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Nothing Is Impossible: Five Heroes Who Beat All Odds – MBCN

Nothing Is Impossible: Five Heroes Who Beat All Odds – MBCN

The journey of life is not an easy one. At certain times during this journey, you might be brutally bombarded with challenges that leave you thoroughly discouraged. This shouldn’t stop you from dreaming big.

A group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood, cerebral palsy is one such challenge. The symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles and tremors, depending on the severity of the case. Albeit a deadly disorder, CP can be overcome with a little support and a lot of courage.

Every year, World Cerebral Palsy Day is observed globally to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. Here’s a list of people with cerebral palsy who have inspired many with their bravery and vision.

 

Bonner Paddock

Bonner Paddock

Bonner Paddock was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 11. In 2008, he became the first person with CP to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. In 2012, he broke yet another record, becoming the first person with CP to complete the Ironman Triathlon. He is also the founder and chairperson of the OM Foundation, which raises money to build early-learning centers that provide therapies for children with disabilities. A true inspiration, indeed!

 

Christy Brown

Christy Brown

Christy Brown was an Irish painter, poet and author born with a severe case of cerebral palsy. Incapable of any movement, he learned to speak, read, and write with the help of his mother. He is most famous for his autobiography – My Left Foot. In 1970, Christy published another best-selling autobiographical novel, Down All the Days. People like him make us realise that disease is just a word.

 

Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell is an American actress, author and motivational speaker. Defying the odds,  she received national recognition for being the first person with cerebral palsy to be cast in a prime-time television series. In 2011, she published her autobiography titled I’m Walking as Straight as I Can. The book spoke about her experience in Hollywood.

 

Ayush Chamoli

Ayush Chamoli

Ayush Chamoli is an #MBCN student with multiple disorders, including cerebral palsy. A vivacious boy, he has faced each obstacle with admirable courage. Despite the odds, he and his family never gave up. Rather, he used the hardships and setbacks to motivate him to try harder. Kids like him are an inspiration for many!

 

Jatin Kanojia

Jatin Kanojia

Jatin Kanojia is a 25-year-old boy from Ghazipur with cerebral palsy, but he hasn’t let his disability define him. Jatin worked hard as a child, completed his education and joined the Wave Group in 2016 as a computer operator. Despite the odds working against him, Jatin has remained focused towards building a career.

These people are an inspiration for everyone as they made us believe that a disease cannot stop you from achieving your goals. They overcame near-impossible obstacles to show us just how much can be accomplished despite limitations.

Also Read: Indian celebrities who didn’t let their disability get the better of them!

 

Eco Friendly Handmade Products by Special Children from Swayam

Eco Friendly Handmade Products by Special Children from Swayam

Everybody deserves a chance to do something worthwhile for themselves. As children, and later as adults, we’re expected to study well, figure out what we want to do with our lives, develop relevant skills and work towards the attainment of our goals. However, the same isn’t always the case with special children. Due to their disabilities, they’re often denied the opportunity to learn and work like others, and in turn, the opportunity to feel worth something.

At MBCN, children with special needs are given the attention and appreciation they deserve. To help hone their existing skills and develop new ones, they are trained extensively at school.

My Prayer Box by Special Children

Products they make at Swayam include small decorative boxes, notebooks, jewelry boxes, envelopes, office kits, paper bags, and many more. The most widely sold and popular product that they made would be ‘My Prayer Box’. Made with meticulous care, these wooden prayer boxes contains 23 puja items, and are in tune with international quality standards. A huge hit in Indian households, ‘My Prayer Box’ is a harbinger of blessings and peace.

Eco Friendly Handmade Products

We must add, moreover, that these products are not only favorites among families. In fact, multiple brands like Taj Hotels, Hyatt, Nazeer, and Lakshita have chosen to work with ‘Swayam’ over the years. These brands are happy customers of Swayam, and they highly appreciate the products.

