29 September, 2020

Beads, Chocolates And Smiles

Identify their talents and train and support them. The differently abled can be self-reliant.

Beads, Chocolates And Smiles
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Working at Om Creations is a nine to five job like any other—well, almost. The employees are mentally challenged women, primarily with Down Syndrome, anywhere between the ages of 19 and 54—a proof that the differently abled can live self-reliant lives if their talents are channelised productively. "Anyone trained with affection can have a purpose in life," says Ranjana Mahadevia, project-in-charge.

They’re graduates of Mumbai’s S.P.J. Sadhana School, where they’ve spent five years acquiring vocational training in catering and hospitality or creative visual arts and crafts. While the male graduates of the school are often absorbed into the mainstream workforce, the females—who are more vulnerable to exploitation—find the going tougher.

This is where Om Creations comes in. In 1991, special educator Dr Radhike Khanna and a few parents put their heads together, united by the firm resolve that special education for the mentally challenged must be matched by employment opportunities. The Om Creations Trust was formed to provide gainful employment and a life of...

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