Students lend ears at Aiish 'Open Day'

Expo aims at educating young minds on issues related to disability

Students of AIISH explain about human anatomy to schoolchildren in Mysore on Friday. DH Photo

The main objective behind holding the expo — expose and educate the young minds on the issues related to disability — was a success as more than 1,600 students visited the expo by 1 pm on the day, which even surprised the organisers, who did not expect such a huge response.

There was a steady stream of students guided by their teachers arriving at the premises from 9.30 am, some just to have a look at the expo and some others willing to participate in various competitions held under different categories.

Students pursuing Aiish courses were seen actively explaining about the importance to be given for speech and hearing and how to protect them with the help of human anatomy models, charts and other study materials, which educated not only the students but also the parents who accompanied them in large numbers.

There were also audio testing kit displayed at the premises to explain the parents the importance of finding out the percentage level of hearing of the children well in advance, so that the disability can be identified at initial stages by the experts and a proper treatment suggested. The apparatus that helps in stablising breathing and others were on display drawing curious looks and questions.

Simple things

The materials that help mentally challenged students to learn how to tie their shoe laces and button their shirts were also displayed that comes handy for parents while training their wards in their day to day activities. A chart with small diagrams that highlights daily activities like eating, playing, etc were explained to students.

Several electronic gadgets and hearing aids that helps in amplifying sound were also on display.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, public relation officer Keerthi said the main focus of holding the ‘Open Day’ programme is to create awareness among students and parents on various disablilities and the suitable therapy and training to be given to them.

Jayakumar, lecturer at Aiish, said the programme received a overwhelming response from both parents and students who did not mind the drizzling, making it a huge success. The protection of the human organs like eyes and ears are stressed to school students, who are the real ambassadors in spreading the message. It also highlighted the various courses offered by the institute which help in the youth opting for a different stream.

Various competitions with topics — mainly focussing on conservation of environment  — including drawing (topic: Sound Free Diwali), crossword puzzle, painting, audio-visual quiz, pick and speak, pencil sketch, identify speech in noise, essay competition, debate were organised for schoolchildren, college students, teachers and general public.

Special competitions were also held for children with special needs, including games such as treasure hunt, filling the bottle (1 minute), frog jump, musical chair, passing the parcel, potato race, running race, aiming at target, solving puzzles, auditory memory and obstacle race. Prizes were distributed to the winners the same afternoon.

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