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Colour Me Right

Colour Me Right

Dominant Red…Bristling blue, Calming White…Soothing Green

Every colour is different, so is their story…

 As Indians we celebrate every festival with great zeal and enthusiasm and Holi is one of the festivals that everyone, irrespective of their age, loves to celebrate.  But do we know what the true significance of this festival really is?

For some, Holi is the festival of togetherness, for some it’s a celebration of good triumphing over evil and for others, it is just the mix of Bhaang and Gulal. At Ponty Chadha Foundation, we have given this festival a meaning of our own, which is ‘Colour Me Right.’

Just like different colours, every child is unique with a gleaming heart, vibrant dreams and a vivid aura of their own. Keeping this in mind we say, let’s not misjudge, let’s not put labels, let’s not crush a blooming future, but colour them right- like they deserve to be!

Disabled or not, every child has a pristine heart and a special ability of their own.

As the festival of Holi approaches, let’s break the stereotypes caging us and sprinkle the colours of love over these special souls who look upto us for support, nurturing and respect.

As Adriana Alarcon rightly says, “Colours are brighter when the mind is open. “

This Holi, open the doors of your hearts and welcome everyone as equal and share the greatest joys and deepest sorrows of all as one.

Happy Holi! :)

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Parenthood has its own set of challenges, but when it comes to being a parent to a child with special needs has its own set of unique challenges. Though it is easier said than done that with a specially-abled child be supportive, keep no expectations and take each day as it comes. Each day has newer challenges and even unique ways to meet them.

No matter what type of disability your child has – moderate or severe – you want to make sure that she is receiving the best opportunities possible. Though they deserve customised learning techniques, many in our society understand that but seldom do such children get the much needed motivation.

They may feel like they aren’t being challenged enough, or they may feel as if they simply can’t achieve the goals that are set forth for them just because of their disability. This lack of motivation can have a huge impact on their education. It’s all up there, if it’s in their that they cannot do it, nothing else can push them towards it!

Here are some and fun and realistic strategies, you can create a special education timeline that will help your special needs child achieve and succeed in her educational endeavors:

Help Them Focus:

Get involved in their day-to-day education schedule. Instill them with newer aspirations each day and make them aware of the possibilities they have. Once you can gauge their interest,  help to chalk out a stronger plan in that direction with courses to study and places to enroll. When they see someone so interested in their life and career, they will feel all the more motivated.

Discuss Goals:

Communicate more and more with such children. They should know you expect them to fly higher, however, be careful as you don’t want to pressure them or make them feel obligated to do something. But, carefully make them understand that you are also connected and hope for bigger and better things for them to achieve the goals.

Be a Guide:

Stress is the last thing you want the child to suffer with. Be their coach, a friend and guide. Cheer them, scold them wherever necessary, like any other normal child. Let them know that they are doing a good job and you are there to hold their back, incase they fall.

Be her support system, as this can make an already unmotivated child even less motivated.

Give Rewards:

Rewarding means a lot in these foundation years of your special child. Carefully choose rewards that are beneficial. Don’t offer something superficial or out of bounds for achieving a goal and rather take something that will further benefit them. For example, if she achieves her goal of getting a specific grade on a history test, reward her with a trip to a museum so she can have a first-hand experience with the history she learnt.

Make Sure it’s Fun:

Monotonous and mundane ways of doing work can be highly demotivating.

Try to make tasks as fun, constructive and enjoyable as possible.

If the specially abled children around you is suffering from a lack of motivation, employing these techniques will help to ignite the fire in their desires to achieve and succeed and help them outshine their own image of themselves, as it all in the mind. Let’s help them move MIND OVER MATTER!

MBCN Launches e-Cart Facility to Support Efforts of Special Children

MBCN Launches e-Cart Facility to Support Efforts of Special Children

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Imparting education and teaching valuable skills that help somebody become financially independent is not just a great way to support an individual or a family, but also an undeniable way to contribute towards the upliftment of our society. Needless to say, education helps a person build confidence, learn new skills, gain experience and earn a decent living.
The vocational wing of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, Swayam is an initiative of the Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF) that helps specially-abled children become self-dependent. On the 16th of this January, MBCN launched an e-commerce portal on its website (www.mbcnschool.org) through which people can buy beautiful handmade products crafted by these specially-abled children.
These eco-friendly products range from stationery items, paper bags and packaging boxes to baskets, wedding gifts and other household items. The students of MBCN school are trained by experts who help them create such beautiful merchandise. Many corporates and business houses have already procured gift items and packing material from these special children. The school acknowledges their efforts, and distributes proceeds from the sales among the children.
The vocational training program by PCF instils confidence in children with special needs – children who are suffering from speech impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and various other mental and physical conditions. It teaches them that their determination and efforts are greater than any or all apprehensions they might have about their abilities.
To buy or browse through these elegant and attractive items handcrafted by our talented students, please visit: www.mbcnschool.org/shop