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To get your hands on the beautiful products made by these special students, visit: http://www.mbcnschool.org/shop

Communication Milestones That Can Help Identify Early Signs of Hearing Loss

Communication Milestones That Can Help Identify Early Signs of Hearing Loss

Within just months of their birth, most babies begin to hear sounds and recognise the rhythm and melody of voices. They often react to cooing sounds when someone talks to them…but what happens if they don’t?

As children get older, their hearing ability plays an important role in developing speech and language skills. An undetected and untreated hearing problem can have a devastating effect on their ability to learn spoken language. This can eventually hamper their schooling, education, career prospects, relationships and general quality of life.
In the past,  often went undetected until they were around two years old – until it became obvious that he or she hasn’t started talking yet. However, with the advent of new and cost-effective technologies, hearing impairment can be identified and treated at a much younger age.

The following communication milestones can help parents and guardians read all the early signs of hearing loss in a child.

1. Newborn children get startled and jump in response to sudden loud noises, even if they are asleep. They might also try to turn towards the direction of the sound. If you happen to notice that your baby isn’t responding to loud noises, consider it a red flag.

2. A, E, I, O and U – we all are familiar with the five vowels. In fact, most babies start uttering these very early. While the inability to make vowel sounds does not confirm a hearing disability, it may indicate a problem with speech. Either way, it’s worth a visit to your pediatrician’s clinic.

3. Babies are fascinated by sounds, including music and conversations. Our world is a very noisy place, and a newborn should respond to these noises. Pay close attention to how your child reacts when a cell phone rings, or a car honks nearby.

4. In the first 4-8 months of growing up, babbling is the official language of babies – their preferred form of communication. The absence of babbling is one of the most clear signs of your little one having a hearing impairment.

5. Another form of hearing impairment occurs when your baby is capable of hearing, but responds to only a certain set of sounds. This is a case of selective listening.

6. If your child only reacts to vibrating sounds such as a cell-phone or a dryer, he or she may have a problem. Some babies with hearing impairment respond only to such sounds.

7. By the time your child is 12 months old, they should have learned their name. If they don’t yet respond to their name, they might not be hearing you at all.

8. The first words of a baby are magical for parents all around the world. By the time your child is one, they should be uttering single words like ‘ma-ma’ and ‘da-da’. If they don’t, it may be a warning call.Let’s not forget that all of these are just warning signs. They don’t guarantee anything. However, if you suspect anything, consulting a doctor is never a bad idea.

Detecting a hearing impairment as early as possible is a crucial step for your child’s overall development. We, at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, encourage parents to make their child undergo various processes for detection. If your child is born with a hearing loss or develops it at a later stage, he or she can still succeed in life and fulfill all their dreams. That’s precisely why we have special classes for students to learn sign language and acquire special skills through training.

Take a look at our special children teaching us the basics of sign language communication:

Full Inclusion with Sign Language – International Week of the Deaf

Full Inclusion with Sign Language – International Week of the Deaf

“Nothing about us, without us!”

 

To quote author James Charlton, the slogan above “expresses the conviction of people with disabilities that they know what is best for them.” When working with deaf communities or any differently-abled community for that matter, the value of representation must be considered and integrated.

 

The international week of the deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), and it promotes the awareness of human rights and sign language by hosting a variety of events around the globe. Every year, the last week of September witnesses highly concentrated global advocacy to raise awareness about the deaf community on different levels.

 

The students and teachers at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan celebrate this week with great enthusiasm. Under the watchful eye of our teachers, students participate in various programs and events that require them to show their unique talents and express their views. All the events are designed in ways that ensure complete inclusion of the deaf community.

 

This year, to celebrate and empower the hearing impaired, our talented students wrote and performed skits on various social issues like gender discrimination, child abuse and right for education.

 

 

The skits above, performed using sign language, convey powerful messages and strike the right chords. Sign language is an essential tool of communication for tens of thousands of deaf people across the world. But in most cases, limitations in the use of this language make the children and adults who are hearing impaired deprived of their right to communicate with others, and therefore, from enjoying many other rights.

 

Language should be all-inclusive; learning sign language and using it more often can help ensure that. During this International Week of the Deaf, it is important to remember that without the inclusion of the deaf community, we are not only being unfair to our own brethren, but also missing out on their valuable contribution to society.

