Panaji: A full-fledged centre for the deafblind will be thrown open at Tabra Vaddo, Saligao, on Thursday.The centre, supported by Sense International India and the Hans Foundation, will cater to educational, vocational and therapeutic needs of children and young adults with deafblindness as well as those with multisensory impairment.
“The entire spectrum of facilities from educational and vocational to physiotherapy, speech therapy and medical nutrition support to help with overall development will be provided under a single roof. Home-based services will continue to those who are not in a position to access the centre,” deafblind project coordinator Elisha Fernandes told TOI.
Since 2012, Caritas has reached out to 65 children and young adults under the deafblind project. Its educators assist 36 children, equipping them with life skills and helping them improve their quality of life.
A combination of vision and hearing loss, the unique disability creates challenges in communication, mobility and access to information, sometimes leaving children feeling isolated.
Deafblind children also develop additional physical, sensory and learning difficulties, but have made tremendous progress with the intervention of special educators.
“The home-based services have been a regular feature, where functional activities like helping the children to overcome their daily challenges, communication skills through sign language, vocational and educational training programmes were covered through several activities,” said director of Caritas, Fr Maverick Fernandes. [TOI]