impaired children from outside Hyderabad benefit from available residential facilities provided by Ashray Akruti. Asha for Education Danbury is involved in sponsoring education at the day school program for 50 hearing impaired children as well as equipping the school with hearing aids for 50 hearing impaired children.
• To provide a comprehensive instructional program from Nursery through high school.
• To Provide Hearing evaluation and appropriate hearing aids
• To provide speech therapy and auditory training
• To provide counseling services to students and parents
• To encourage parental involvement and understanding of special education programs.
• To provide support and services for the students to enable them to access higher education.
Ashray Akruti is a registered non-profit, non-religious organization working in the area of hearing impairment since 1996. The organization strongly believes in the potential of persons with disability and envisions a society where people with disability lead a life of dignity as equal citizens with equitable access to opportunities and services.

Ashray Akruti believes in the dignity and potential of hearing impaired children. Our main effort is to integrate them into mainstream schools so that they can claim their rightful place as equal citizens in the future and in return contribute greatly to society. Instruction to these children are individualized, tailor made to suit their intellectual capacity and residual hearing powers. At the same time these children are given the skills to cope with the ‘mainstream’ world, they are trained academically to face the school and university qualifying exams.

Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in humans today. WHO estimates, 360 million persons in the world are with disabling hearing loss. Approximately 8 % (32mn) of total affected population are children, majority of them are in South Asia and in sub Saharan Africa. Hearing loss is a silent and debilitating disability which affects over 24 million children in India. It is estimated that two in every 1,000 children born in India are deaf. In Telangana/Andhra Pradesh the estimated figures are six out of every 1,000 children are born with profound deafness ,which is three times the national average and six times the global average. India has one of the highest deaf populations in the world with approximately 6% of the population suffering from some kind of hearing loss.

Recognizing the need to provide special educational facilities to children with hearing impairment,
the organization has been following several unique techniques in imparting special education to them, the main feature being that the children are encouraged to speak. The focus in doing this is to enhance the residual hearing power of the children thus encouraging the children to speak rather than rely on sign language for communication. The institution encourages participation of the mothers in effective development of their children. All staff members are well equipped to train hearing impaired children. Children are given special training in auditory and verbal skills and also impart training as per Andhra Pradesh State Syllabus. Additionally, the institution steadfastly maintains a low teacher-student ratio, which enables every child to get the individual attention.