SHRUTI, the National Association of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened (HOH/d) Nepal, is a non-profit disabled peoples’ organization established by people affected by hearing loss in 2012 to provide its members and HOH/d people a platform with a uniform voice. SHRUTI promotes rights and empowerment of HOH/d by reducing the persistent communication and cultural barriers they face. SHRUTI implements projects in partnership with the government, as well as a range of international organizations, such as Disability and Development Partners (UK), the Abilis Foundation (Finland), Royal Kentalis and Kentalis International Foundation (The Netherlands), My Right (Sweden), All Nippon Association of Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened (ZENNANCHO, Japan), Workability International (Japan), International Disability Alliance/International Federation of Hard of Hearing (IDA/IFHOH), etc.
SHRUTI is registered at Kathmandu District Administration Office and Kathmandu Metropolitan City; and is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council and the National Youth Council. SHRUTI is an active member of Asia and Pacific Federation of Hard of Hearing and Deafened (APFHD), International Federation of Hard of Hearing (IFHOH), International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) and National Federation of Disabled Nepal (NFDN). SHRUTI is also a member of the World Hearing Forum, the WHO for the period 2021-2023.
With a vision to create inclusive society, where social justice and rights of hard of hearing and deafened people are guaranteed, SHRUTI has a mission to work for hard of hearing and deafened people to achieve their rights on communication, quality education, social and economic activities. The goal of SHRUTI is are: to contribute to the creation of an inclusive society, to promote accessibility of hard of hearing and deafened people; to strengthen and empower members’ capacity, to advocate for early identification, intervention, and recognition of hard of hearing and deafened people as person with disabilities, to promote inclusive education, and to establish rehabilitation and resource centre.More
SHRUTI celebrates a Decade in Hard of Hearing and Deafened Movement
As one of the most successful hard-of-hearing and deafened organizations working in the disability field of Nepal, SHRUTI is proud to announce its 10th Anniversary on 15th August 2022. We officially celebrated our 10th Anniversary and concluded the 10th Annual General Meeting on 20th August 2022.
The Association’s movement in advocacy for hard of hearing and deafened people’s services and activities has been increasing day by day. Our core values have remained consistent and improved gradually.
We hope to be able to provide maximum information on the hard of hearing and deafened people of Nepal in the coming days.
On this occasion, we would like to express our profound gratitude to members, advisors, partners, mentors, and families of hard-of-hearing and deafened people for their continued support to let SHRUTI arrive at this stage. Without their valuable support, we could not achieve to be one of the most successful associations in Nepal.
We are looking forward to our well-wishers for their continued supports, as always.
Seminar on Itinerant Support for the children with hearing loss
The research found the prevalence of hearing loss in school children in Nepal is very high and the parents and teachers of hearing loss children lack the knowledge and competency to support speech and language development and learning of children with hearing loss. Hence, with support from the Royal Kentalis, SHRUTI developed the experts to provide itinerant support to the children with hearing loss and to coach their parents and class teachers in 2021. SHRUTI has started to provide itinerant support services to young children with hearing loss with the support of the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Now 18 young children with hearing loss are getting the service beyond their regular schooling time at SHRUTI’s premises. Besides the support services to the children with hearing loss, SHRUTI also provides training to the parents of hearing loss children and teachers of the schools where the hearing loss children study.
SHRUTI concluded a seminar to disseminate the overall activities and the outcome of the program on 26 June 2022. Representatives from the government authorities, such as Woman Children and Senior Citizens, Education Department and Social Development Department of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City; elected ward members (Ward 4 and 5) of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, representatives from the other organizations of people with disabilities, representatives from schools management, and teachers and parents of the hearing loss children participated in the seminar. The learning issues of the hearing loss children were discussed and the witnessed progress of the support services provided by the SHRUTI was highlighted in the seminar. Parents and class teachers of the children with hearing loss also shared the positive changes in the children after they applied the learning methods learned from the SHRUTI to the children at home as well as in the classroom.
The policymaker understood the importance of the support services for the children with hearing loss and committed to supporting continuing the services. The right of children with disabilities to acquire quality education in mainstream schools nearby their residence was discussed and guaranteed in the program, as some parents faced challenges to enroll their children in mainstream schools. Similarly, being invisible disability, the hard of hearing people have faced challenges to be recognized them as a disabled people by the government or to get disability cards from the local government.