|AURED-Aural Education for the Hearing Impaired|
|Project Strategy||To habilitate hearing-impaired children and integrate them into mainstream schools. Vibha sponsors a component of the Early Detection program in AURED. AURED uses Auditory Verbal Approach (AVA) that focuses on the child’s residual hearing, if any, to enable him/her to communicate effectively.|
|Organization||The AURED Charitable Trust|
|Project Coordinator||Shrikant Patel|
|Vibha Funded Component||Mainly salaries of coordinator, administrator and audiologists, cochlear implant and hearing aid accessories, nutrition for children and teaching aids.|
|Vibha Funding||$56917 (May 2006 - April 2010)|
|Beneficiary Age||Children 3-18 yrs|
|Beneficiary Socio-economic Background||Hearing impaired children. 80% of the children are from families below poverty line.|
|Cost per Beneficiary||$108.20|
|Address|| Bungalow No 9, Garden Homes,
1st Road, Khar West,
Mumbai, 400 052
|Project Liaison||Contact Vibha Project Lead|
Due to lack of early intervention, children with hearing impairments face lot of hurdles in getting mainstreamed to become valuable contributing members of the society. Most affected are the children from lower income groups, who cannot afford quality hearing aids and associated therapy.
95% of hearing impaired children have residual hearing and with early intervention and AVA, can learn to ‘listen and speak to become integrated contributing members of society.
AURED was started in 1986 in Mumbai by Ms. Aziza Tyabji. AURED is mainly involved in the habilitation of children with hearing impairment, through therapy sessions involving the AVA (approach). This broadly involves the following steps:
Vibha funds a component of the Early Intervention program in AURED Mumbai.
The program has grown from 6 children to 526 children since its inception. AURED now has centers in Delhi, Hyderabad and a satellite center in Kenya.