Raksha Vinay Deshpande
. India . joined July, 2022

Raksha Vinay Deshpande

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SYNOPSIS Specialization in all round development of Born Deaf Children of Age 0 to 6 years and integration of the children to normal school after gaining good Speech o Trustee of an NGO and Trustee of Medical Institution Moraya Hospital Chinchwad (From last 18 Years) o Director Education of an NGO in Pune- Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech (From last 18 years) o Secretary of N C E D (The National Convention of Educators of the Deaf) for West Region (From last 3 years) o Zonal Coordinator for West Zone by Rehabilitation Council of India EXPERIENCE SUMMARY o Specialization Early Detection & Intervention of Deaf Children o Counseling of Parents o Impart Speech training on one to one basis initially to every new child entering the organization o Preschool management & introduce new methods of teaching the children o Develop & implement new curriculum for the teachers in the organization to upgrade their knowledge & skill o Managing the day to day affairs of the Preschool including safe travel of the children from home to school & back o Organizing and conducting various activities for the benefit of the children o Planning & Coordinating with external agencies for smooth conduct of the programme o Interaction with support agencies under CSR for funding & implementation of the programmes o Organize & conduct Diploma Education programmes & Parent Training programme and close Liaoning with concerned Govt agencies for smooth conduct of examinations o As Director & Trustee of the organization attend various meetings & conferences EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS o Diploma in Deaf Education (Hearing Impaired) from VR Ruia College Pune o Sangeet Visharad in Music from Gandharv Vidyalaya Miraj o BA- Arts from Yashwantrao Chavan Open University Nasik o MA-Psychology Yashwantrao Chavan Open University Nasik 2 o PIP (Parent’s Infant Program) Course of one month at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) K.C. Marg, Bandra (W) Reclamation Mumbai o AVT (Audio Verbal Therapy) Training Course done. AREA OF EXPOSURE o Started with One Speech Therapy Center in Chinchwadgaon with 1 child One Teacher Concept – September 1998 o Then It got expanded with 4 Children and One Teacher – Year 1999 o To bring awareness amongst parents about deaf children, organized various camps and conducted survey at Baramati, Daopli, Chinchwad, Shivaji Nagar, Ichalkaranji between year 1999 to year 2002 o New Speech Therapy center started at Hinjewadi from Year 2002 to 2006 o Attended One Month Special Training Course for Speech Therapy Parent Children Education at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) K.C. Marg, Bandra (W) Reclamation Mumbai o Further Expansion of Speech Therapy Center at Chinchwadgaon with 8 Children– Year 2004 o Initiated New Innovative Project of Home to Home Training to make awareness amongst worker class at Hinjewadi every Wednesday and Thursday -Year 2003 to Year 2005 o New Speech Therapy Center started at Ahmednagar every Tuesday and Saturday – Year 2005~2006 o New Speech Therapy Center started at Pawarwasti, Chinchwad – Year 2006 o Presented Research Paper at Chennai during NECD’s Annual Conference – Year 2006 o Conducted 3 days’ workshop at Mumbai on Audio Visual Therapy at Mumbai – Year 2007 o Started Teacher’s training program to create Qualified Teachers for Speech Therapy – year 2008 o Started Conducting lectures of Psychology for DTY and DHLS Courses run by Cochlea Pune - Year 2008 o With Increasing in Demand for Speech Therapy, started Pre-School for the age group of 0- 6 years called Swaranad as an Education Director – Year 2009 o Presented Paper on Deaf Children- Early Intervention at NCED’s Annual Conference at Meghalaya – Year 2007 o Presented Paper on Parent’s Training on Early Intervention of Deaf Children at NCED’s Annual Conference at Nagpur – Year 2008 o 1 st achievement from Chinchwad’s Speech Therapy center by integrating 21 children to Normal School at 1st standard – Year 2009 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at Khed- Rajgurunagar – Year 2011 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at YCM-Pimpri Pune – Year 2012 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at Manchar – Year 2014 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at Goa (Parvari and Fonda) – Year 2014 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at Velha – Year 2016 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at Dapoli– Year 2017 o Started new Speech Therapy Center at Bhor and Naryangaon – Year 2018 o Taken additional responsibility of managing all 11 Speech Therapy centers right from 1st one started at 1998. o Doing multitasking roles by applying all Management Skills to take care of 100 to 110 Children at Center and 225 Children from Swaranad School including 37 teachers. o Very much actively involved in managing DTY and DHLS courses run by Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech o Additional task which are being taken care are Managing CSR Activities, Support in Fund Raising, Yearly/Quarterly Reports about CSR Fund and Finance Management, Visiting Different Companies for raising fund to run NGO Etc. o To keep all Teacher’s Knowledge updated, conducting test on quarterly basis on Phycology o Monthly Meeting with Parents to impart knowledge n Early Intervention of Deaf Children and giving them confidence with proven examples 3 o Management of Swaranad School by performing tasks like resolving administration issues, Maintaining School buses, Resolving Bus Driver’s issues, Regular Teacher’s meeting o Counseling of Children graduated from Swaranad Pre-School and getting integrated into main School o Managing different Academic and Cultural Programs through out the year at Swarand PreSchool and at All 11 Speech Therapy Centers. o Being continuously invited by various Institutes for Lectures on Development of Language and Speech o PIP Programme curriculum designed and provided for Kolhapur and Aurangabad Training Institutes CAREER HIGHLIGHTS o 1st Woman trustee of Ashwin Medical Foundation, Moraya Hospital, Chinchwadgaon, Pune. o Selected as Zonal Coordinator for West Zone by Rehabilitation Counsel of India o Got an opportunity to Present Paper on “Multi-Disciplinary Approach for Deaf Child in Rural Area “at World Disability Rehabilitation Conference (International Level) o at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan) K.C. Marg, Bandra (W) Reclamation Mumbai appointed myself as the Inspection Officer for Deaf Schools located within Maharashtra o Received following awards 2006 -Best Paper and Best Innovative paper award at National Conference for teachers of the deaf. 2006 -Yuva Garav Puraskar from Chinchwad Municipal Corporation 2007 - Best teacher award- Rotary Club of Pune, Shivaji Nagar Branch 2013 -Lokmat Sakhi Sanmaan Puraskar by Lokamat 2015- Ranwara Puraskar in the year 2016-Chentana Puraskar for Publication of Book “Yes Every Deaf Child Will Speak