Vaakya – Giving voice to the voiceless

Vaakya – Giving voice to the voiceless

In this era of connectivity, how would you feel if you lose your ability to express your opinion? How would you feel if you lose your voice?
The question asked above is the reality of millions of people worldwide. Some can’t speak since birth, while some others have lost their voice to accidents or diseases.

Being mute affects a person’s life in many ways, the most significant being the need to communicate via gestures and/or other alternative methods. However, there are many in the world who aren’t just mute, but also victims of major disorders like Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

To help those with such severe communication problems, we have designed Vaakya, an application for smartphones that will break down every communication and language barrier that speech-impaired people face. It is a picture-based app which acts as a means of augmentative and alternative communication, one that can be customised by users according to their special needs.

Special Features
● With customisation at its core, Vaakya comes equipped with some amazing and feasible features. For instance, you don’t need internet connectivity to make it work. Vaakya can operate without it as well.
● Multiple User Accounts – To keep data of different students and patients more organised. This feature benefits parents, teachers, guardians, doctors and many others.

How does it work?
While using Vaakya, you can audio record full sentences in any desirable language and associate them with a picture. The speech associated with the corresponding action can be recorded and played back in any language, providing greater flexibility. This makes it easier for others to recognise any form of communication and identify exactly what has been said. Through multiple user accounts, moreover, the app can also help segregate accounts of individuals according to their unique actions and speech specifications.

Vaakya is available free of cost on Google Play Store.
Download it here: http://bit.ly/2lLag23

Yaadein Bachpan Ki: Celebrations at MBCN

Yaadein Bachpan Ki: Celebrations at MBCN

February 16 – the day we all look forward to! Every year on this very date, we celebrate the annual function of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, our school for children with special needs.

Established in 1999, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN) is a dream come true envisioned by the Late Shri Gurdeep (Ponty) Singh Chadha, founder of the Wave Group.

Annual Day ‘17

Nurturing their aspirations and building their future, MBCN is not just a school, but a promise made to every specially-abled child – a promise of better learning, better opportunities and a better life.

To celebrate the bond of togetherness that we share with our students, we celebrated our 18th Annual Day under the theme, ‘Yaadein Bachpan Ki’.

Starting from Ganpati Vandana, students presented many innovative musical and dance acts during the function, drenching the whole stage in the many colours of their childhood. Some captivated the audience by recreating ‘The Jungle Book’ while some mesmerised one and all by performing the Rajasthani Ghoomar. Students also performed a satirical silent act on smartphones and their ills, before stealing the show with ‘Navrai Manjhi’, the Maharashtrian wedding song. Each act was so well thought out and executed that it left everyone spellbound at the function.

Saying it with Vaakya

Performances aside, the main attraction of the day was the launch of our mobile application, Vaakya.

Vaakya is a picture-based app designed for people who are either speech impaired or affected by autism, cerebral palsy and other similar mental or physical conditions.

Addressing the audience, the Director of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, Ms. Vandana Sharma said, “We strive hard each day to empower and make our students independent. As we celebrate 18 wonderful years of this great institution, we have undertaken some very innovative methods to bring the specially-abled children into the mainstream. We have successfully facilitated our students to find employment in reputed companies.”

Reaching out with E-Commerce

Along with Vaakya, this occasion also witnessed the launch of our online shopping portal integrated with MBCN’s website: www.mbcnschool.org

Allowing customers to purchase handcrafted products at affordable prices online, the e-cart has been launched to embrace and appreciate the hardwork of the students of the MBCN ‘Swayam’ wing. Unveiling the launch, Vice Chairman, Wave Group, Mr. Manpreet Singh Chadha said, “It was my father’s vision to create an environment where children with special needs could become socially and economically independent; and today taking his dream a step further we have launched an APP and an e-commerce portal. This APP will help the specially-abled in communicating efficiently as it is picture based. It will help people who are speech impaired, affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions. On the other hand, the income generated from the e-commerce portal will be given to students for their skill as an encouragement for their hard work. These initiatives will give an impetus to our on-going efforts in bringing vital changes to the lives of hundreds of children.”

