One of the primary needs of children with hearing impairment (CWHI) is that of ongoing assessment. Educational assessment basically involves finding out current functioning of the child or youth in terms of development, language learning skills, school subject knowledge and ruling out associated problems. Such assessment is undertaken by the department of education using standard tools, adapted tools, self devised tools or informal assessment techniques. Any child/youth registered at AYJNISHD can avail this facility.
The outcome of the assessment is used for the following purposes:
Catch them Young' is the crux of success in the education and overall rehabilitation of the children with hearing impairment. It is well accepted that language input given during the critical period of language development (i.e 0–5 years) helps the child in its proper and speedy acquisition of language. Language forms the base on which the educational base is built upon. The early years i.e. the preschool period is crucial for building a sound foundation and is important.
The Department of Education therefore runs a preschool programme for the children with hearing impairment in the age group of 3 to 5 years.
The preschool focuses on preparing the children with hearing impairment for integrated education through the following:
The children are also taught through the ‘Auditory Verbal Therapy’ (AVT) individually. Cochlear Implant Children are also provided intervention. Support services are also provided for integrated children.
The preschool education is provided free of cost. The medium of instruction is English, Hindi and Marathi. The classes are conducted in various groups, daily at preschool, 'D' wing, 2nd floor.
Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) is a Special Accredited Institution for Education of the Disadvantaged (SAIED), of the National Institute of Open Schooling.
NIOS, formerly known as National Open School, provides opportunities for continuing education to those who have missed the opportunities to complete school and developmental education through courses and programmes of general, life enrichment and vocational education from primary to pre–degree level.
AYJNISHD act as a study centre for NIOS, specially for the continuing education of the Hearing Impaired. Open Basic Education is provided free of cost. For secondary course too AYJNISHD provides free of cost education except registration fees and Exam fees of NIOS conducting the following courses since January, 2001.
Contact programmes are conducted every Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Department of Education, 2nd Floor, AYJNISHD, Mumbai.