Samvaad’s mission is to support individuals & families with speech and hearing challenges, especially from mid and low socio-economic sections of society, in Bangalore, Karnataka.
Our outreach programs provide infant hearing screening at Yelahanka government hospital and camps in different rural & government schools and semi-urban slums in and around Bangalore.
The service screens around 10,000 children and 500 adults annually.
Our Resource room provides speech therapy at Hebbal Government school.
We are catering to 12+ children at the moment from the school of 600 children.
Therapy for a year enables the children to enter mainstream education.
We provide free or subsidized therapy supporting three areas :
We envision ‘A full life for individuals with Speech & Hearing Challenges’
We provide free and subsidised services to support children and adults with speech and hearing challenges, from mid, low socio economic sections of society.
Deeksha’s mother watched her only child struggle with her speech. Even at the age of four she could not say the word ‘Amma’ that she yearned to hear.
After taking speech therapy at Samvaad, Deeksha improved in leaps and bounds. She is now able to talk and respond back to others. Her mother is ecstatic that she can name all her family members as well as communicate her needs to the mother.
29 year old Shivakumar was running a juice shop and supporting his small family when he had a stroke. By the time he was taken to NIMHANS he was paralyzed on the right side and could not utter a single word. He could understand everything spoken to him but could only nod his head or point in response.
He could no longer run his business and everything came crashing down. His family managed to raise money for his treatment and with Physiotherapy he was able to walk and move his hand a little.
Most children come to Samvaad with non-verbal communication. They start verbal communication within a few months of intense training. It gives me immense pleasure to work with an organization that really cares about the welfare of children with special needs.
I donate to Samvaad because I'm impressed with the charity work they do, especially helping young children who cannot afford cochlear implants or therapy.
My interest has become tenfold and my skills have improved after joining here. My journey from Student Therapist to Supervisor has been incredible! I am proud to be a Samvaadian.
Samvaad is definitely a place where the heart comes before the brain. This can be seen from the number of economically challenged patients they support, the individual projects in employment generation, as well as the medical intervention for the deserving.
Mrs Renuka Menon
Speech and Hearing disabilities are ‘invisible’. Since these disabilities are not seen, there is a poor understanding of the impact on an individual’s personal and professional life. It robs humans of the unique quality of being human, having ‘The Power To Communicate’ .
Let’s Make Speech and Hearing Possible.