Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers of The Association of People with Disability (APD).
We are pleased to submit to you the first quarterly report of our Education Program for Children with Disability.
First We would like to thank you for your support to APD during GlobalGiving challenge for the education programs of the children with disability . It helped APD to permanently feature on GlobalGiving’s website.
The donation raised through Global Giving website helped us to educate 13 children in SIS. All these children were provided with mid-day meals, books, uniforms, healthcare, transportation and special coaching supplement. Their medical rehabilitation, an integral part of their development, is ensured through regular medical check ups, physiotherapy and use of mobility aids.
The Education Programme at APD aims at promoting inclusive education through focused institutional and district programs and networking with government agencies, NGOs, special and mainstream schools
The Shradhanjali Integrated School (SIS) of APD has 180 children on roll, for the Academic Year 2012-2013. These children are from under privileged segment .The school aims in helping these children join mainstream schools after giving the support required. This is a day school and we have two buses that pick up children every morning and drops them back home. The focus at SIS is on activity-oriented learning. The school offers a good resource center and library. Co – curricular activities like painting, quiz competitions, sports, cultural festivals, and arts and crafts ensure all round development.
A new reading program was initiated to improve the quality of reading across the school. All our teachers were provided training on team building and soft skills. The addition of a music teacher and speech therapist and the procurement of gadgets like ‘Awaz’, an assistive device for the use of children with Cerebral Palsy, have increased the range of support and activities now available to our students.
We continued our focus on capacity building of parents through meetings and exposure visits. Our strong volunteer base has helped us greatly in both teaching and resource mobilization.
Of the 14 students who passed out of our school this year, 8 joined regular schools, 3 enrolled in special schools and 3 were referred for vocational training.
Some of the major activities are given below for your kind information.
Sports Day for children with disability: Â Sports day was conducted on 7/12/12 at 10.A.M in Cox town Jeevanahalli play ground for 200 children with various disabilities in which many of our children participated enthusiastically.. It was very pleasant to see all the children in white uniform with their house colour T-shirt First march past took place then mass drill all the children participated then events like wheel chair race, rollator race, running race, shot put etc. took place children who won the events got certificate and medals there was an event for teachers and also parents everyone attend the sports were enjoyed.
Introduced the House System to build healthy competition, team spirit & Leadership qualities in the students : All children from Std 1 to 7 have been divided into 4 houses: FAITH, HOPE, TRUTH & LOVE. Merit points are awarded for academics & social skills. At the end of each month the points are totalled & the winning house is awarded the “Rolling Cup’. Children are really into the spirit of team work & want to achieve better & also help out the class/house mates. This has added a touch of excitement &sense of achievement to the school day.
A mini planetarium was set up in school & children enjoyed lessons on the planets etc which was vividly seen.
Parents Capacity Building & Therapy for children: Parents were trained in home management skills & therapy intervention for Cerebral Palsy children. The Speech therapist also conducted training intervention for such children on: Ear function, causes & prevention. Hearing aid maintenance, Auditory training & Speech therapy. 95 children received Integration Therapy, Physiotherapy & Trampoline Therapy, regularly. Corrective surgeries for two children done. Home visits to 30 children’s homes completed so far. This was done to assess the different needs of the children, based on the home & family back ground.
Exposure visit to Centre for Learning with children of Std 7: Fifteen children from Std 7 visited the CFL School on the 22nd August. The children spent a day of fun & activities. They had a session of pottery & in turn taught the students sign language. The CFL students will now visit SIS & this is the beginning of more such visits not just to CFL but to other main stream schools as well.
All the students visited the Fire Station. Agriculture & Science Education Institute, Lalbagh & Freedom Parks to name a few.
There was a Fancy Dress competition on the 7th of August. All children from Nursery to Standard 7 participated. They were required to use only renewable waste material. The show was a huge success, 3 prizes were awarded to each class. Many children participated in music, dance & painting competitions, winning certificates & medals, during the last few months.
Case Study Of Master Thahir – APD Student
Thahir has been with APD for over seven years now and is undergoing special education under the supervision of a dedicated teacher. He is 11 years old and suffers from multiple disabilities such as visual impairment and cerebral palsy, just to name a few, however he is an intelligent child and is able to readily grasp concepts taught to him. Moreover, He has just begun learning Braille under the guidance of a dedicated teacher. In order to aid his learning abilities, APD covers Thahir under the mid-day meal scheme which is catered towards exceptionally poor children. In spite of his numerous disabilities and the impoverished background he comes from, he has shown tremendous improvements in his learning abilities and has potential for further improvements and holistic growth. He is now studying in V Std and regular to school. He is very active and good in studies. He answers orally and interested in learning new topics. He wants to become teacher and help other disabled children like him. Your donations helped him to be self reliant.
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Our sincere thanks to all of our Donors for their kind donations and love. We shall submit to you more news in the next quarterly report.
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