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Mandira and her Grandmother

In the length and breadth of our work, we sometimes come across children whose parents aren’t involved actively in their deaf child’s well-being and education. This happens for a multitude of reasons. It could be because of the loss of hope that comes with the fact that their child is disabled, the lack of time […]

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Modes of Communication

Classification of methods of communication used by persons with hearing impairment: The auditory-verbal approach This is also known as the unisensory mode. The child develops “listening” and speech skills through the use of optimally functioning hearing aids, and auditory training i.e. lip reading is not encouraged. The use of signs is forbidden.  The deaf child […]

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Defeating Childhood Deafness

‘Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your child’ – these are probably reassuring words to a young mother worried about her baby’s apparent ‘different’ness but this is definitely not good advice. A mother always knows when something’s wrong and she should be encouraged to go with her instincts. VAANI works with families to highlight the […]

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The Story of Gulshan Bibi

A lot can happen in five years. This is the story of Gulshan Bibi from Mallikpur, a village 30km away from Kolkata. She is a mother of four children and lives in a large household with them, her husband, in-laws, two brothers-in-law, and their wives. Her husband and one of his brothers makes bags for a […]

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