Our aim is to ensure that new technology, which enables deaf children to listen and speak, is made available, specially to children of underprivileged families.
The average income of families who enrol their children with AURED is below Rs. 5000/- per month. They often have to pledge their jewellery and land to finance their travel to Mumbai, internal commuting and towards their child's cochlear implant.
AURED helps to enable these families to mobilize funds for hearing aids, which may cost upto 1 lakh each, cochlear implants – each costing over 5 1/2 lakhs, besides mandatory tests and hospitalization, for upgradation of the implant which is necessary with the advancement of new technology, and for accessories ie. Microphones, cords and cables, battery compartments and even speech processors.
Parents have to run from pillar to post to accumulate the required funds for a cochlear implant and this results in a delay that is detrimental to the child's progress.
Additionally, the centres have to be maintained, administration cost, salaries for 26 staff members, sustenance of various projects,and the rent amount to be paid for the premises, which Trusts are reluctant to support.