Every nook- and-corner we find a training center in Ahmedabad – English training center, Speaking training center, computer training center etc. It was heights when I saw a “How to Learn” training center. But by far one of the most beautiful training centers, I came across was Vocational training for people with multiple disabilities at the BLIND PEOPLE’s ASSOCIATION.
Most of the people are stuck in traffic near BLIND PEOPLE’s ASSICIATION, in Vastrapur. But hardly do we ever take time to actually go inside BPA and take a tour of this amazing place where they are turning one’s disability into “Dis is Ability”.
Vocational education is mainly for teaching specific art for occupational purpose. But here at BPA, the reason behind teaching them wood craft, physiotherapy, scarf, bags, envelope, eco friendly bags, diyas, etc. is to improve color identification, hand-eye coordination, counting and banking apart from improving their self-esteem and self-dependency.
In our part of vocational training, the JEWELLERY making unit was started for people who were mentally challenged or/and have multiple disabilities. Today, there are around 10-12 people working in this unit. They create beautiful pieces of art. The people who are working here are also given a stipend at the end of every month. We use jewellery making as a part of vocational training because in this the investment in the raw material is less and the market for jewellery is huge and growing.
Juhi, has very limited communication skills, she has profound hearing loss and partial vision impairment (deafblind). Her case was very difficult, she has been through a refined program with BPA for 7 years. But hard work paid off, today she is living an independent life and she also helps BPA to make these art work.
There have been serval good cases; and more and more people are accepting the reality. Parents come with their child’s difficulty at a younger age, thus they learn faster. Ishan and Raja are examples of such early age help,both of them are mentally challenged. But from what I have seen, they are more dedicated and engrossed in their work than you and me.
The aim here is turning their limited abilities into something productive. We want them to work, and earn their share, we want them to support their family instead of being dependent on them. So next time you find some time and just visit BPA, take a tour and see it for yourself.
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