STUDY ON THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL INCLUSION IN CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS

ACADEMICS FROM THE SCHOOL OF AUDIOLOGY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROJECT, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY.



January 16, 2017

A project of the School of Audiology aimed to know the impact on users of the National Program for the Adaptation of School Hearing Aids that is intended to facilitate the inclusion of children who suffer from hearing loss will be carried out  In 12 counties of the Maule Region.

This project was nominated to the  2016 Fund of the Ministry of Social Development called "Chile of all" and is one of the 11 initiatives selected from 1650 postulated, which for the director of the School of Audiology, Exequiel Square, is a great achievement.

"Together with academics from the School of Speech Therapy we have an interesting challenge, because it is the first study of its kind that is carried out at the national level," said Plaza who is also the director of the project. 

He explained that the initiative is to identify and analyze the good practices that enable the insertion of the beneficiaries of the program. It also considers the overcoming of territorial and social imbalances of the program through the proposal of specific instruments in line with the needs of the school in the context of regional development. It also provides guidance on an optimized implementation of the program of adaptation of hearing aids, through reports on analysis with the logical framework approach to the achievement of results.

Professor Plaza said that, in the Maulean territory, 33% of the hearing aid users delivered by Junaeb live in rural areas, in a Region that is among the five Regions with greater poverty rate in the country -16.77%, according to the 2013 CASEN survey- and where the unemployment rate reaches 9.16%. 

From Preschool

On the implementation of the project, he mentioned that it covers from pre-school to high school students; however, the study will also meet the needs of those who could have continued higher education, in order to have a complete and comprehensive vision of the impact in the educational process. "The analysis will not only focus on the student, but in its educational environment and family by capturing relevant information of social participation," he said.

About the singularities of the initiative, Exequiel Plaza stressed that it integrates elements of citizen participation and specifically of beneficiaries of the National Program of Adaptation of Hearing Aids. "The proposal is based on participatory dialogs carried out during 2015 and 2016 with people in situations of disability from three counties where there was a pilot management on the needs, monitoring and adjustments to the program of aural rehabilitation. However, the information is still insufficient to generate a relevant proposal that may be of use to the authorities," he said.

The need for this study was a conclusion of the regional meeting of beneficiaries of the Program of Adaptation of Hearing Aids carried out in our University, in 2014.

Regarding the support and the relevance of the study, the academic said that the project is endorsed by the Club of the Deaf of Talca and the Association of the Deaf of Curico.



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