The Ratmalana Audiology Centre (RAC) is a collaboration between Dialog and the Ratmalana School for the Deaf. It was established in 2007, with the shared goal of creating a Centre of Excellence in hearing and speech therapy for the benefit of people with hearing and speech difficulties. Dialog funded the establishment of the facility and continues to cover the maintenance related expenses and capital expenses. The fully-fledged facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, provides hearing tests, speech assessments as well as hearing and speech therapy at affordable prices, bringing such services within reach of the masses.
This sustainable operational model enables the RAC to cover its operational and administrative expenses including the salaries of its staff. The facility is managed by the Ratmalana School for the Deaf and as such students of the school receive free hearing tests and speech therapy services. Meanwhile, in line with its social responsibility policy, the RAC conducts hearing tests free of charge for people with low-income statuses, subject to having a recommendation from a Government ENT Doctor or Grama Niladhari. In addition, free neonatal screening tests are done for newborns at Government hospitals in the vicinity; mainly the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila and Kethumathi Maternity Hospital, Panadura.
The Centre also provides free workshops for parents, teachers and matrons of the School for the Deaf and also assists other schools for the deaf located around the country. As a Centre of Excellence, the RAC also provides placements for the Clinical Training Programme for Audiology offered at the University of Kelaniya. Involvement in the RAC reflects Dialog’s commitment to address marginalised issues such as hearing, sight, and speech impairments, eventually leading to integrate such matters into the country’s mainstream health system.
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