Milestones

4th Oct 1998
  • Moraya Hospital – In Chinchwad a place called Mangal murti wade- opening of speech training centre with a single child “Khandu”-the son of a labourman working in a brick kiln.
  • at Shivajinagar and 2 children were integrated to a normalschool.
 
2000 
  • Cochlea Pune for hearing and speech was registered as an NGO.
 
2001-2003
  • Drop outs from normal schools were located, provided with hearing aid and after training and therapy were integrated back to normal school. 
 
2002-2005 
  • Home to home training program for deaf children aged 3 to 6 yrs was done at Hinjewadi and 5 children were integrated to a normal school.
 
2006
  • As a part of Early detection and  Intervention -Regular screening of babies admitted to NICU ( Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit) at Kamala Nehru Hospital Pune and Talera Hospital at Chinchwad was carried out and PIP to suit the babies was chalked out
 
2007
  • In a slum area called Pawarvasti near Dapodi,Pune, a training centre for HI children 0-6 yrs was started.
 
2008
  • DTYHI- Training for Diploma in Teaching Young Hearing Impaired was initiated.
 
2008-2009 
  • A pilot project of preschool for HI children was initiated
 
2009 
  • “SWARANAAD”- preschool for HI children was inaugurated on 15th June 2009, supported by 8 trained teachers and 5 support teachers for 25 deaf children in the age group 3 to 6 years. 
 
2010 
  • DHLS-Training for Diploma in Hearing Language and Speech was initiated 
  • Parent Training program- a very successful program was initiated after a lot of research.
  • Speech training centre  at Rajgurunagar Khed (60 km from Pune ) was inaugurated .
 
2011
  • As number of children increased Swaranaad was shifted to Kapil Towers near Pune Railway station in an area of 2000 sq ft.
 
2012
  • Childern from Swaranaad took part in ‘International dance festival’.
  • Prathamesh Sawant, a past student of Swaranaad won the “Best Student award”, in a normal school.
 
2013
  • Shri Manoharji Parikar, Chief Minister of Goa graced the ‘Tilgul Samarambha’ of Swaranaad children. He talked to the children and was very much impressed by their speech.
  • Mrs Raksha Deshpande was awarded the ‘Lokmat Sakhi Sanman puraskar’.
 
2014
  • The first publication of Cochlea, “Hoy! Pratyek Karna badhir mool Bolel!!”, written by Dr Avinash Wachasundar and Mrs Raksha Deshpande was published in Jan 2014.
  • Dr Avinash Wachasundar was invited to give a presentation in the WHO meeting at Delhi.
  • The NGO ‘Bhasha’ had organized ‘chala goshti vinuya’(Lets weave a story) program for kindergarten children. The kids from Swaranaad won the prize as they made and told the story from the few words given to them. The audience also was astounded at their capacity of thinking and making a story and on top of that telling it, inspite of being born deaf.
  • Om Babar, a past student of Swaranaad won the “Best Student award”, in a normal school.
 
2015 
  • 15 children from Swaranaad were integrated to a normal school. 
  • Mrs Raksha Deshpande was awarded the ‘Ranwara Krudadnyata Puraskar’, by Vanchit Vikas.
  • Shrimati Anjali Bhide was awarded the ‘Ratnalikar Puraskar’ for her dedicated work in teaching the hearing impaired children.
  • Asawari Kulkarni , a past student of Swaranaad, integrated to a normal school, won the ‘Best Student’ award.
  • Cybage Asha donated a mini bus to ply children from Khed to ‘Swaranaad’ and back.
 
2016  
  • The first hearing impaired lady to complete the DECSE course for teaching the hearing impaired children. 
  • The Hindi and English edition of the Marathi book ‘Hoy!  Pratyek Karna badhir mool Bolel!!’ was published on 26th June 2016, along with the Progress Report of Cochlea.
  • First batch of 6 children got integrated into a normal school from Swaranaad of Goa.
  • 14 children from Swaranaad, Pune, got integrated into a normal school.
  • Asawari Kulkarni and Shradha Shilimkar, past students of Swaranaad, integrated to a normal school, scored 89% and 65% resp. in SSC examination this year, without any concession.
 

Success Stories

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    Irfaan Mulani

    Irfaan did his preschool very well from the age 3 to 6yrs at Swaranaad. He got promoted successfully every year and was integrated into a main stream school in 2016

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    Shraddha Shilimkar

    Shraddha progressed from a hearing impaired child who could not speak at the age of 6 to a young girl, who is a blackbelt holder in Karate, a bharat natyam dancer and has scored 65% in her SSC exams this year.

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    Siddhant Gaikwad

    Swaranaad is proud of him as he was admitted directly to second standard, After the principal took his test, she said, “he knows all and more than we teach in the first standard, so why waste his year. He was detected when he was two yrs old. After the speech therapy he joined Swaranaad.

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    Om Babar
    Om came to Cochlea at the age of four years. He became confident as he was getting good academic training in ‘Swaranaad’ in a group of 6 children and developed language skills in Manoram in a group of 60 children.

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    Asawari Kulkarni
    Asawari bagged the ‘Best Student’ award in June 2015.She has scored 89% marks in her SSC exams from a school for normal children. She has passes the Sanskrit “ Madhyama’ exam and is a good Bharat Natyam dancer.

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    Hrishkesh Patil
    Hrishikesh can speak Marathi, English and Hindi. He has done M. Com., has won prizes in photography and is a hardcore trekker.Photos- compering, trekking photography prize.

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