Why is it important to create an inclusive society with Sign Language?

Why is it important to create an inclusive society with Sign Language?

India is the 7th largest country in the world. Out of the 1.3 billion people that live here, 18 million are hearing impaired. That’s 1% of our entire population. When such a huge number of the Indian population suffers from hearing impairment, isn’t it our duty to build an inclusive society where everyone can live peacefully?

The hearing impaired miss out on a lot of things they actually deserve, and that isn’t right. Someone’s physical disability should not stand in the way of their betterment and improvement.

The inclusion of sign language should start at the very beginning of social interaction – schools. Schools are the one of the first platforms of social engagement children experience. At a young age, children can learn sign language very quickly. This will help them speak ‘without’ speaking, which might prove immensely beneficial for children who aren’t very comfortable verbalising what they are going through. Likewise, learning sign language can teach kids to be empathetic and grasp certain emotions better.

Sign Language

Following are some ways to incorporate sign language in our teaching methods:

  • Signing letters as you teach them.
  • Signing songs that are traditionally sung in the classroom.
  • Signing words used during snack time.
  • Signing numbers, months, days, pledges, names and feelings.

Most commonly used by the hearing impaired, sign language can work wonders for many others, including those who face trouble speaking.

sign language

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan is a school for special children that creates a warm, nurturing environment for students, giving them plenty of scope to excel in academics, communication, social skills, basic application sciences and self-care skills. Our teaching programmes have been developed after careful consideration of our students’ special needs, and our teachers are always committed to making their lives easier.

To learn basic sign language, click here!

A fit and active individual makes a society healthier, and a nation stronger!

A fit and active individual makes a society healthier, and a nation stronger!

The benefits associated with regular physical exercise are innumerable. Not only does it keep one in shape, it also improves the functioning of the brain and builds immunity against several diseases. It is a proven fact that children, when exposed to a variety of sports early in their lives, develop better self-esteem, grasp social skills and communicate new ideas effectively. They are also likely to excel academically, as all the physical work improves blood circulation in the body, including the brain.

With our lives getting busier by the day, we are less likely to devote time to our physical well-being. This is a major cause of obesity and several other related diseases in India. ‘Khelo India’ is a government initiative to restore the forgotten culture of sports in our country at the grassroot level. It envisions to implement a component of physical fitness across all schools. Primarily targeting children, women and the specially-abled community, Khelo India National Fitness Assessment Programme is further divided into 12 verticals. It covers everything from field and coaching development to supporting national, regional and state sports academics.

We, at MBCN, actively work towards including some form of physical exercise or activity in the daily routine of our students. A few months back, our special children gladly accepted the #HumFitTohIndiaFit challenge introduced by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Take a look at how our children pushed their limits and set an example for everyone:

We hope to inspire people to take up this challenge and work towards making themselves fitter and healthier.

In light of National Sports Day observed on August 29 in India, let’s take a pledge to exercise every day, and learn at least one sport. With India’s diverse and rich heritage in sports and athletics, we as Indians should treasure the values our ancestors attached with playing sports.

So, let’s dedicate an hour of our daily routine to exercise, and together build a healthy and strong country! #HumFitTohIndiaFit

Is the Indian sports infrastructure supportive of disabled athletes?

Is the Indian sports infrastructure supportive of disabled athletes?

In our country, events like Paralympics don’t garner much attention due to our singular enthusiasm for popular sports like cricket. While our para athletes strive for bare minimums, countries like Canada actually celebrate the success of their Paralympians.

According to WHO, there are about 650 million people in the world who are differently abled in some or the other way. Out of this, eighty percent live in developing countries like India. In India, several acts like the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 and the National Policy for Persons with Disabilities, 2006 are supportive of the need for individuals with disabilities to participate in sporting, recreational and leisure activities. When compared to ‘normal’ athletes and sportspersons, para athletes are often widely ignored, forced to strive harder than the able-bodied to master their sport. They also have to endure massive societal rejection and discrimination before they can make it to the international level. Besides, even when they do make it, competitions are few and far in between, and in developing countries like ours, they neither get support from the government nor recognition from the society.