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    • City :
    • Pune

    • State :
    • Maharashtra

    • Category :
    • Social Activist

    • Email ID:
    • deshpande.vinay35@gmail.com

    • Profession:
    • Running NGO for Newly Born Deaf Children from last 28 Years

    • Education
    • MA Psychology

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Project Details

 We have also taken new Project where Mother and Child will be living together as a Residetial PreSchool. Many of these are not able to afford to live in Pune hence this unique and only school in India . This will be opertaional from August 2022.Pirangut Residential School Project for
Hearing Impaired Children

·       Introduction
 
·       Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech (Cochlea Pune) is a NGO working for the rehabilitation of congenital deaf children
·       Age group of 0 to 6 years through early detection and intervention.
·       Statistics – 4 Babies out of Thousand normal deliveries are born deaf.
·       Every year approximately 60,000 Deaf babies are born All Over India and in and around Pune is about 700
·       It’s hidden disability.
·       They are Physically and intellectually normal. But forced to live disabled life through their life span if not intervene early.
 
·       Statistics of literacy rate of hearing impaired population out of 1000:
·       Number of uneducated/illiterate- 644
·       With primary education   -             70
·       With Secondary school education- 30
·       With Higher Secondary education-13
·       Up to Graduation-                           07
 
·       Beginning & Growth Story
·       In the year 1998, Cochlea Pune was started by Dr. Avinash Wachasundar an ENT surgeon from the B.J. Medical College, Pune and Mrs. Raksha Deshpande a Master in Arts (Psychology) and a Diploma in Deaf Education, with one teacher and one Student.
·       In the year 2000, it was registered with the Office of the Charity Commissioner, Pune.
·       Currently, we have one Pre-School with 104 children, 10 Rural Centres with 100 children who regularly take speech and language training and 40 RCI qualified teachers.
·       Every year approximately 15 to 20 children acquired Speech and Language hence getting admitted to Normal School in 1st standard.
 
