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EnAble India Workshop to help us reach out to the visually impaired in a better way

September 28, 2010 in Planned Visit by pankhudibangalore

Enable India Training

Enable India Training

EnAble India is an organization involved in empowering people with disabilities, to rehabilitate them and help them be self dependent by providing employment assistance. Pankhudians at Bangalore recently got an opportunity to get a good guidance from Enable India on how to interact with and train the visually impaired. The presentation was given by Ms. Nandhini, Ms. Shantala and Mr. Santosh each of whom seem to be deeply committed and passionate about the cause for which they are working.

The presentation started off with Nandhini explaining us about the various technical terminologies related to the visually impaired and that it’s a myth that people with disabilities have any ‘sixth sense’. We were told about the behavioral aspects of the visually impaired and how to deal with them. Like for example – small children have various habits like poking their eyes, head banging, making shrill noises etc which can be a faux pas socially. In this case, the children should be advised not to do so or divert their habits to something socially acceptable.

Children with disability undergo mental trauma and generally have a low social interaction and to help them overcome this, we need to know a bit about their life history. It helps if we know their names and call them accordingly thus building a better rapport with them.  We always need to have high expectations from them and let them be self dependent as much as possible. Since they are devoid of the visual learning, which makes about 80% of the total learning for the sighted people, they have to depend on the remaining senses. So, they should be taught with a feel and touch method. For example, you can get a live cat and make them feel it. Then you can explain how to imagine a lion – which is a bigger cat. A toy of the lion shape may not work here, because that will make them imagine a wrong picture of a lion. This point was well driven to us by actually making us play a small blind-fold game!

Computer learning is important for the visually impaired because it is the easiest source of information it makes them independent. It is again a myth that these people cannot compete with the sighted ones in the fields such as IT developer, System Administrators, Data Entry operators etc. The feedback from the industry says that these people, with their extra hard work, can even outperform their sighted colleagues. Also they seem to be loyal to their employer because they consider a job opportunity to be important and cannot hop jobs frequently.

At Enable India, Bangalore

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In order to make the training sessions to the children at SRMAB more effective, fun and interesting, EnAble India provided us with a new curriculum. As a cherry in the ice-cream, they will also send trainers to SRMAB to help Pankhudi volunteers teach the students in a proper way catering to the needs of the children.

We are thankful to Enable India for having extended this helping hand and thus providing us with valuable insight in training children with visual impairment.

Enable India conducts its first work-shop for Pankhudi Bangalore

July 8, 2010 in Uncategorized by pankhudibangalore

Saturday, the 3rd of July, Enable India conducted its first workshop for volunteers working with Pankhudi Bangalore. It was aimed at creating awareness about disability amongst us and how many despite suffering from many disabilities have done what seemed impossible – they are leading a normal life. It is not only because of their mental toughness but also because they were aided with the right tools and given the best guidance and advice. This was where both Enable India and Pankhudi Bangalore would play a critical part.

The second part of the workshop was a general discussion with Mr. Santosh from Enable India where the volunteers shared the problems that they face while teaching and handling kids. It was overwhelming to see how experience could help find a solution for everything.

The next step would be as follows

1) A representative from Enable India to visit and assess SRAMB (Eng and Computer class).

2) He then guides the specific volunteers on what to do and what not to and plans out a curriculum tailor made for that class

3) The curriculum would be short (4-6 weeks) and then re-assess and prepare for the next 4-6 weeks

4) The training of volunteers would be a continuous process , expected to happen at-least once in one and a half months

Even though the partnership between the two firms has just begun and there is a long way ahead but it does impart confidence in us that one day we will be able to make all disabled kids independent.

Meeting with Enable India

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized by pankhudibangalore

Pankhudi Bangalore representatives met with the Enable India team to plan out strategies that could help Pankhudi to be more effective when it came to teaching the visually impaired kids. Following were the key points discussed-

a) Pankhudi Bangalore to sign an  MOU with Enable India that would help us use the resources made available by Enable India to the maximum

b) The team from Enable India will visit one of our classes to evaluate the standards of teaching

c) Pankhudi will share its current course content with Enable India seeking modifications and to be designed in a fashion that benefits the kids in the long term

d) Enable India is willing to send a trained person to our class who could overlook the teaching process and help the volunteers who are taking the classes.Besides all new volunteers can be inducted through their training session that happen over weekends

e) Enable India to share fun-related activities that could be done in a class-room and break the monotony

f) Enable India has tie-ups with corporates and they do the profiling for the students after class 10th, train them for two years and provide them with a job. Our current student pool at SRMAB will be connected to them after class 10th for better future prospects.

The meeting had been extremely fruitful and we are hopeful of taking swift action on the above mentioned points.