Children with multiple disabilities need special training, support in education needs special care. Special educators have required speech therapist, teachers for special education, occupational therapist, transportation facility, assistance, functional assessment, speech therapy, physiotherapy, parent counselling, computer literacy, etc. Saksham school in Noida provides all these special assistance to blind, visually impaired child or any disabled child. Each child is unique and requires special curriculum and intervention. Professional help with specialization has to be provided close to their residence SAKSHAM DAKSH SCHOOL has taken up this challenge for NOIDA region. Since 90% of children are from extremely poor families all these services are provided free of cost.
The SAKSHAM SCHOOL is for the children with multiple disability or blindness to give them the provision of education and support at its centres. Due to blindness or disability, they would not be getting admission into main schools or educational institutions. Those blind or disabled children who got the admission got less support and services due to which they were facing many problems and not being able to get a quality education. Realising that a blind child too- like any other child deserves an education. Saksham School for blind and multiple disabled is for small children. It is a hope of every blind child or Visually Impaired Person to get an education or to gain knowledge, just like any other normal child. The child hopes not be constraint only to the limitation’s he/she has due to the disabilities. But to explore the world of education although being bound by the shortcomings the child has Saksham School is an effort to support the beginning of development and an initiative to understand better way by which special educators can help the children. The use of hand- under-hand in our interaction with these children and becoming more mindful of what message our touch – conveys. Our objective is to provide them with a greater variety of textures and materials and giving them more time and opportunities. For an independent exploration of these objects. We are recognizing that hand use progresses systematically simply by the child completing constant repetition of specific hand movement schemes. We are thinking about touch as it relates to literacy and general learning. In short, we are better educated about the importance of developing touch in all our children with visual impairments and deaf-blindness. Developing the sense of touch and good hand use skills are important goals for any child with the visually impaired person.
Learning through fun, although the sense of touch and tactile marking for the blind or visually impaired person is important to learn. There is technology also as a help or Aid to make it more convenient to understand for the child who is learning skills and tools of education gaining. The children for their growth in learning skills are taught brail with the help of brail slate, paper, alphabet trainer, brail cube, etc. Mobilization of students in Saksham Daksh School and final preparation for integration in mainstream school.
Developing the sense of touch and good hand use skills are important goals for any child who is blind or deaf-blind. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- They must be felt with the heart.”-by: – Hellen Keller.
By Niharika Sehgal