Care and Rehabilitation
Most deafblind children experience social exclusion and are denied the right to a dignified life. We believe education is a medium of social change and inclusion aimed at building daily living skills, communication, social, behavioural and vocational skills apart from literacy. Our methodology builds around the communication attempts made by a deafblind child, be it just simple sounds, facial expressions, words, signs, braille or print words.
We teach daily living skills such as bathing, personal hygiene and eating; mobility training such as learning to move from one place to another safely; and communication skills such as learning to ask for their needs or expressing themselves.
Home Based Programmes
We deliver specialist services to the homes of deafblind children through home-based care. Experience shows that when a deafblind child learns successfully in the presence of his or her family, the family members are much more likely to have positive and supportive attitudes about their child's potential and it improves the family's ability to care for their child. In addition, home-based care often includes picnics and outings, parents' meetings, and festivals, which bring neighbours and community together with deafblind children and their families. This helps increase people's understanding about disability, and reduce stigma associated with it.
Community Based Rehabilitation
To deliver services for deafblind children and adults at a greater proportion in remote and rural areas, we have developed a community based programme that identifies and trains local field workers and volunteers to provide support for health, education and vocational services.
Caring for a deafblind child can be cumbersome and demanding, resulting in family members, especially mothers, going through a lot of physical and emotional stress as well as being unable to take part in social and work obligations. To address this, we run a series of respite care services in strategic locations throughout the country that allow parents to keep their deafblind children for short stays, while the parents are able to fulfill other obligations or go to work.