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April 11, 2020

Sheeba George IASDear Reader,

Thank you for visiting our web site.

The whole world today is on a war against the novel Coronavirus. So it is not the time to detail our achievements and success stories. NISH is here to go hand in hand with the state and country to serve persons with a disability during this pandemic period.

In response to the efforts of the Government of Kerala to fight against the spread of COVID 19 and restrictions imposed due to the global outbreak, NISH has taken several proactive measures to manage and mitigate its impact on the people it serves, using the resources at our disposal. Break the chain campaign was implemented inside the campus and COVID awareness programs were conducted for staff, students, housekeeping staff, security personnel etc.

NISH, as one of the leading Institution for education and rehabilitation for the disabled population, is in the forefront providing all support possible to help them during this lockdown period, with the support of Government of Kerala and experts from NISH.    NISH provides a 24x7 helpline for the deaf and hard of hearing in all districts of Kerala to answer their concerns during this corona pandemic and lockdown period. Awareness videos in Indian Sign language are being prepared and will soon be published. Daily news with updates on the COVID 19 in sign language interpretation is posted every day in the NISH YouTube channel. Another 24x7 helpline is in service for the mental well- being of the deaf and hard of hearing by Dr Sheena G Soman, Consultant Psychiatrist, MHC, Peroorkada with sign language interpretation, to alleviate the mental health issues that might arise due to lockdown. Psychology team of NISH has been creating videos related to mental health, tips for reducing stress, anxiety etc with sign language interpretation and posting it on our FB page to keep its hearing-impaired students on high spirits.

In order to provide effective education during the pandemic and to utilize the lockdown period effectively, online classes are being arranged for academic programs through various online platforms such as Google Meet, Skype, Zoom, PowerPoint presentation with audio recordings of the lecture. Library facilities are also available to students and faculties by giving remote access to online resources, learning tools, academic platforms, plagiarism tool etc. following the norms. Special attention is being provided to the students of the Hearing Impaired department to cop up with the online classes with the help of their parents and caregivers.

Tele rehab sessions are being provided for possible clients. For clients with Autism Spectrum disorder, a manualized training program that can be implemented at home has been provided to most of the parents. Necessary steps will be taken to guide them through the processes online and to measure the outcome of the same.  Early Intervention program teachers are equipped to provide sessions through virtual/online mode.

Together, we can fight this pandemic. Let’s move forward with resolve and without stigma. Let’s overcome this common threat together. As we fight the virus, we cannot let the fear go viral. Let’s break the chain. Stay home, stay safe.

Thank you,

Sheeba George IAS

Executive Director 

 

Executive Director

National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH)
NISH Road, Sreekaryam P. O.,
Thiruvananthapuram 695 017
India

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