·       Vision of Cochlea Pune
·       Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech aspires to be a premier leader in rehabilitating hearing impaired children
·       Focus is on enabling them improve their auditory verbal skills so that they can educate themselves properly and reach their full potential
·       This is very much unique and one of its kind of Organisation in Maharashtra
·       Our Goal is to establish centres in every district of Maharashtra, so that every hearing impaired child can be integrated to Normal School
·       Our motto “Yes! Every Deaf Child Will Speak”.
 
 
·       Current Situation
·       As the facilities rendered by us are not available in remote villages in Maharashtra.
·       Many people living in villages are aware of the facilities available with us but not able to take the benefit
·       Main reason is they can’t come and stay in Pune for long time because of family reason/financial reasons
·       Hence, many congenital hearing impaired children are deprived of rehabilitation and lives a life of a Divyang person life long and become a burden to the family, society and the nation.   
·       Mission of Pirangut “A unique Project”
·       Cochlea Pune decided to help maximum number of hearing impaired children and to overcome the challenge of lodging and boarding facilities.
·       Started building Residential rehabilitation centre at Urawade village, in Mulshi Taluka of Pune.
·       Mothers of the Hearing Impaired children will not be left idle because they will be given Speech and Language training at this centre.
·        As a result, they would be able to join our school and become a teacher.
 
 
Outcomes from Pirangut Project
 
·       Our current goal is to arrange hostel facility that would fulfil all the necessary demands for about 25 children along with their mothers.
·       Students hailing from nearby villages can receive this preschool facility at daytime during weekdays.
·       Mothers of the children would be trained to teach hearing impaired children and empowered to financial support to the family.
·       When they will go back, they will start a centre in their respective villages/towns.
·       The hearing impaired children would be made ready to integrate to normal schools and consequently lead a normal life.
·       Trained special educators will facilitate the child with all possible and relevant education plan.
 
Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech

 

An NGO Working for

Congenital Hearing-impaired Children & their Rehabilitation

 

 

1.   PROFILE OF THE ORGANISATION

Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech was established in the year 1998. The organisation is working for the all-round development of young born deaf children through following programmes

 

1.     Early Detection & Intervention

2.     Parent Infant Programme

3.     Preschool training

4.     Workshops for Parents & Special Teachers.

 

The institution imparts Speech training on confirmation of amount of hearing loss through various Audiological assessments and introduces to sound on fitment appropriate hearing aid. The children are trained for integration to normal school on attaining fair amount of Speech thereby paving a way for a better future otherwise the child would have grown up as a handicapped child, a burden to the family, society and self as no good sources of enhancing the life style are available due to lack of Speech, Language and expression. For this purpose the institution runs 10 centers in Pune district.

 

Majority of the children who are on the rolls of the institution are from economically weaker section and they need financial as well as moral support for the fitment of a suitable hearing aid and other peripherals connected with the ear. The institution has plans to start such centers at every taluka place of Pune dist. and then to other parts of Maharashtra state.

 

The Institution has successfully integrated 200 students to the normal school till the date. 129 Mothers are trained through parent training programme. And some of them have completed DECSE course in special education and become special educators. Out of 36 teachers of Cochlea, 20 teachers are mothers of hearing-impaired children.

Organisation also runs the DECSE (Diploma in Early childhood Special Education) training programme, recognized by Rehabilitation Council of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Govt. of India)

 

Mission:  Rehabilitation and upliftment of hearing-impaired children.

