Help Ritu Support Parents Of Hearing Impaired Kids

I am Ritu Nakra, a proud mother of Ananya Nakra. My daughter, being our first child, brought along a lot of happiness and excitement for the family. Little did we know that it is going to be a dark tunnel in front of us. At the age of 18 months, she was diagnosed with sensorineural profound hearing loss of both the ears. This was the beginning of a challenging journey for the habilitation of Ananya. 

Helping Ananya Be At Par With Her Other Peers 

My only aim in life was to bring my daughter at par with her normal hearing peers. I wished if I could develop a spoken language like any other child of her age. I travelled everywhere in the world to educate myself and implement the strategies learnt from these institutions with her. And as they say, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 
The entire family came together and after three years of hardships, Ananya was sailing on the smooth track of development. 

When My Daughter’s Challenges Inspired Me To Do Better 

Once she achieved her age appropriate speech and language levels, I was driven by this cause. If I could help my daughter, why not help other parents dealing with similar struggles. I decided to dedicate my life for this noble cause. 
I took formal education in this field and started digging deeper in the subject. In 2007, I completed my B.Ed specializing in education for hearing impaired children. I got a registered license from Rehabilitation Council Of India as a special educator.

My Journey From A Desperate Mother To A Professional Therapist

Since then it has been a long journey. I started working with families and took therapy sessions. Along with my practice I enrolled myself in certification programme from AG Bell U.S to become Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. It took me five years and today I am the fourth person in India to get this certificate. 
During my journey from a desperate mother to a Professional Therapist, I met many families who wanted to do so much for their children but couldn’t because of lack of knowledge and awareness. The zeal to build up a community, to spread knowledge and be a support to each other ignited the spark. 

The Birth Of HearMeSpeak 

With support from entrepreneur mother’s like Chetana Misra (who has a son with Cochlear Implants), I was encouraged to start HearMeSpeak, a support group for parents. With 170 families part of this group, we helped each other various discussions on Facebook and Whatsapp. In these last six months we have conducted five online podcast discussions where we connected parents with professionals and discussed on various topics educating and empowering parents. 

How can you help? 

 My only dream now, is to reach out to more parents with similar struggles. Especially in areas where there are less facilities in terms of speech and hearing clinics, therapists to help them in the journey ahead.  I want to help parents to bring the hearing impaired children to mainstream schooling. Because of lack of proper resources and guidance, parents believe that the child can never be mainstreamed. 

To achieve this, I plan to develop an audio visual films series to show 
  • How parents have used these strategies in their home environment to develop and facilitate spoken language in their young listeners?
  • What kind of diagnostics are required to identify hearing loss? 
  • What is the current technology available for these children and the protocol for each test?
To create a video manual and to support parents in other towns and cities, we would need at least 4 lakhs. If you are a parent who has been there, I request you to come forward to support us in this cause. Because it is the most beautiful feeling to watch a child hear his first sound. With your support, we can bring music to many lives. 

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27th September 2017
We are thankful to all the donors for your valuable contribution. Because of your support we have been able to complete this project which is going to help thousands of families of children with hearing loss.

The two films made have been uploaded on youtube so that any and all families can access them.
Following are the links to these films: v=t4nDasI94MA
It is titled as Mumkin_A journey towards spoken language.
The second film is:
It is titled as Diagnostics and Audiological management of hearing loss.

Do watch these films and give us your feedback.
Once again gratitude and thanks, to all of you!

With Warm Regards
Ritu Nakra

28th December 2016
Dear Supporters,

What a brilliant year it has been! Our work gets featured in The Better India :)  

You can read the full article here. We cannot thank you enough for the support you have shown us on this journey. Thank you for sharing our work and choosing to support it.

19th September 2016
Dear Supporters,

We are very excited to share this update. The reason why this campaign was born was to gather support to create a video manual and to support parents in other towns and cities. Today, I share with you the first video of the series.

We are gratified by your contributions and here's how we have started off. Please watch it.  Share it and spread the word. Every share will bring us closer to our target and help us continue the work we do. Because it is the most beautiful feeling to watch a child hear his first sound. With your support, we can bring music to many lives.


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raised of Rs.400,000 goal

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Supporters (26)

manmohan donated US $230
10 months ago
Lalitha donated US $25
10 months ago

You are doing such a great work ! God bless you and your child... I hope you will get to do more wonderful things and help more kids hear and speak.

Manul donated Rs.2,500
over 1 year ago

Loved the teaser video... there is a lot to learn & do for these children... with u on this journey... All the Best

Deepali donated US $100
almost 2 years ago
Aru donated US $151.51
almost 2 years ago
ANANYA donated Rs.10,000
almost 2 years ago

Rituji..My small contribution towards the great work you are doing for the children as well as their parents. You have all the support from parents like us. Keep up the good work.