July 1, 2017
I warmly welcome you to our web home!
NISH was established to address speech and hearing disorders in the State of Kerala in 1997. So this is a land mark year for us as we complete 20 years. For the major part of our history we were focusing on audiology and speech related services – early intervention, higher education, clinical services. However, in recent years from 2011 onwards, we have been increasingly serving individuals with other disabilities also. We also offer associated services such as psychological counseling, behavioral intervention, parental counseling, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Frequently we offer workshops, seminars and interactive sessions for parents and professionals who serve people with specific disabilities.
In addition to the Audiology and Speech Language Pathology departments, we have started a department for Neuro-developmental Sciences department that focuses on individuals in the Autism Spectrum. Earlier we had an ASD intervention clinic and we were offering AAC services as well as behavioral intervention for children with ASD. We are going forward to design professional preparation courses as well as higher education for individuals with ASD. This is a part of our strategic expansion plans to serve people with disabilities across the country.
Also we were able to start a 1-year diploma in Indian Sign Language Interpretation in 2016 – 17. We hope to start a training for teachers who want to teach ISL subject to clearance from RCI.
Several faculty members are already engaged in a variety of research projects both in the educational and clinical interventional aspects of people with disabilities. This is an area we want to further develop and partner with other like-minded institutions around the world. We believe in collaborative work and we welcome organizations with a passion and focus on quality work in the areas of disabilities and rehabilitation.
Classes for the diploma, degree and post graduate degree programs will start on July 17 this year and our campus will be humming with activities again. Different courses have different admission process and I am thankful for my colleagues who put in great efforts to complete the entrance examinations and other procedural steps. Without doubt, our team is our strength. Everyday, the dedication and commitment of my colleagues gives me inspiration to move forward with confidence.
I encourage you to explore ways in which you can be a part of NISH's vision to provide services for PwD across India – early intervention programs, professional preparation and higher education for individuals with disabilities.
Thanks for visiting!
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