Civic body opens braille li­brary, launches cour­ses for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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.

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