October 1, 2017
Welcome to our web-home!.
On October 8, 2017 we complete 20 years of operation. Certainly a milestone. As we look back, it has been a great journey. We have been blessed to have great staff, well wishers from all walks of life, and good support from Government. "Team NISH" makes up who we are. A bunch of people who looks at their work at NISH as a mission rather than a job. NISH has a diverse campus at Akkulam, Trivandrum - we have a population ranging from pre-school children to post graduate students. Parents who sit through intervention sessions are a regular sight in some of our class rooms. Senior citizens are a common sight in our clinics for testing and hearing aid programming. Children with multiple disabilities attend our autism intervention clinics as well as speech therapy clinics on a continuing basis. We have deaf and hard of hearing students as well as hearing students at the University level. Yes, it is a vibrant campus! Over the years we have been getting bigger and bigger. Having started with 3 pre-school students, it is good to have about 180 pre-school children in our early intervention program for the deaf and about 70+ in our Autism Spectrum group. Also we have about 300 students in our post-secondary academic programs.
We offer multiple services on our campus – auditory testing, speech assessment, speech therapy, psychological assessment, counselling, behavioural intervention, physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, ENT consultation, parental awareness counselling, early intervention programs for hearing impaired children, autism intervention clinics for children, AVT program for cochlear implantees, a short correspondence program for parents, short term training for rehabilitation professionals and ear mould fabrication. We have online seminars regularly for the public especially parents in remote places. Also last year we started an "Inspiring Stories" series for the Public – a 1 hour lecture in our Marigold Auditorium that showcase the success stories of people who have overcome disabilities.
Our education and research programs are varied too. We have degree programs exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students and also professional preparation programs for audiology and speech therapy. A one-year diploma level training is offered for teachers who want to teach young hearing impaired children. We have added a Diploma in Indian Sign Language Interpreting and we plan to start a teacher training program for ISL. We have teams conducting research studies on diverse topics in deaf education, audiology, speech and neurodevelopmental disorders.
These are our activities in a nutshell. Would you like to know more about us? Please feel free to contact me directly via email or phone or any of our staff. Please visit us on campus. Be a part of our journey to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in India.
Hope you will find time to return to visit us!
SAMUEL N MATHEW Ph.D.
National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH)
Aakkulam, Sreekaryam P. O.,
Thiruvanantha puram 695 017
General: +91-471-3066666 / 2596919