VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH9Assistive Technology Centre at NISHNISH has partnered with the Federal Bank to set up an Assistive Technology (AT)Centre for enhancing higher education possibilities for people with disabilities. NISHExecutive Director Dr Samuel N. Mathew and Federal Bank Managing Director andCEO Mr Shyam Srinivasan signed an MoU on July 1, 2015 and a cheque of Rs. 2crore was handed over to the Chief Minister as initial funding.Award for ExcellenceNISH has been awarded II Rank under category 1 for the best plan implementationby the State Planning Board. The award ceremony was held at hotel Mascoton 13th July 2015.Dr Samuel N. Mathew, Ms Vidhya Vinod & Dr Anne Varghese receiving the award sum ofRs 3 Lakhs & Citation from Hon. Minister for Finance, Mr K.M. Mani in the presence of theChief Minister and other ministers.Congratulations to the Winners!!!Four final year B Sc students and threeformer students of NISH were selectedin the campus recruitment drive conductedat NISH by UST- Global, Tecnopark,Trivandrum.Aneesh KukkuMohammedShameemSajeesh O.Jismon Raju Abyson Zachariah Liya John Rinu JacobA team from Ministry of Social Justice, Shri. Luv Varma, IAS, Secretary, Shri. AwanishAwasthi, IAS, Jt. Secretary, Mr KVS Rao, Director and Dr Sudesh Mukhopadhyay, ChairpersonRehabilitation Council of India visited NISH on April 10, 2015 to have meetings withgovernment officials.

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH7 89State Painters’ CampKerala Lalithakala Akademi, Thrissur organised a camp at NISH from May 12th toMay 15th 2015. Ten artists and ten BFA (HI) students of NISH participated in theprogramme.‘Expressions of Mind’, the DegreeShow of final year Fine Arts students ofNISH held at VJT Hall from 31st Mayto 3rd June 2015 was inaugurated byrenowned cinematographer Shri. K. G.Jayan. The Degree show held at NISH on 5th and 6th June was inaugurated bythe Regional Director of L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy Ms Beena Paul.‘Pravesanolsavam’in Early InterventionCentre.The preschool children ofNISH Early InterventionDepartment, got a warmwelcome from the teacherson June 1st. Sweets andballoons were distributedfor the children.

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH9Autism AwarenessThe students of NISH organised a monthly assembly on April 7, the Autism AwarenessDay. Many students & staff wore blue colour dress to exhibit their awarenesstowards Autism.Dr R. Savithri, Director of AIISH, Mysore and the Registrar visited NISH onJune 20th and had a session for the faculty members.Understanding the Rhythm of NISH.Pediatricians from Lords hospital visited NISH on 5th June 2015 to gain an understandingof the functioning of NISH. They observed the clinics and therapy unitswhich will help them to refer children to NISH.One Month In-service Training for VHSE TeachersNISH organised one month in-service training program in May, 2015 for eight VocationalHigher Secondary School teachers in Kerala. Teachers were given opportunityto observe lecture classes, lab sessions, ISL Training session etc.New Website CollectionDevelopment Policy forthe LibraryMs Sybil Boone Ms Sessie Burns Ms Jharina PascualMs Sybil Boone, Ms Sessie Burns and Ms Jharina Pascual from the University ofMichigan, School of Information’s Global Information Engagement Program made anew website collection development policy for the library and also started an advocacyproject for people with disability in sports.

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH9Colours of MentoringNISH and UCLAN Shake Hands for the Deaf Literacy ProjectNISH former student Mr Kannan working with Wipro and Ms Shirly G., Head NewInitiatives, NISH spoke about the use of UST – Global Mentoring at NISH since2011, when they took part in the ‘UST Meet and Greet CSK’ conducted at Bangaloreto felicitate the Chennai Super Kings IPL team.NISH in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is conductinga Deaf Literacy Project from June 2015 to April 2016. The agreement has beenexecuted by Dr Samuel N. Mathew & the Principal Investigator of Deaf LiteracyProject, Dr Ulrike Zeshan.Visit by TCS TeamSoftware development Engineers and managers from TCS, Mumbai visited NISHfrom May 27 to May 29, 2015. They are planning to develop assistive technology anddigital archive for the persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.New Faces in the NISH FamilyMs Soja OliverAdministrative OfficerMs Bini MaheshAdministrative Asst.Ms SouparnikaFaculty member, HEFPMs Anu MukundFaculty member, HEFPMs Nisha M.V.Faculty member, HEFPMr Sukesh ChandranFaculty member, B ComMs Bhavana U.B.Faculty member, B Com

