“I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.”
- Robert M. Hensel
Special Care Center
Special Care Center is a special school for children with hearing imairment and learning disability from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. The school provides excellent infrastructure, ample facilities and a child-friendly environment.
The school aims to empower these students, both socially and financially, through provision of holistic education. Focus is also on promoting sports, dance, music, arts and crafts.
Annually, upto 250 differently-abled children study at Save The Children India's Special Care Center.
The curriculum is set upon 5 levels, enhancing the development of:
- Self Help Skills
- Speech and Language Skills
- Academic Skills
- Psycho-social Skills
- Motor Skills
Apart from education, the Special Care Center provides children with daily nutritious meals and a daily commute to and from the school.
Section for Students with Learning Disability:
The main objective is to ensure self-reliance of students by developing their skills through vocational training and preparing them for prospective employment.
Typically, students are in the age category of 3 to 18 years and procure admission on the basis of various parameters, the most important being their IQ level. Their education is administered by special educators who teach various concepts and conduct exams to evaluate students on the same. We have initiated the NIOS curriculum in order to enable students to pursue education up to Standard 10.
Section For Students with Hearing Impairment:
Students belonging to classes from pre-primary to Standerd 10 follow the standardized State curriculum i.e. Secondary School Certificate. For students of pre-primary section, the aim is to develop speech and language skills in terms of verbal communication through storytelling, etc. In addition to academics, basic computer literacy is also provided to the students.
In March 2013, for the first time, 10 students with hearing impairment appeared for their SSC Board Exam and all of them Passed with distinction! Ever since, our students have appeared for this crucial examination year-after-year and have achieved great results.
- 13 students with Hearing Impairment appeared for the SSC Board Examination, all of whom passed the exam.
- Oral-Aural method of teaching introduced in 2 classes for students with Hearing Impairment.
- Through Vishesh Cup – an inter-school cricket tournament hosted by Save The Children India, differently-abled children from various special schools, including Special Care Center, received a platform to express their sporting talent.
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Vipul Jain is an 18 year old student with learning disbility. As a 5 year old child, he suffered from low self-esteem since he had faced discrimination from his neighbours owing to his ‘disability’.
Being born in a slum community of Mumbai, he had no access to learning opportunities. Fortunately, Vipul’s family learned about Special Care Center and enrolled him here. Due to his low self-esteem, he cried a lot in the first year of school. His teachers made every effort to put him at ease with the class and school environment.
He was soon identified by the school’s sports coach and was trained in various games. As a young, keen and eager child, Vipul took to sports like fish to water! His induction into sports not only enhanced his sporting talent but also enhanced his personality and confidence immensely. He developed the sportsman spirit and excelled at both individual and group games.
Over the years, Vipul won medals and trophies in inter-school and intra-school sports meets. He also won medals and trophies in State and National-level contests. In 2014, he was selected by Special Olympics to represent India for softball at the International-level World Games, held in Los Angeles, USA. As part of Team India, Vipul played extraordinarily and brought home two Gold medals.
Born in the town of Vaibhav Wadi in Maharashtra, Pravin Bambarkar was deprived of basic facilities such as quality healthcare. He contracted chicken pox at the age of 2, which brought him to Mumbai to seek medical assistance. Shockingly, the doctors diagnosed him with hearing loss. Pravin belonged to a low-income family and did not have the means to pay for expensive therapies. At the same time, Pravin’s father- the only earning family member- passed on.
Special Care Center identified Pravin in its field survey and enrolled him for pre-primary education. He was a mischievous and uncooperative student. His mentors took immense efforts to educate and discipline him. Most importantly, the founder of Save The Children India, Mrs. Vipula Kadri, paid close attention to his progress. Pravin started showing the passion for arts and craft. His talents in drawing, dancing and mimicry were patiently honed. After completing his studies, he joined the school’s staff as an assistant drawing teacher.
Today, Pravin continues to teach art and craft to differently-abled students. Through the school, he has participated in National and International competitions and won numerous awards, medals and titles. In 2014, he aced the Pottery competition held at the 4th National Abilympics in Chandigarh. He also represented India for Pottery at the 5th International Abilympics 2016 held in Boreaux, France and won the 4th prize!
Mr. Bart Karis | CEO - Zeeman TextielSupers
The school in India, which has been set up in co-operation with Save The Children India, is an example for Zeeman of how you can really contribute by spirit and co-operation to the development of children with a speech- or hearing handicap. We are proud that we can help this school, which is carried by enthusiastic people, and which is a great example for all of us.