July 1, 2018
Early Intervention Program (EIP) for children with disabilities is a key area for us. The new academic year of EIP, 2018-19, started on June 4, 2018, with 158 students. From this academic year, we have planned to do the monthly assembly for preschool kids on every first working day of the month. Apart from the regular class sessions we are planning to conduct more awareness programs for parents, innovative methods of teaching and celebration of important/special days. Our weekend program started in the second week of June. Thirty (30) students are attending the sessions every Saturdays.
We also offer assessment and therapeutic programs for children with various neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Learning Disability. Currently, there are five unique programs that offer services in a lifecycle approach. The empowerment of the family is the soul of all our endeavors. Currently, we have enrolled 70 children of various ages into our programs. This year we are coming out with a parental workbook on Autism intervention, for ease of understanding, and also plan to start a higher education pilot program for students with Autism.
Our academic programs include degree programs for the hearing-impaired (Degree-HI) and UG/PG programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. We are gearing up for the admission process for the coming year. In Degree - HI, apart from the three undergraduate programs - Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Commerce - for the deaf, we are starting a 6 months program 'Professional in Graphic Design' which is an integrated course for the deaf and the hearing. The Diploma in Indian Sign Language and Interpretation, a one year diploma program, is being offered to those who wish to pursue a career as a professional interpreter.
Our New Initiatives department is planning the introduction of the skill development program for persons living with CP and Autism in collaboration with the Additional Skill Acquisition Program of Kerala (ASAP).
We also provide enriching opportunities to gain experience and credit at our institution and are glad to announce that we currently have three interns working with us who are all from different universities abroad. Additionally, we have volunteers working with NISH, including one volunteer who will be with us for three years. Recently nine students and two professors from the Purdue University, USA visited NISH and spent a week in the institution and part of their study abroad program.
Thank you for visiting!
Dr. KG Satheesh Kumar
Executive Director (in Charge)
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Diploma in Indian Sign Language Interpretation (DISLI) is a course recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and its main aim is to prepare skilled and efficient manpower to work effectively in the field of deaf education and rehabilitation.
The curriculum consists of theory and practical classes in sign language usage, cultural perspectives of the different approaches to deaf education, and interpreting concepts and issues. The candidates admitted to the course will be trained to have a professional communicative competence in sign language and ability to interpret at a professional level in verbal languages and vice versa.
Advanced sign language skills, perspectives of sign language usage, rules of interpreting, role and ethics of an interpreter etc are taught in this course and hence ability to understand and assimilate these principles are important to be successful in this course.
The graduates of DISLI course may work as interpreters in schools, colleges, institutes where the deaf population study and work and other places where interpreting services are required. This course will also help teachers of the deaf to effectively communicative with their students.
The total duration of the course is one year (220 days consisting of 1320 hours), which can be completed in a maximum of two years from the date of admission to the programme.
Physical Education for students (both hearing impaired and general) has great importance in the present day scenario. The physical, mental and social well-being is to a great extent determined by physical and sports-related activities. At NISH, students are trained to take part in intramurals, inter-collegiate, state, national and international competitions in athletics, football, cricket, shuttle badminton, basketball, table tennis and chess. Participation in sports develops co-ordination, attention, ethics and moral values.
The following facilities are available at NISH: Basketball court, Badminton court, Volley ball court, Table tennis and Chess.
This is a programme conducted by the department of Higher Education Foundation Programme. The Preparatory Programme started in July 2013 at NISH. NISH offers four-year degree programmes to deaf and hard of hearing students. The Preparatory programme is delivered in the first year. The programme prepares students after their higher secondary education to be active participants in learning, development and achievement as Degree students. While enrolled in the Preparatory Programme, students are trained so that higher education would be more effective for them.
The department houses a diverse group of active, resourceful and helpful faculty members who inspire their students to strive for excellence. They prepare the students in English, Mathematics and Indian Sign Language for one year and they enter their chosen streams in the second year, only if they pass the Preparatory Programme.
This programme enables the students to develop their reading and writing skills in English, skills in Mathematics, and trains them in Indian Sign Language for effective communication. The skills acquired will enable the students to access written material in English and thus broaden their intellectual and social horizons apart from enabling them to interact widely with people in the world at large. The programme has classroom and library work, language games and other ingeniously designed activities.
The students are given training in English Comprehension and English Grammar through an array of training programmes. The faculty members use different methods like activity based teaching, word games, module presentations, technology related training for improving writing skills in English through SMS, exercises using tablet etc.
The students are given training in problem solving, simple calculations etc. using the smart board in the classroom. They do exercises in the computer labs and using tablets.
Indian Sign Language
As the deaf and hard of hearing students use different local signs in their communication, a uniform sign language is being taught to make the communication much easier. An Indian Sign Language instructor teaches both the teaching staff and the students.