People are unaware of such competitions and we don’t see crowds thronging to watch them. However, at the recent Rio Paralympic Games, India outperformed several countries by winning many medals for their exemplary display.

In our country, there is a major focus on field events, and this has led to the evolution of world beaters like Devendra Jhajharia and Mariyappan Thangavelu. Since 1968, India has won 12 medals in Paralympics, yet somehow we don’t recognise their efforts. These players have given their craft everything they’ve got and their stories are remarkable.

In an evident attempt to change the existing scenario, the union sports ministry released Rs. 83.7 lakhs in the previous financial year under the Khelo India Scheme for sports persons with disabilities. Our Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore believes that the revamped version of this scheme has allocated sufficient funds for the creation of specialised sports infrastructure for persons with disabilities.

Today, one can clearly see that people with disabilities are at par with everyone else, when it comes to making our country proud through achievements in sports. Most of these athletes come from rural backgrounds, and strive hard to succeed despite rampant corruption, fund deficits, and the overall apathy that plagues our system. It is high time we understood and acknowledged the struggle that they have to endure to qualify for, and win medals in global sporting events like the Paralympics.

Also Read: Dhyan Chand: A Role Model For Leaders

Hearing Impaired Students Recreate Saare Jahaan Se Accha in Sign Language with accompanying Djembe Drums

Hearing Impaired Students Recreate Saare Jahaan Se Accha in Sign Language with accompanying Djembe Drums

On the 15th of August in 1947, independent India was born – making many million hearts brim with joy in the afterglow of freedom. 72 years later, the day still evokes a similar emotion.

While events and celebrations in honour of this day are held throughout the country, and amongst Indian communities abroad, children with special needs at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan are celebrating it in their own special way.

Over the last few months, these children have put in their tireless efforts to make our ‘Connecting Signs’ campaign a successful one. It is is a year-long endeavour, which has raised greater awareness around those who can’t speak or hear. This campaign has made people realise that, despite having limited abilities, these children are no less! They have boundless talent that can help make the world a beautiful place.

Djembe Circle is a musical therapy using drums that helps children with autism improve their hand-eye coordination and refine their social and motor skills. For children with other disabilities, the therapy helps build team coordination and rhythmic movement of the body, and allows participants to bond with other children over drumming.

Last year, our children recreated Jana Gana Mana in sign language as a part of the campaign, reaching more than two million views. Moving ahead with the same spirit this year, MBCN students chose to recite ‘Saare Jahaan se Accha’ in sign language. A popular verse penned by poet and politician Muhammad Iqbal in 1904, this poem has been immortalised as a song plenty of times, yet we are sure that this is definitely one of the most special versions.

As a progressive society, we love exploring new things all the time. However, to help those who need us the most, it is imperative that we first understand their language. Watch the video here:

Best house warming ceremony gift: handmade pooja box made by special children from MBCN

Best house warming ceremony gift: handmade pooja box made by special children from MBCN

Using their special abilities, and their burning passion to create something for the world, children at MBCN are proud to present their new creation, a one of a kind ‘Prayer Box’. Carefully crafted by deft hands, these prayer boxes are ideal for all homes.

With the learning they get at ‘Swayam’, our vocational training workshop, our special kids could fashion these gems expertly, and on their own. At Swayam, we recognize our responsibility towards the environment and therefore only promote the production of eco-friendly articles. We have always inculcated a pro-nature approach in our children, only sanctioning the use of biodegradable materials like wood. Applying the skills they acquire through hard work and practice, our students create products every day. It is success stories like these that validate the work we do to empower our specially-abled students with skills that make them feel confident and independent.

prayer box 1

These handmade wooden pooja boxes make for one of the best housewarming gifts you can get for a friend. It is great for storing pooja items, and it helps bringing positivity and serenity to a house. You can get it for yourself too; have your own pooja box to keep your oil lamps, essence sticks and other pooja samagri safe.