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH9NISH PACE SETTER April 2015NISH Pace Setter programrecognizes the staff who didsomething beyond their call ofduty and thus set a positive examplefor others to follow. Thisprogram is just to say, “You seta good example. We saluteyou”.Ms Vidhya VinodLab AssistantMs Vidhya Vinod made significant contributionto the success of the first batch ofthe Certificate Programme recently startedat NISH specifically aimed at thosewho couldn’t pass the remedial program.Vidhya solely handled the lab sessionsand taught each student individually andmade sure that each student acquired thetargeted skill.Junior VolunteersMs Shirly G.Head, New InitiativesMay 2015Shirly G. has been instrumental in setting up and executing an in-servicetraining program for the VHSE teachers . This was the first timethat teachers from State schools came to NISH for such an extensiveexposure to deaf education. They were systematically taken throughdifferent modules at the end of which they were all praise for the program.Shirly organized a training program for 4 TCS engineers whovisited us to get an exposure on deafness and disability in general. Shealso organized a one day quick exposure training for SCERT teachersdesigning state curriculum for deaf students.July 2015Four students - Anjali, Aparna & Uthara from Trivandrum International School &Anusha from St Thomas School - volunteered to assist the BFA students to preparefor their annual Degree Show 2015.The Degree (HI) admission process this year was ledby Prasanth and it is a model for everybody. He wentinto the finer details of organizing the events, leavingno loose ends. Because of the smart planning, therewas a well-oiled mechanism that came into action andeverything went smoothly.Mr Prasanth R.L.Faculty, Degree (HI)Ms Manju S.,Faculty member,ASLP, handlinga session at theCochlear ImplantReview Campconducted on25th May 2015 atNISH.A motivational talk by George Ebenezer Vincent, a recognized personality in thefield of human engineering and development is taking sessions for NISH studentson 29 July, 2015.

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH9Being One with NatureNISH students celebrating the World Environment Day on June 5th, 2015 by plantingsaplings in the campus.Ms Anju V.J. Psychologist, NISH handling a session during the awareness program on‘Age Apropriate Adaptive Skills’ orgnized by Parents Support Group at NISH.MED*ELNISH became the venue for a three day training program for the audiologists andAVT therapists by the Cochlear Implant company MED*EL from June 5th to 7th.Mr Nirmal Sugathan, Speech Language Pathologist,NISH giving awaress aboutstuttering during a Parental Awareness program conducted at NISH on 7th May 2015.

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISH9Sparsh 2015The summer camp for the weekend students of NISH at Cheruthoni, Idukkifrom April 7th to 9th was a venue for infotainment. Ten teachers and seventeenchildren with their parents participated in the camp.Dr Samuel N. Mathew inaugurating the new basket ball court in the campus.Massive Open Online Course on Indian Sign LanguageIntegrated Karate and Yoga Class for NISH StudentsThe first year BASLP students and the HI students started practicing Karate andYoga on August 1st, 2015. There will be integrated sessions for the students onall Saturdays.The project titled Massive OpenOnline Course on Indian SignLanguage, aimimg to develop aplatform and a MOOC that willbenefit deaf students, educatorsand people who are interested inSign language has been startedwith the State Initiative on Disabilities(SID) as funding agency.Ms. Silvy Maxi Mena, Incharge - HEFP and Ms Kripa Gladys Mena from ShanthiniketanSchool ( volunteer ) training the students.

VIBRATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF NISHFlying to New HorizonsThe Farewell function ofFAST Program of Departmentof Autism Spectrumand Related Disorderswas conducted at NISHon 22nd July 2015. Fourstudents went throughthe programme successfully.Cleaning the NISH CampusThe first year students of both BASLP and HEFP joined togetherto clean NISH campus as part of the Students Club Activities inthe Induction Programme for the new comers. The programme wascoordinated by Ms Raji N.R., Incharge, B Sc (CS) and Mr PrasanthR.L., Faculty member, HEFP.Music Brings Minds TogetherThe HEFP and the BASLP first yearstudents took part in the integrated‘Singing and Signing’ of patrioticsongs. Ms Silvy Maxi Mena coordinatesthe programme.NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SPEECH & HEARING, SREEKARYAM P O, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA , email : ++91-471-306-6666“Empower toEnrich, Include toIntegrate”Winners of ‘Ready to Tech’ quiz conducted by B.Sc (CS)(HI) 5thsemester students. From left : Shaheem & Anju P.K (I prize), MuhammadRahees & Anjali Jose (II prize).Editorial team: Ms Silvy Maxi Mena, Ms Sapna K., Ms Swapna P

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