Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH ) celebrated its 30th annual day on 9th August, 2013. The premier institute is one of a kind and is doing yeoman's service for the hearing impaired in the field of rehabilitation of the handicapped in the country. It is the foremost organization that tackles the problems of hearing impairment and speech therapy in an institutional and organized manner in the country, in an area that is often neglected.
Established in 1983, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai is an autonomous institute working under the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
The institute has four regional centres at Kolkata, New Delhi, Secunderabad and Bhubaneshwar (Jalan). It also has two Composite Rehabilitation Centres at Bhopal and Ahmedabad. The National Institute along with the regional centres has set up an institutional framework to tackle the problems of testing, treaty and rehabilitating the lost of the hearing impaired by developing. Manpower development, research, clinical activities, information and documentation, outreach and extension services and material development which are the main objectives of the Institute.
Manpower development is one of the major activities of the Institute. Considering the need for trained professionals in the area, the Institute has started different training programmes in speech and hearing and special education affiliated to local universities and recognized by Rehabilitation Council of India. Programmes at the Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate and Doctoral level are conducted at Mumbai and its regional centres. Along with these long-term courses and Institute continuously provides short term training to the different target groups and allied professionals in the field of rehabilitation of the disabled. The Indian Sign Language Cell (ISLC) of the Institute runs three courses : Introductory Level, Intermediate Level and Professional Interpreter Level at AYJNIHH, Mumbai and its regional centres.
Research forms an integral part of the activities of the institute. The research projects of the AYJNIHH are primarily application-oriented and community-based. These are intended to increase and improve the rehabilitation services, and to reach out to a larger number of persons with hearing impairment.
The Institute also renders services to person with hearing-impairment both at institute and at the community level. An interdisciplinary team of audiologists, speech language pathologists, special educators, psychologists, social workers, ENI specialists, pediatricians and neurologists maintain a high standard of rehabilitation services. State-of-art technology is available for early identification and diagnosis of hearing impairment, early intervention, and speech and language rehabilitation.
Outreach and Extension Services
A professional team visits unserved areas to provide diagnostic, intervention and other rehabilitation services. A separate department has been set up at the institute to provide services to the unreached population of the country. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has allotted 42 districts to the Institute in the States / Union Territories of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli to conduct camps.
Information and Documentation
The Institute serves as a repository of all information pertaining to the area of disability specially hearing impairment. It maintains a library that is equipped with reading material including books, microfilms and audio-visual back volumes of journals. The computer centre disseminates information about individuals and organizations working for the disabled. The Institute ahs launched Disability Information Line (DIL), and IVRS based 24 hours telephonic service for persons with disabilities in the States of Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Kerala and Punjab telecom circles.
Creating awareness is one of the main objectives of the institute. In this regard the institute has developed material in various forms for awareness and training purposes.
In this span of time, many milestones have been crossed and several National and International Awards, won. AYJNIHH continues its pursuit of excellence in as it strives to improve the quality of life of persons with hearing impairment.
The writer is a Media Officer in AYJNIHH. PIB Feature/MH/14