BIRTH OF THE INSTITUTE
According to WHO (World Health Organization) 11% of the total population is disabled, of which approximately 3.6% people are suffering from speech and hearing problems. But the services available for this special group of people is negligible and there is a scarcity of professionals.
As per the Rehabilitation Council of INDIA (RCI) there is a need for 4500 speech & Audiology professionals & 10,000 special educators (special teachers) in India. Moreover, there is a need for providing higher education to the deaf to have Socio-Economic equalization. This emerging need, in the field of Education & Rehabilitation for the children with differentially abled, forced us to start this Institute with the facility of Research & Rehabilitation by up grading the small school for the deaf to the level of university education within the span of 15 years.
This is the only institution providing education to the hearing impaired from pre-school to university education in Asian Countries.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
HELEN KELLERS’ INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH & REHABILITATION FOR THE DISABLED CHILDREN is a voluntary Organization committed for the cause of Education and Rehabilitation for the children with disability in Andhra Pradesh. The Organization is extending its services for the last 37 years. As a part of man power development services, this institute has started B. ASLP 4 years Rehabilitation professional course during the academic year 2002-03.
This course has been, approved by the State Government and Recognized by Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi. (A Statutory body under the ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.) and is also Affiliated to Osmania University, Hyderabad.
In order to produce Audiologists, cum Speech & Language Pathologists more in number as there is a huge demand in India as well as in USA, U.K, Canada, Australia and Gulf Countries.
The special teachers training course for the teachers of the deaf (i.e., B.Ed. Spl. Edn. (HI)) is also started during the academic year 2005-2006 to meet the demand of the special teachers for the deaf.
Since, this is two year Rehabilitation professional course, the RCI-New Delhi has accorded permission, and has been Affiliated to Osmania University, Hyderabad. Now a days, teachers in special education are having very much demand in foreign countries as well as in India.
In order to provide higher educational opportunity to the Hearing Impaired individuals in A.P & Telengana. This institute has made an experiment for 4 years and as a result, it has started B. Com (General & Computer) courses especially for the Hearing Impaired individuals during the academic year, 2005-2006.
This is the Second Degree College for the Hearing Impaired (Deaf) in the country as on today, offering Degree Course (regular) in India and First Degree college for the Hearing Handicapped (Deaf) in Telengana.
COLLABORATION / AFFILIATION WITH GO’S & N.G.O.’S
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Research & Development is a part of our regular job. The students of M. Sc (AUD) & M. Sc (SLP) are taking up regular research & development activity as a part of their curriculum and publish the outcomes periodically.
Apart from regular curriculum of M. Sc (AUD) & M. Sc (SLP) we do under take action research and experiential research in the field of Special Education, Speech & Language pathology, Audiology, Psychology and in other allied field of studies in collaboration with National / International GO’s & NGO’s.
Our staff and students are encouraged to participate and to present research papers in seminars, symposiums, workshops, organized by National & International agencies.