prayer box 2

Not to forget the value your purchase will add to the lives of our special students! Though the joy they receive is beyond any monetary reward for us, your purchase will not just encourage the use of eco-friendly materials and products, it will also help the special children make a vital contribution to our economy.

prayer box 3

You can easily find the prayer box for sale on our website, along with other amazing products made at ‘Swayam’. Our specially-abled children from Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan also craft tissue paper boxes, slip pads, make-up kits, wall decorations, office decorative items, jewellery boxes, envelopes and leaf bags. Purchasing any of the items on our website will help us go a long way in making our students feel self-sufficient and financially independent. Join us and create a world where all children feel warm and welcomed.

MBCN ka Fitness Challenge – Hum Fit Toh India Fit

MBCN ka Fitness Challenge – Hum Fit Toh India Fit

Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier and to be the best version of you.

Fitness, as we know it, is associated mostly with sports. However, it is equally significant for the health and well being of non-athletes as well. Taking this thought forward, our Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore initiated Hum Fit toh India Fit – a fitness challenge aimed to make India fitter and better. He has urged the citizens of India to share their fitness mantra and regime online. This challenge has spread like wildfire and has brought about a fitness revolution in the country.

 

 

Our students at MBCN, too, have taken up this challenge to prove that despite their disabilities, they are fitter than most of us. Here’s a sneak peak!

Take a cue from these children and strive towards making ourselves fitter and healthier. Because #HumFitTohIndiaFit!

Also Read: Medical Insurance Facility Now for MBCN’s Special Kids

Special children need special school, special educators

Special children need special school, special educators

“All true learning is experience, everything else is just information.”

To prosper and grow into independent individuals, specially-abled children need a lot more than mere studies. They require a special school that takes care of not just their education, but also their overall development.

Dedicated towards the betterment of these special children, Ponty Chadha Foundation’s Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan creates a nurturing environment for the growth and well-being of its students. From classroom learning to therapies that help overcome disabilities, children are provided a holistic environment at MBCN, allowing them to become an integral part of the society.

classroom learning

At MBCN, apart from basic education, we include our students in therapy sessions that help them fluently communicate with the world, move about without any assistance, and not be dependent on anyone else for the tiniest of jobs. Our special educators help us in creating a homely environment filled with empathy and care towards the special children.

Special Children Playing Activity

Kids Playing

Speech and language are instruments that let us express ourselves, and our fully functioning limbs help us stay connected to the world. At MBCN, we help children with speech defects overcome the difficulties they face while communicating with the world. We also have physiotherapy for children who can’t move freely, and occupational therapy for autistic and other disabled children who are hypersensitive or under-sensitive to light, touch and noise.

special school

By empowering individuals with speech defects, intellectual impairments, cerebral palsy, autism, hearing impairment and other similar disabilities, MBCN works towards creating the possibility of an optimum quality of life for them. With a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach towards betterment of the society, we ensure that each child at MBCN gets nourishment in their growing years, so that they prosper and scale the highest peaks in their adult lives.

International Day of Yoga: Union of Mind & Body

International Day of Yoga: Union of Mind & Body

Yoga – food for soul and mind that helps a person get in touch with his or her inner self. Derived from the sanskrit work ‘yuj’, yoga means oneness. A wonderful workout regime, people practice yoga to strike the right balance between mind and body.

nternational Day of Yoga

On June 21, we celebrate the International Day of Yoga to unite the world towards one common goal: healthy, peaceful lifestyle. From improving flexibility to building muscle strength and improving posture, yoga protects and maintains bone health for a robust skeletal structure. Improving the immunity, it liberates the mankind from all physical ailments. In addition to this, it elevates the mood, calms you down, and maintains stable blood pressure. Not just another exercise, yoga is the best route to connect with nature and realise your true potential.

While the world is adopting yoga for a better life, why should we Indians stay behind. To contribute to the #HumFittoIndiaFit initiative, we at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, encourage our students to practice yoga for a healthier lifestyle and right attitude. Let’s take a look at how our children with special needs stay in the pink of health with yoga.