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Aural Education for the Hearing Impaired (AURED)
Registration No: E13546/BOM
"Rakesh was one of the first students to work with Ms. Hydari. In addition to being profoundly deaf, he suffered from several other medical problems, as well.  Over time, he began to develop his hearing with the use of a Hearing Aid and therapy.  While struggling to overcome his deafness, he underwent several surgeries to also treat his other medical issues.  He persevered and his efforts showed.

Today, he is able to speak on the telephone, drive a car, and maintain employment.  He can often be seen at the Aured centre, visiting his long time teacher and inspiring the current children and their parents.

Rakesh started life surrounded by silence. Through his efforts, those of his family, and the guidance of Aured's therapists, he is able to enjoy the wonders of the hearing world."

Vision: To provide therapies allowing hearing impaired children to function as hearing individuals.

Mission: To integrate hearing impaired children to become independent, participating, contributing citizens in mainstream society using Auditory Verbal Therapy and family participation.
About us: Aured works to integrate hearing impaired children to become independent, participating, contributing citizens in mainstream society. This is done using a very specialized method called Auditory Verbal Approach, which teaches a child to listen and speak by making use of every bit of hearing it may have. The basic idea is to equip these children to function in a hearing world as normally as possible.

95% of severely to profoundly deaf people have a degree of residual hearing.  With this in mind, AVA emphasizes the development of hearing and speaking skills and the steady use of appropriate hearing aids/ cochlear implants to help children develop confidence in their ability to rely on their residual hearing and to integrate themselves into a hearing world.  Typical hearing aids as well as cochlear implants aid the children.  A cochlear implant is an electronic device designed to help severely to profoundly deaf individuals who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids.  It consists of two main parts: an internal implanted part called the implant, and external part knows as the speech processor.  However, due to the prohibitive cost of cochlear implants, Aured's students comprise both hearing aid and cochlear implant users.

Children take part in one-on-one teaching sessions.  Their spectrum of hearing is tested and focus is given to developing their residual hearing.  No sign language or lip reading is used.  Parents are required to sit in on teaching sessions to carry the activities back to the home.  The children learn to interpret the sounds they hear, forming their ability to integrate into regular mainstream schools, activities and life. 

Fees are charged on a sliding scale, but since the majority of children come from impoverished backgrounds, the income generated is minimal.  Aured survives almost entirely on donations of money and equipment. 

Services: Audiological assessment, One-one therapy session with children (parent included), Rehabilitation post-cochlear implant surgery

Impact: 100 children currently enrolled: 70 are cochlear implant recipients, 40 are outstation students.

History: Aured was founded in 1986 by Aziza T. Hydari to work with severely and profoundly deaf children using the Auditory-Verbal Approach (AVA).  This was in answer to Ms. Hydari's discovery that children in India with residual hearing were not receiving the education and training that would allow them to make the best possible use of their capacities.  She turned her 17 years' teaching experience with hearing impaired children to the endeavor of Aured.

Over the last 19 years, Aured has grown from 3 students in the back room of an apartment to over 100 enrolled students in a bungalow at Mumbai's King George Memorial Trust. Of the 40 outstation children, 11 countries are represented with families travelling internationally to avail Aured's expertise.

Achievements: Aured is happy to report a 100% integration rate of its students into the mainstream school system.  Severely to profoundly deaf children are able to develop their residual hearing to a high enough degree to take part in classroom education as a hearing member of the class.  Some Aured students have gone on to achieve university degrees, as well.

Over the course of work at Aured, teaching aids of international standards have been developed.  Additionally, an advanced mapping technique has been developed by Ms. Hydari which has allowed for acceleration of recognition of weak frequencies within residual hearing.

What is it that you exactly do for a beneficiary?
- Provide education to hearing impaired children from infancy onwards.
- Provide equipment, travel assistance, and quality therapy, especially to those who cannot afford it.
- Integrate hearing impaired students into mainstream schools.
- Offer support to parents and families in participating in their child's learning process.
- Evolve teaching aids and update teaching techniques.
- Document and share our experiences.

Yearly Budget: Rs. 16 L
Revenue Sources: Individual donors, Rangoonwala Foundation
Corporates can adopt us at yearly sponsorship of Rs. 10 L

full time: 5
part time: 9

Help Needed:
Volunteers: yes 
Donations-in-kind: yes
Services needed: no
Advisors / Mentors needed: no
Jobs Available: no
Donation possibilities: - Sponsor nutrition to children attending therapy sessions: Rs500/mo.
                                        - Sponsor equipment (implant/hearing aid batteries): Rs 1,000/mo.

Contact Details:
Aural Education for the Hearing Impaired (AURED)
Anand Niketan,
King George Vth Memorial,
Dr. E. Moses Road,
Mahalaxmi, Mumbai,
400 011
Phone: (22) 2604 8798
Fax: no

Contact: Ms. Aziza Tyabji-Hydari
cell: 9820194853 (best time to call: 10a-7p)
website: no

Trustees: Aziza Tyabji-Hydari, Kumud Misra, Sheila Naharwar, others on request