A shared vision

Parents of nine youngsters with special needs come up with a master plan to secure the latter’s future


Any parent will at times wonder what their child will do after they are gone. For parents of a child with special needs, this can be a constant worry.

At a house in Perungudi, parents of nine children with special needs have put this worry to rest — well, almost to rest. These children were at school together and, as grown-ups now, they are working together at a vocational centre masterminded by their parents. The initiative is largely sustained by mothers.

The youngsters are engaged in four vocational activities — making paper bags and gift articles, retailing groceries and cutting vegetables. These activities have been cherry-picked keeping in mind the different challenges faced by them, and also the different abilities they bring to the table.

“As a group, these children deal with various conditions, which include Down’s syndrome, cerebral-palsy and autism,” says Meenakshi Narayanan, mother of Ganesh Narayanan, one of the nine youngsters who are part of this initiative. The Narayanans live in Perungudi and have opened their home for the initiative.

(The other eight are: T.V. Karthik from Mylapore, S. Pradeep from West Mambalam, Vidhya Shankar from Aadambakkam, R. Sowmya from Adyar, M. Nivedhitha from Thiruvanmiyur, A. Ayushmathi from Madipakkam, N. Vignesh from Velachery and R. Valli from Thoraipakkam.) These youngsters are in the age group of 25 to 40.....Read more


Source web page:The Hindu

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