 

Vision of Cochlea Pune • ‘’Yes! Every Deaf child will Speak’’

 

 

 

2.   PROJECT DETAIL

After detection and intervention children with this inability, children need to be groomed for integration to normal school for the formal education in line with normal children. For this the children are taught and made to learn the basics of elementary school like learning alphabets numbers to writing sentences, adding to division in simple mathematics. The children also learn to read and recite along with development of Speech which is the most important in life for better communication with the society members. Continuous rehabilitation education training is given to teachers for upgrading their skills on regular basis. Mothers training program is also conducted for capacity building of mothers to support their children.

Capacity building of the overall Cochlea organization is taking place under the project in terms of fund raising, and MIS software updation. The organization has received ISO certification last year with the help of Concern India Foundation.

Awareness program and detection camps are major in mobilizing and reaching out to the differently able (hearing impaired children).

Previous year the project was run online due to COVID 19 pandemic. Currently 150 children are getting speech therapies and preschool education from 10 different centers of Cochlea. Every year 10-15 children get integrated to mainstream education and 40-50 new students get admitted through various centers. In this academic year if situation of pandemic does not resolve the school classes will be online in terms of one to one online therapy sessions.

 

Goal:

·       Early detection of children with differently able (hearing impairment) who with training can be integrated into normal schools

·       Preparing differently able (hearing impaired) children to be integrated into normal school by achieving language and speech

 

3.   Project objectives –

3.       Create Awareness in society at large about the problem and rehabilitation of Hearing impaired children.

4.       Conduct parent infant programme and Provide one to one speech therapies to hearing impaired children from 0 to 3 years of age.

5.       Provide preschool education to hearing impaired children from 3 to 6 years of age

6.       Parent’s empowerment through counselling & various training programmes.

7.       To create special educators for the rehabilitation of HI children.

8.       To create more of such rehabilitation centers as almost 95% HI Children are awaiting in Pune district.

9.       Build capacity of the organization towards sustainability.

 

 

 JUSTIFICATION FOR PROJECT COMPONENT

Mission of Pirangut Project

 Cochlea Pune has now decided to expand its horizons by reaching out to max. no. of  HI children from rural areas, by providing residential schooling facilities and thus overcoming the main challenges of travelling and staying in Pune

Justification

       Pirangut Residential School for Hearing Impaired Children.

 is a need HI children as in  Pune city around 1440  children’s are awaiting for pre Schooling.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

The main aim of this project is to use successfully 4 - 6 years’ of crucial time span for these children in their lingual development by giving them a language- rich environment. This will enhance their overall development and well a motor skills. 

 

The construction of a residential rehabilitation centre at Urawade village in Mulshi taluka of Pune is taking shape.

 

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

 

Objective

·       To do complete children friendly Pirangut Residential School for Hearing Impaired Children

·       To provide schooling facilities to hearing impaired children with their mothers, apart from regular and rigorous speech and language training.

·       Mothers of these hearing-impaired children will be given speech & language training at the centre.

·       Help mothers to start speech & language training rehabilitation centre at different places to help hearing impaired children in the remote areas.

 

Strategies &ACTIVITIES

• This residential rehabilitation centre will provide schooling facilities to HI children with their mothers with regular and rigorous speech and language training.

• Mothers of these HI children will be given speech & language training at the centre.

• So that mothers will start speech & language training rehabilitation centre at different places to help HI children in the remote areas.

Our current goal is to arrange residential schooling facility that would fulfil all the

necessary demands of Hearing-Impaired children and their mothers.

The hearing-impaired children would be made ready to be integrated into normal schools and consequently lead a normal life.

 Students hailing from nearby villages can receive this preschool facility. Audio logical tests of children from the nearby villages will be conducted by our audiologists at the centre. Mothers of the children would be trained to teach hearing impaired children and empowered to financially support the family.

 

 

   

Achievements

Cochlea Pune for Hearing and Speech was established in the year 1998. The organisation is working for the all-round development of young born deaf children through following programmes
 
1.     Early Detection & Intervention
2.     Parent Infant Programme
3.     Preschool training
4.     Workshops for Parents & Special Teachers.
 
