Ammi Reaching Heights
Ammi is a 19 years old orphan girl with intellectual impairment. Today she presents herself as a confident and an independent girl with reasonably good independent living skills. It is 10 years of tireless journey that has enabled her to blossom to this level of independence….
Ammi was one of the 5 children from Guild of service requested Swayamkrushi to give shelter and habilitate children with disabilities. The team, which went to Guild of service to see the children with disabilities could not resist the charm of Ammi. She with her sparkling eyes and an alluring smile won over our hearts and became one of the four children to come to a new home-Swayamkrushi. The journey embarked on 05 -07-2000 is the date-of joining.
Ammi had very good motor skills and yet was dependent for her daily living activities. She had good receptive language but had an inappropriate expressive language with articulation problem as well as rudimentary social skills. The biggest challenge was to manage her behavior problems. She had attention seeking behavior, would throw tantrums, would hurl abuses at her peers, and would defecate on the floor of the toilet and not on the commode. It was not an easy task to habilitate her. s
The tireless efforts of the special educators and caretakers under the guidance of Ms. Manjulaa Kalyaan coupled with effective behavior management strategies helped her to transform into a productive member of the society. Ammi had no aptitude towards education, hence more emphasis was laid on developing employability skills. Functional academics were introduced and she was put in vocational training.
Ammi Learning Number Concept
Within a span of 5 years, she picked up sight vocabulary of survival words, personal belongings and provisions which were reinforced in the group home where she lived. She learnt tailoring skills, weighing, sealing and stacking, paper bag making and so on. In a nutshell, she learnt to work in a team.
Ammi Exhibiting her products.
The first breakthrough towards economic empowerment came through in the year 2001 when she was selected and recruited at FOOD WORLD. She worked there for a period of two years. She was then moved to Taj Krishna Hotel for a higher salary. She made a name for herself there. She became the most loved person in the department of housekeeping. Due to policy issues she could not continue at Taj Krishna.
Ammi at house keeping section-Hotel Taj krishna
Ammi in the tailoring unit
Ammi participating in Action aid programme
Ammi performing at National Seminar
Ammi participating in Action aid programme
Ammi bagged first prize in Atheletics
Ammi playing hand ball
Ammi marching on Republic day
Ammi representing AP in Special Olymics
Ammi with peers
Ammi’s transformation is not complete. There is still resistance from her side and need firm instructions. Ammi’s ambition is to head a group home. A few years down the lane we are sure her ambition will come true. Ammi is a true inspiration for many more students and special educators.
She has the ability to dance and sing. She participated in all the cultural programmes organised by Swayamkrushi and shown her ability in dancing and singing. She is also good at tailoring her stitches Jute bags, cloth bags and also do embroidery. Gayatri will also assist the caregivers in the group home by helping their peers. She also participates in March fast in Republic day every year in special contingent.
V.V.N.Bharath kumar success story in words of his mother
V. V. N. Bharath was born on 26/12/1982. Now he is 30 years old. He was born through forceps delivery with a delayed birth cry. He did not cry as soon as he was born, he was put in an incubator for 3days. He started having fits by the age of 5 months, and he was not having the normal developmental milestones such as holding his head, or recognising people etc. He always looked at one side only. When he started having fits, he was shown to Dr. Hanumantha Rao, who examined him and diagnosed him of being mild mental retardation with cerebral palsy and vision problem. He advised him for physiotherapy and eye check up. The physiotherapist advised me for his spinal -cord and neck support prescribed for special chair with neck and back correction.
The boy was unable to sit and stand. So, we used a special chair which gives support to his spinal cord. We took special care for 3 years at home. The child got physiotherapy for one year. Due to financial problems, I stopped to visit to physiotherapy center and I started giving physiotherapy and intervention at home. He was taken to Sarojini eye hospital for an eye test as Dr. Hanumantha Rao said he might be having eye sight problem and colour blindness.For overcoming the vision problem doctors advised the child to be in colourful surroundings with colourful dresses, toys, etc.. This practice was followed and also exercises done for 3 to 4 years. Then the seizures subsided in one year. When the boy started speaking with a small little words and he started playing by himself by not mingling with his peer group. So we joined him at normal school for education at 5years age. He learnt well and answered orally all questions, but was unable to write much. He was able to receipt rhymes and small poems nicely. Whenever music was heard from outside, he used to put his head to the wall and listen to that music and showed much interest in it. This way he came up to 5th class in normal school. But suddenly he started having fits again and which brought about many changes in him, then he was joined in a Thakur Hariprasad institute for mentally challenged, Hyderabad there he was trained for one year. Due to the distance problem, he was again joined in the nearby Shradha special school in 1997.
He was given training at NIMH, Secunderabad to participate in sports by week basis. He got first prize in the music competition on world disability day 1998.after that he got so many prizes in singing competitions through his grasping power of lyrics and music. In 2003 he joined for vocational training at Sri Guru Sankalpam special school. There he was trained in making files, phenyl, cleaning powder and paper plate making.Bharath participated in INAS-FID at JAPAN in 2002 as a football player and his team got 16th place. Later on he participated in many games and sports events and achieved many prizes and medals. Bharath received Best student and Best sports award from Shri guru sankalpam special school. Bharath also went to Greece and participated in Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Athens. He got 4th, 5th and 7th places in cycling events. Bharath participated in PARIVAAR programmes. He gives vocational training to his peers