ritu aggarwal & sonam singh
NOIDA, 13 JULY: The Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan in Noida provides a ray of hope to parents of differentlyabled children. The school provides free therapies, vocational and formal education to more than 800 mentally and physically challenged special children.
Most of the children admitted in the school, run under the aegis of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Trust, are affected by mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities.
The school is equipped with facilities needed for disabled persons. "It has a ramp and sensor operated door at the entrance for wheel chair users. It also has ramps to move up and down with in the building and also guiding tiles on the floor for visually impaired kids," said a school teacher.
The washbasins are at low height for physically handicapped children. The school provides specialised training. "There are parents who want their children just to learn how to sit properly. Ironically, they feel embarrassed to have such kids. We just want to give those kids a respectful life," said Mr Rehaan Najeeb, head of the therapy department of the school.
For hearing disabled kids, a music therapist teaches them dance steps through lip reading. Physiotherapists are present for both shifts and around 20 children come under one therapist.
Fore optimal use of infrastructure the school runs on two shifts from 8 a m to 12 p m and then from 1 p m to 5 p m. Rather than having usual class sections, the levels have been made according to the disability level of the children. Students here are prepared for appearing for board examinations from the National School of Open Learning. In vocational training, kids are trained to make paper bags, pen stands, jewellery boxes and much more. The work is decided according to their capability. The profit which comes after selling the products is distributed among them as stipend.
"This training is given not only to make their life worthwhile but also for their future," said a trainer. They also provide free transport facilities to the children. MBCN is planning to enlarge their campus so that they can take more children.