The institution imparts Speech training on confirmation of amount of hearing loss through various Audiological assessments and introduces to sound on fitment appropriate hearing aid. The children are trained for integration to normal school on attaining fair amount of Speech thereby paving a way for a better future otherwise the child would have grown up as a handicapped child, a burden to the family, society and self as no good sources of enhancing the life style are available due to lack of Speech, Language and expression. For this purpose the institution runs 10 centers in Pune district.
 
Majority of the children who are on the rolls of the institution are from economically weaker section and they need financial as well as moral support for the fitment of a suitable hearing aid and other peripherals connected with the ear. The institution has plans to start such centers at every taluka place of Pune dist. and then to other parts of Maharashtra state.
 
Organisation also runs the DECSE (Diploma in Early childhood Special Education) training programme, recognized by Rehabilitation Council of India (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Govt. of India)
 
After detection and intervention children with this inability, children need to be groomed for integration to normal school for the formal education in line with normal children. For this the children are taught and made to learn the basics of elementary school like learning alphabets numbers to writing sentences, adding to division in simple mathematics. The children also learn to read and recite along with development of Speech which is the most important in life for better communication with the society members. Continuous rehabilitation education training is given to teachers for upgrading their skills on regular basis. Mothers training program is also conducted for capacity building of mothers to support their children.

Capacity building of the overall Cochlea organization is taking place under the project in terms of fund raising, and MIS software updation. The organization has received ISO certification last year with the help of Concern India Foundation.

Awareness program and detection camps are major in mobilizing and reaching out to the differently able (hearing impaired children).

Previous year the project was run online due to COVID 19 pandemic. Currently 150 children are getting speech therapies and preschool education from 10 different centers of Cochlea. Every year 10-15 children get integrated to mainstream education and 40-50 new students get admitted through various centers. In this academic year if situation of pandemic does not resolve the school classes will be online in terms of one to one online therapy sessions.

 
 

Complete Business Details

Cochlea Pune & “SWARANAAD” - Pre School for Young Born Deaf Children, An NGO Dedicated To The All Round Development of Young Born Deaf Children It is an Umbrella organization working for the benefit of Hearing Impaired persons. Screening, investigations, counseling, hearing aids, surgery, speech training, teachers’ training , parents’ training and pre-school upto the age of 6 years - all these activities are carried out under one roof. The only pre-school for hearing impaired children in Maharashtra. Teacher to Student ratio is 2:5 This pre-school is like any other kindergarten. The curriculum is planned in such a way that it fulfills the need for development of children in all fields. Trust Cochlea Pune for Hearing & Speech is established in August 1998 and working for the all round development of young born deaf children of age 0 to 6 years through following programs What we do - The institution imparts Speech training on confirmation of amount hearing loss through various Audiological assessments and introduces to sound on fitment appropriate hearing aid. - The children are trained for integration to normal school on attaining fair amount of Speech thereby paving a way for a better future otherwise the child would have grown up as a handicapped child a burden to the family, society and self as no good sources of enhancing the life style are available due to lack of Speech, Language and expression. All the new born babies should undergo a screening test before they leave the maternity center to confirm that the child has no inborn handicap at birth which is by default in most of the countries except few Afro Asian and undeveloped countries. On detection of Deafness the child should be fitted with a suitable hearing aid appropriate to the loss of hearing assessed. On fitment of hearing aid the child should be given introduction to sound which it has never heard The child to undergo hearing training in front of mother or any other available parent Once the child starts recognizing the sound it should be introduced to Speech On attaining Speech the child has to undergo development of Language at the Preschool for its all round development On attiring fairly good Speech & Language by the age of 6 years the child will be integrated to a normal school for future development & formal education 25 years of Journey Since 1998, Cochlea Pune, a registered charitable trust, is working in the field of Rehabilitation of Hearing Impaired members of our society. The focus of Cochlea is on born deaf children. The journey started with 1 child & 1 teacher. Today 50 teachers teach 250 children at 7 centers and One Pre-School  

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