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LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

by Ramana Sunritya Aalaya
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LIFESKILLS TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Session at Spastic Society
Session at Spastic Society

Its been 30 years since Dr. Ambika Kameshwar started The Ramana Sunritya Aalaya Trust in 1989.

The organisation is committed to Holistic Education and Empowerment, using  the tools of Theatre for  Life skills training, Social Skills Training. for one and all.

  

From working with special schools in Chennai as a part of its outreach program,the organisation has now expanded to reach hundreds of people and children in India , special and otherwise.

Through the 30 years the organisation has maintained a policy of Honorary Services.

The organisation is gearing up to celebrate the oneness  through a series of events  through the year 

Starting with a grand inaugral function on 27th of september 2019. 

We will be releasing a coffeetable book which will cover The story of RASA   - the past 30 years. 

RASA has always beleived in promoting and nurutring talents . keeping in line  with that, there is  a cultural

event involving child prodigies and people with special needs. 

Please find below photos of Rasa over the years .

RASA s Day care centre
RASA s Day care centre
A session out in the open
A session out in the open
Class photo
Class photo
Vocational skill development
Vocational skill development
Outing t watch Movie Lion King
Outing t watch Movie Lion King
Movie outing Mandavallie Group
Movie outing Mandavallie Group

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Report being handed over to a parent .
Report being handed over to a parent .
Summer, the time of mangoes and sweltering heat brings with it at Rasa , a time for taking stock , assessment and then rest and rejuvenation before the Centres get back to action .
This summer saw the Facilitators assess the children and handover their reports - progress to their parents .
This yearly reports helps the facilitator and the centre heads take stock of what is going right and what issues need progress and additional work on !
Summer times is also the time that individuals take time to enjoy and pursue their passions with a sense of ease with all the time available .
Prashant as seen in the video is a great fan of Gymming and Mukund has spent his holidays doing some colouring work.
What’s more , sometimes holiday activities are also given by the facilitators at the Centres to keep the kids happy and going till the centre’s re open in June .as is evident from the photos attached .
PFA a sample report which goes out to the parents at the end of the year which shows the goals targeted ,also achieved and worked towards through the year .
Yet another year has gone by with focus and attention on people with special needs their individual progress and special plans for each one of them.

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Materials for beaded necklace
Materials for beaded necklace

You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.

 Brad Garrett

This is what we strive to do at RASA – Centre for Theatre Arts and Special Needs day after day, year after year, the past 30 years.

Here is a tiny preview of how an adult with special needs engages her time and skills at our vocational centre at Tiruvanmyur.

Here is a small write up about R:

R is very good in production . She is    a quick learner and assists everyone when they need help. She is very systematic and meticulous and is very concerned about the environment. She always checks if the lights have been turned off, if other adults in the group have brought their tea cups  and also sometimes aides the Facilitator by reminding the agenda for the next day. She loves to do yoga sessions and does them passionately.
R loves production work, here are some of the things she is good at.
Embroidery - Running stitch , flying stitch , hemming
Beaded jewellery - s pattern and cluster pattern (yet to learn other patterns )
Painting - capable of following the instructions precisely and replicate the given design.
Making thread beads - she is good at making beads using the embroidery threads.
Please find below a picture of the green beaded necklace made by R. It is very fine work and calls for meticulous and systematic observation and commitment.

N, another male  adult who is very dexterous shows his skills and prowess at arts by these beautiful warli paintings

At our Mandavalli centre too, the  commitment to production is no less. There is a lot of emphasis given to life skills and also to production. Here you can see L printing and helping make brightly coloured envelopes requested by the RASA Accounts Head Mr. VijayKumar.

R concentrating on her work- beaded necklace
R concentrating on her work- beaded necklace
Concentration personified .
Concentration personified .
Beautiful  brightly colured envelopes ready.
Beautiful brightly colured envelopes ready.
Beaded  necklace made by R
Beaded necklace made by R
The Warli Artist now engaged in another task
The Warli Artist now engaged in another task
Warli Art by N
Warli Art by N

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Diwali greetings
Diwali greetings

 

The month of August was enjoyed by the celebration of the  Ganesh Puja. People with special needs came together in various ways, to sing, make clay ganeshas and praise the lord and also to  celebrate the festival. 

Prashanth, a young adult with Autism, who has been with RASA over 16 years has grown into a fine young man. Here in the photos you can see him write down complete sentences on the board. 

He has come a long way from being very agitated and disturbed in class. 

Please find below a video about Akshay. Akshay is a 18 year old Individual with Autism. He is very fond of music and has leaernt to identify ragas from the age of 4 onwards. He can now identify 130 ragas. A popular carnatic muscian Sowmya .S who is currently undergoing the Teachers Training program with Rasa was interacting with him during her visit to the

centre.

The Captain of every ship that sails ,guides and takes the ship along to shores and borders across, through many a storm and with a great vision in mind. Such a one is Dr.Ambika Kameshwar , the Founder Director of RASA. She received a well deserved award from the Satya Sai Institution from the Vice President of India . This Award has been received for excellence in the field of Music and Dance. These two are some of the modalities that are used at RASA for empowering people with special needs. Dr. Ambika has created an entire methodology based on the Indian Theatre Arts and its application.

 

There is a lot of team spirit and co operative work happening at the centres. a look at the photos gives us an idea of the Hurdle walk being practiced at the Mandavalli centre.

Rasa will report again with chirstmas celebrations and various other small ways in which we teach and inclucate lifeskills for people with special needs.

Naveen engrossed in making a colourful pompom
Naveen engrossed in making a colourful pompom
Colourful pom poms
Colourful pom poms
Clay ganesha
Clay ganesha
Prashanth 1
Prashanth 1
Prashanth enjoying his writing
Prashanth enjoying his writing
And we line up to play hurdle
And we line up to play hurdle
Prabhakar playing hurdles
Prabhakar playing hurdles
Dr Ambika Kameshwar receiving an award .
Dr Ambika Kameshwar receiving an award .
Write up in the Newspaper about the Award
Write up in the Newspaper about the Award

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BLOCK PRINTING
BLOCK PRINTING

Facilitating is the art of assisting discovery.

We at RASA believe in facilitating the process of empowering the lives of individuals with special needs.

Our work speaks for itself.  RASA is an organization which is 29 years old, believes in honing the skills of each individual that comes under its umbrella.

Our vocational unit SRIYAM teaches and trains individuals with special needs in all the Arts and Crafts like making things out of beads, , Painting ,screen printing and many more.

These products are created and sold at our own shop.

The adults who are trained here are given a stipend every month . This honors and appreciates the hard work they do every day of the week except the weekends.

Support RASA and honor an individual with special needs by giving them employment.

EMBELISHMENT
EMBELISHMENT
CELL PHONE BEADED
CELL PHONE BEADED
EMBROIDERY ON CLOTH
EMBROIDERY ON CLOTH
JEWELLERY HANDMADE
JEWELLERY HANDMADE
JEWELLERY
JEWELLERY

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Ramana Sunritya Aalaya

Location: Chennai - India
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ambika kameshwar
Chennai, Tamilnadu India

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