Special Correspondent

Admission, training and speech therapy are free for

children aged

up to five years

MADURAI: Collector S.S. Jawahar has appealed to the parents of hearing impaired children to make use of ‘early intervention centres’ (EIS) established by the government.

In a release, he said that hearing problems among infants could be identified in the first month depending on their reaction to loud noises from firecrackers, music and loudspeakers. If parents suspected that their child had hearing impairment, they could approach the EIS established in all districts. In Madurai, a non-governmental organisation was entrusted with the task of running the centre that was located at Gabriel Gomez Primary School, Viraganur, Madurai 625 009.

The admission, training and speech therapy were free for children aged upto five years and they could be admitted to normal schools along with other children. Hearing aid with solar battery would be provided free of cost. Also, parents would be given Rs. 10 a day as travelling allowance.

Further information could be obtained from the District Rehabilitation Officer, Villapuram ( 0452 2679695).