22 June, 2021

Everything is custom-made in this school for its special students

Everything is custom-made in this school for its special students
Set in a modest but clean and quiet north-east Mumbai bylane, the Rochiram T. Thadani School for the hearing impaired has given many children a reason to smile. Run by the Chembur Colony Yuvak Mandal, the school strives to meet every need of its 350 special students, all free of cost.

The building was constructed 15 years ago specifically for the purpose so that everything is custom-made—from the air-conditioned speech therapy laboratory to the furniture to the specially-designed, brightly-lit classrooms spread over three floors. Sponsored by BPCL, the school’s auditorium occupies the pride of place—students here watch TV and other audio-video programmes with the help of their headphones. To meet the high cost of servicing of the aids, the school has also started its own Hearing Aid and Ear Mould Lab which manufactures customised ear moulds for every ear. While these moulds, which need replacements every three months, cost Rs 450 in the market, the school provides them to its students at a manufacturing cost of Rs 65. This service is available to the general public too....

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