The Thought Behind: The integration of a differently abled individual has to start from home. The recognition that a child is differently abled should be the starting point of his training. Education is basically an understanding of our surroundings, situations, and results of various actions, and the response to it. This understanding can make education, accessible to all.
Being differently abled is only a matter of social perception. The initial phase of integration of a differently abled child should begin at home. The sense of touch, from the mother, the recognition of sounds from other family members and nature, the recognition of shapes make up the first steps of education. All languages are essentially recognition of various sounds and shapes. Every written alphabet in the world is a variant of basic shapes. There is no alphabet that is not an integration of shapes.
The next step is the association of these children with their peer group, especially at school. The interaction is not necessarily easy and often not forthcoming. The freedom with which children mingle can hit a hindrance in the form of parental objection. This means that the society needs to be educated too. Spreading awareness is the first necessary step to allowing free association of a differently abled child with peer groups and educational institution.
The third and final phase is the integration of the individual with the society. The assimilation of an individual with various social functions is the final step into a social living. For this the individual needs to be opened to regular day to day functions like, shopping, interacting with unfamiliar faces etc.
Snehajyothi is a project that tries to integrate a differently abled person with the society at large. It is no secret that there is an ability of some sort latent in every being. These talents, when brought to the fore can, make a differently abled person an integral part of the society.
Swasthi Foundation, with the partnership of SAI-LNCPE and Shantigiri Ashram is now setting forth on a mission, that was once considered a dream, but now being proven as easily possible. Snehajyothi is a realization of this concept, one that can easily be taken up by individuals, groups and organization. Only if you had the will.
Snehajyothi has now covered 3 camps and the 4th is ongoing. Being given training and exposure in various skills, art forms, and games, and the progress being monitored frequently, the latent talents are recognised and encouraged. The children who are currently attending the camps, from CIMR, have already shown marked improvement. Six children who took up Karate, attended the National Meet and made a mark is an example to the point..
There are various organization and individuals who deserve a gratitude in this aspect.