Ms. Akshata Kalzunkar
Ms Akshata A. Kalzunkar reported at AYJNISHD (D), Mumbai at the age of 8 year and found to have Bilateral Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss. The tenacity of her parents and perseverance of Akshata won over the impact of hearing loss and she passed SSC with flying colours followed by Diploma (Digital Electronics) & B.E (Electronics and Telecommunication) with Distinction grade. She also proved her abilities in extra curriculum activities such as Painting and Sports etc. and won many prizes and awards. She was provided Career Guidance which helped her to secure a Govt. Job in Indian Navy as Chargeman and made her presence felt with her on-job performance. As part of social services, her dream is to create a Help Desk and provide Counselling and Guidance services to the Person with Special Abilities towards Higher Studies and Employment guidance helping them to become a productive citizens.
Manoj is a Cochlear Implant user through ADIPs scheme which allowed him to go from a world of silence to a world full of new sounds. He was 2 yr old when his parents found out that he is not responding to loud sounds and there is delay in his speech. He was diagnosed with Bilateral severe to profound hearing loss. There was no benefit with hearing aids. He was implanted through Ministry of Social Justice & Youth Empowerment-Free Cochlear Implantation Scheme through ADIP. He underwent Free CI surgery and attended free therapy for a year at Manasa CI & ENT Centre, Bengaluru as a part of the scheme. He can now listen like any other child of his age and speak clearly in long sentences to communicate even with strangers. He comprehends complex commands and can effortlessly carry out story narration. Manoj is now attending a regular school and can communicate with his peers and teachers. His success exemplifies the benefits of CI for those with severe to profound hearing loss. They are from economically weaker section and has poor educational background. High motivation and sincere commitment from the family has helped him to show the society “Deafness – No more a disability”.