Couple of my friends have special children. This has given me some insight into how much additional care is required for the special children. Whatever little I could understand, it made me realize on how critical it is to their parents to constantly look for help to support and coach few basic life skills to their special children. The biggest fear they go through is “how my special child will face the world after me?” and “how much I can coach the child on the basic life skills so that the child can atleast sustain independently”.
I hear the facilities and support for the special children and the acceptance from society is comparatively better in developed countries in North America and Europe. In India it still needs a lot of improvement when it comes to bringing up a special child.
I recently bumped into this smart lady, who use to be my neighbour couple of years back – she is an engineer by profession and it is almost couple of years since I met with her – on that evening, when I met her, we were exchanging the regular pleasantries and checking about each other’s life – family, work, children, time management, festivals…….and what I heard from her was very inspiring.
She has completely shifted her field from engineering to teaching – as a special education teacher in one of the best schools in Bangalore. She has done the required special courses to qualify as a special education teacher in the last two years. I could see the passion in her – she said “you know what is difficult in India? It is still lack of awareness about the need to handle the special children specially – lack of awareness to consider them as a child who needs some additional support in their development and seamlessly interweave them into the regular curriculum…believe me, it takes lots and lots of effort and challenges even with well-educated crowd – even the teachers in the school need lot of coaxing to make this happen – I read a lot, I fight for the special children’s rights at school and I keep looking at what the other countries are doing for them – it takes a lot of my effort – my spouse keeps telling me that I am stressing myself on this ……….but, I want to do it and make the difference in whatever small way to these kids…..”
I was so touched by her passion and for the right cause – I congratulated her and said that it takes lot of courage to do the right thing and stand for it. It honestly makes me feel so energized to see such determination in woman and I am sure she is going to make a difference for the special children and their parents! All the very best and God bless!