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Vaakya: Giving ‘voice’ to the differently abled

Vaakya: Giving ‘voice’ to the differently abled

Smartphones, laptops, and tablets have revolutionized mobile technology and the way we communicate with each other. The mobile app market is flourishing due to the increased usage of smartphones. New apps roll out every day to make our lives easier and entertaining.

 

Everyone faces hardships and difficulties at some point, but for people with disabilities, barriers can be frequent and with a greater impact. Communication is one of the many barriers that can make it extremely difficult or even impossible for specially abled people to function. It is experienced by people who have disabilities that affect hearing, speaking, reading, writing and understanding different ways to communicate externally.

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The technology we use on a daily basis can be used to help the lives of disabled people. Assistive technology is often thought of as wheelchairs and hearing aids, but it”s actually an umbrella term that covers everything from pencil grips to latest technology tablets.

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To help people with severe communication problems, we have designed a picture-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app. Vaakya that assists people with speech impairments. This app can be utilized during rehabilitation and conventional speech therapies. For individuals who are unable to read and communicate, the app works as a useful tool as it relies on pictures (for visuals) and audio instead of text. With the app, one can create a combination of pictures and audios related to his/her needs, to help them communicate effectively. For educators, therapists and guardians, multiple user accounts can be created that will contain pictures and audios, the combination of which helps derive a seamless expression.

Vaakya is available, free of cost, on Google Play Store.

Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mbcnschool.org

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.

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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.

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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: https://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: