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NISH’s Expo to Mark Day of Persons with Disabilities Begins

In Trivandrum
December 03, 2019

The three-day awareness programme and exhibition, organised by the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) in connection with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, commenced here on Monday.

Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K Sreekumar inaugurated the programme, ‘Swastik’, packed with awareness sessions and cultural programmes, at Mahatma Ayyankali Hall. The theme of the event is “From Limitations to Endless Possibilities.”

Speaking on the occasion, Sreekumar said Kerala has made good progress in creating opportunities for the differently-abled persons. “Kerala holds the first place in the speech development activity. We can reach the public effectively through these kinds of awareness programmes,” the Mayor said.

Sivadath, Corporation Councilor, Kulathoor Ward, presided over the function. Aisha Baker, Corporation Councilor, Palayam; and Jalaja. S, Assistant Director, Social Justice Department spoke. Awareness programmes and exhibitions were held in the 15 stalls put up at Mahatma Ayyankali Hall from 11 am to 8 pm.

The Audiology Department of NISH has arranged three stalls for hearing test, besides providing information on protecting hearing power. The stalls display an array of hearing aids and related devices. According to Prof. Soumya, Associate Professor, Audiology Department, NISH, increased use of headset, earphones and noise of traffic commotion seriously affect the hearing power.

Lleran Lab, which is meant for finding learning about disability, and Sign Language corner are the other important stalls at the expo. Information regarding the courses being conducted for the public in sign language is also available at the stall. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3 to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities and celebrate their achievements and contributions.