Deafness: Milan goes on the field by funding inclusion projects aimed at children, young people and adults.

Encourages Milan and the surrounding areas to nominate their projects in favor of the inclusion of people with hearing impairments. The application deadline for the Fondo Sordità Milan’s call for social inclusion of people with hearing impairments is 30th of June and makes available 30 thousand eurosfor a maximum of 5 thousand euros per. project for activities to be carried out in the field of competence.

The initiatives that have already been previously funded, presented on the Foundation’s page, really span 360 degrees and can be a source of inspiration for new activities. The official data on deafness in Lombardy follow the boundaries of the national ones, unfortunately still few and inaccurate today, and deafness is still a more widespread condition than is actually perceived.

In fact, in July 2021, in Lombardy there were almost 9 thousand individuals INPS invalidity pension holders (of which 2200 in Milan and the surrounding area alone) among young people and adults with severe or deep deafness.

In Italy there are at least 90 thousand persons with certified hearing impairment with an incidence of about 1.5%. In addition, there are those who also, due to the beginning of age, have lower degrees of deafness, but who suffer from the discomfort that is especially relevant in everyday interpersonal relationships. There neonatal deafness it is the most common congenital sensory disability and strikes again according to the WHO about 1-4 cases per. thousand inhabitants. Remember that losing your hearing at an early age can mean that you run into difficulties in acquiring language with everything that comes with it: discomfort, risk of isolation, communication and relationship difficulties.

PIS, Pio Istituto Dordi, born in 1854 as an educational institution for the poorest deaf in the area, is today a real compass for people dealing with deafness and above all for institutions. which works to break down prejudices and barriers by promoting inclusion. The foundation works in a network with several realities throughout Italy, participates permanently in the sensory handicap table in the municipality of Milan and in the gaming commission in the center – Playgrounds for the whole Community Foundation in Milan South West and East Martesana City to guarantee the right to play for all children, and is a member of the UNEBA National Union of Institutions and Social Assistance Initiatives.

Ensure equal opportunities and participation for the deaf PIS is a priority among the interventions carried out in the area: installation of magnetic induction systems in the registration offices of Lombard’s provincial capitals and in the Centro Asteria in Milan, where PIS itself supports a cinema forum with available projections, and then the realization – in Milan and Varese, but also in Cemmo (BS) in Valcamonica – of sporting events and competitions for deaf athletes, opportunities that have helped to strengthen the blue teams since the last Deaflympics (Olympics for the Deaf) held in Brazil in May, the deaf Italian athletes won 23 medals!

And again, thanks to the active cooperation with the Ambrosian Diocese, the interventions to make conferences e celebrations in the Duomo to promote the spiritual care of people with hearing impairments and the obligation to create historical and religious publications.

The legacy of knowledge about deafness available to society, PIS also represents a piece of historical and cultural heritage from our society through the 10,000 images of its Photographic archive which tells the story of special education in Lombardy, and which is now partly available free of charge on the LombardiaBeniCulturali website thanks to a conservation and improvement project launched by the Foundation in 2020.

The PIS also supplies stably contribution to some realities in the Lombardy area such as Varese Onlus Audiological Foundation (FAV) in support of the departmental structure of ENT audiovestibology at the Hospital of the City Circle (public health facilities welcoming patients, especially children, from all over Italy), and IRCCS Ca ‘Granda Foundation, Maggiore Hospital Polyclinic in Milan to conduct a study of deafness in premature infants.

On the other hand, among the strategic alliances of recent years is the collaboration with the Catholic University of Milan – Research Center for Intercultural Relations, which created a prize named after Don Giulio Tarra, a prominent figure in the nineteenth century for the education of deaf children and first director of PIS, aimed at researchers in scientific and academic disciplines (pedagogical, medical , linguistic, psychological, sociological, historical, engineering, computer science, etc.), who have conducted research and produced scientific works on the subject of deafness.

The partnership with Community Foundation in Milan – which supports interventions of social benefit to meet the needs of over 2 million citizens in Milan and 56 municipalities in the south-western, south-eastern, Adda Martesana areas of the metropolitan area – is finally the engine of the tender in question thanks to the establishment of an ad hoc fund , Fondo Sordità Milano, whose funding can always be increased with liberal contributions from companies, third sector entities and individual citizens.

“The realities of Milan have always been close to the PIS, and the numerous projects carried out so far for the territory are a real pride for us – he declares Daniele Donzelli Chairman of the PISwho have worked hard in recent years to consolidate a virtuous system of relationships with them – We want to be able to give life to more and more initiatives that give those living with deafness the opportunity to live a life as fully as possible with start from school, in social relationships, at work, in leisure time, to give real concretization to the concept inclusion which has headed our institute in its daily activity since 1854 “.

Encouraging new inclusive activities also through these calls remains PIS’s constant goal: for all details on the requirements and information, see the website or contact the organizers.

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