Civic body opens braille library, launches courses for children with disabilities
VASHI: Only the third braille library in the state and a series of vocational courses were inaugurated at NMMC’s Education and Training Centre (ETC) for persons with disabilities at Vashi on Thursday. December 3 was observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The ETC has planned a series of programmes and activities all through December to create awareness amongst the citizens on disability.
The inauguration was attended by mayor Sudhakar Sonawane, deputy mayor Avinash Lad, municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare, house leader Jaywant Sutar, ETC director Varsha Bhagat.
On the occasion, a Braille library and computer course were initiated by ETC in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s foundation and Sambhav tailoring course was launched in collaboration with Amedhi and Inner Wheel Club. A book binding course in collaboration with vocational rehabilitation centre (VRC) was also started on the occasion.
The programme was marked with a street play and puppet show.
Certificates were also presented by the dignitaries to the students with hearing disability who have successfully completed a repair of home appliance course initiated by ETC in collaboration with VRC.
The programme ended with the singing of the national anthem by the special children and releasing of balloons to indicate that the sky is the limit for the special individuals.
“The braille library has various books for curriculum study and for leisure purpose. The computer, tailoring and book binding course have been initiated to make persons with disability, earning and contributing members of the society,” said Bhagat.
Bhagat added various activities have been planned to be conducted throughout the months.
Street plays will be conducted at crowded public places to create awareness about disability. Puppet shows are specially planned to reach out to the younger age group.
Under Z link programme,
the staff of ETC will reach out to people in school, colleges, hospital and day care centres to spread information about various issues of people with disabilities and service given through the centre.
“We also want to encourage inclusive and integrated education in mainstream school for which we have planned felicitation of principals who encourage such practices in their school,” said Bhagat.
Mayor Sudhakar Sonawane, said, “It is a sheer joy to be part of such a programme and be with these special children on this special day. The NMMC will do all it can to promote these kids and ensure that their talent is recognised.”
Vashi residents spend time with students of Karmveer Bhaurao Patil College on Thursday.
A student being taught how to use a sewing machine at the NMMC’s Education and Training Centre.
Children read books at the braille library at the NMMC’s Education and Training Centre (ETC) in Vashi on Thursday.