Every student at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan is a part of our extended family, and we’re more than glad to have spent a wonderful day celebrating their efforts and hardwork.

A Celebration of Patriotic Zeal at MBCN

A Celebration of Patriotic Zeal at MBCN

“Citizenship consists in the service of the country.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

Although India became a free nation on August 15, 1947, it declared itself a sovereign, democratic and republic state on January 26, 1950 with the adoption of our constitution.
When the Indian constitution took effect, it made the Republic of India the most populous democracy in the world.

The transition of India from a British colony to a sovereign, secular and democratic nation was indeed historic. A look into the journey that led to this transition will make our celebrations more meaningful. 68 years ago, the unfurling of the Indian national flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the birth of the Indian Republic on January 26, 1950. Since then, we have celebrated this day with pride by inviting guests from all over the world to witness our country’s valour. This year, the guest of honour in our Republic Day Parade was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The day was celebrated with festivities and patriotic fervour all around the country. Much like the Republic Day hoisting of our tricolour at Red Fort, the sight of celebrations at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan too were no less exciting. Students were soaked in the patriotic spirit and celebrated our 68th Republic Day with great joy and pride on 25th January, 2017.

The day began by unfurling the national flag and singing the national anthem in solemnity, followed by the students pledging to uphold the honour, integrity and diversity of India.

Special Performances

Showcasing their special talents, students from the H.I. (Hearing Impaired) wing performed a skit inspired by the journey of Indian freedom fighters and paid a special tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh for their salient contributions made for the country.

To conclude the ceremony, Dr. Vandana Sharma, Director & Principal, MBCN addressed the students and inspired them to always give their best, serve the country at all costs and be proud Indians. The students dispersed with the image of the fluttering tricolour etched in their minds.

Christmas Celebration at MBCN School

Christmas Celebration at MBCN School

Christmas is the time for family and friends to come together, and there’s no better way to get in the merry spirit than hosting or attending a Winter Carnival. This Christmas Eve, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan was nothing less than a winter wonderland where we all gathered together to celebrate the zest of this amazing festival with the colours of fun and fervour.

The Highlights
With delicious food, interactive games, and lucky draws and prizes for attendees at every corner, we went the extra mile at our Winter Carnival to bring the magic of Christmas to life. It was a real treat for anyone in the spirit of the season.

Gifts Galore
Thanks to their handmade products and gifts on display, the ‘Swayam’ wing became the de facto Santa Claus at MBCN Winter Carnival. They had something special to offer for everyone, and the handiwork of the students was appreciated by one and all.

Special Guests
The carnival was graced by the appearance of our special guest, the famous and adorable Chhota Bheem. The presence of other tableaus of the animated world made the festivities even more magical for the children.

Not only did our students participate in the carnival, teachers and parents too helped made the event a grand success. While teachers performed live musicals, dances and acts, parents too didn’t miss a chance to rock the stage.

Leaving no stone unturned to sprinkle the magic of their love, the carnival area was wholly decorated by our students themselves.
In case you missed out on being a part of the grandeur, you can still witness the fun we had by clicking on this link → http://bit.ly/2i6L9SU

We wish you all a very Happy New Year and we look forward to organising many more of these events in the years to come.

Rights of Persons With Disabilities Bill: More power to PwD

Rights of Persons With Disabilities Bill: More power to PwD

Human Rights are for us all, but seldom do we see our society uphold these rights without any social or political bias. In that regard, the ‘Rights for Persons with Disabilities Bill’ has indeed come a long way, now amended and shaped to herald a more accommodating future.

Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPWD) Bill:
The principal act for the empowerment of Persons with disabilities was the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. It was enforced 20 years back. In the years that followed, however, there have been drastic changes in the disability sector such as understanding disability and its social model of definition, new technology and process of rehabilitation etc.

The new Bill with amendments proposes to repeal the existing Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

The revised bill has come as a boon for many. With the types of disabilities having been increased from 7 to 21, and the Central Government holding the power to add more types in the future, the bill is a much-awaited move to effectuate the Indian government’s ‘Accessible India’ program.

The historic announcement was made on the occasion of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (3rd December). It saw the first-time inclusion of speech and language disability and specific learning disability, while acid attack victims, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy etc. were added as separate classes of specified disability. The new categories of disabilities also included three blood disorders: thalassemia, hemophilia and sickle cell disease.

This bill also provides for penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities. Designated special courts have been proposed to handle cases concerning violation of rights of PwDs, thus accommodating the long-pending concern of whether or not we legally cover all types of disabilities.

Further, additional benefits for persons with benchmark disabilities and those with high support needs have been included. For instance, every child with benchmark disability between the age group of 6 and 18 years shall have the right to free education, while reservations in government jobs for certain persons or class of persons with benchmark disability have been increased from 3% to 4%. To provide financial support to the persons with disabilities, the creation of National and State Funds has been proposed. The need to ensure accessibility in public buildings in a prescribed time-frame has also been stressed upon.

Another highlight from the bill is that it provides penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities. To handle cases concerning violation of rights of PwDs, the bill proposes the immediate designation of special courts.

This bill has given rise to expectations that it will be adopted at all institutions and public or private bodies in India at both national and state levels to achieve true empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in a satisfactory manner.

MBCN Sports Festival 2016

MBCN Sports Festival 2016

‘Let me win but if I can’t win, let me be brave in my attempts’
— Special Olympics Athlete’s oath

This motto of Special Olympics is all about finding the courage to give it all one has got, give their hundred per cent, come whatever may. This special quote from the oath sworn by the athletes at the Special Olympics isn’t just a rhetorical statement but a fact that students at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan believe in and recently reflected at their Sports Festival.

Around 600 athletes participated in various sports activities of MBCN Sports Festival in the grounds of Genesis Global school. The sunny November morning, saw a variety of sports which gave the specially abled students of MBCN an opportunity to display their impressive capabilities, more than what is seen. It’s always more about the sheer efforts and hope to rise above all odds. Sports provide with the opportunity of competition, to grow in confidence, & improve health, skills, & abilities.

The MBCN Sports Festival was graced by and was a successful one under the guidance of Dr. Vandana Sharma, Director and Principal, MBCN; who has always believed in identifying and nurturing her students’ skills beyond disability.

The festival saw events like 25 mtrs Assisted Walking competition, Softball throw across various age groups and wings at MBCN and the ancient game of BOCCE, which was a delight and was participated by the Swayam wing

Each and every event was modified to suit the physical abilities so that every individual could showcase their potential is the best way possible. Proud parents and happy teachers were excited and cheered all the students throughout! Also, refreshment, support and first aid teams were actively engaged to ensure successful completion of this annual affair.

MBCN Sports Festival was indeed an occasion which proved yet again that it is special to have tears of sheer joy when one scores, receives a medal, hugs a friend to celebrate their success or gives me thumbs up to a friend… It was a day that provided opportunities, removed isolation and boosted self confidence of many! We hope to continue, support and cherish with such endeavors in future.

MBCN celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

MBCN celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Every year on the 3rd of December, the world celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Promoted by United Nations, the day is observed to permeate an understanding of disability issues, mobilise support and sensitise our community towards the disabled. Everyone deserves the chance to live a life of dignity in a peaceful and prosperous world. The observance of this day is an attempt by the UN and its member countries to make sure that people with disabilities get the rights they deserve and are well integrated into every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN) A vocational training school for run under The Ponty Chadha Foundation, is also observing International Day of Persons with Disabilities in its own unique way. Come tomorrow, the students of MBCN will visit various locations in Delhi-NCR and meet people from all walks of life to make them aware of the plight and rights of the disabled. It is an initiative with the sole agenda of helping the masses realise that people with disabilities if given equal opportunities, can lead dignified lives as progressive citizens of the nation.

Along with staff members, these MBCN students will visit different places in the city, request people to click selfies, and give away balloons with smileys on them. Students would then share these pictures on their social networking sites with the hashtag ‘beyond disability’. Besides spreading this noble thought, MBCN students would also present a sapling to the heads of various institutes and offices, to be planted on this solemn occasion in support of their ‘right to breathe’.