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Dhanbad special educator visits students' homes

Akhlaque Ahmad distributed educational kits to children on Helen Keller's 141st birth anniversary

Praduman Choubey Dhanbad Published 28.06.21, 12:07 AM
Special educator Akhlaque Ahmad hands an education kit to a student at Jharia on Sunday.

Special educator Akhlaque Ahmad hands an education kit to a student at Jharia on Sunday. Picture by Shabbir Hussain

Jharia based speech therapist and special educator Akhlaque Ahmad on Sunday visited the houses of four disabled children from his centre on the occasion of the 141st birth anniversary of renowned disability rights activist, Helen Keller and provided them educational kits.

Ahmad distributed separate kits meant for differently-abled children and also kits for hearing impaired. He took stock of their health conditions.

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Ahmad also tipped their parents about the special care to be maintained during their training at home.

Talking to The Telegraph Online on Sunday, “On the birth anniversary of Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer besides being the disability rights activist, we decided to reach out to those for which she worked for her entire life.”

“Her work has had an influence everywhere and in India it has inspired people with deaf blindness that we work with and pushed them to for the sky,” said Ahmad and added that the deaf community was widely impacted as she travelled to more than 25 countries giving motivational speeches.

“I first reached the house of Nargis Parveen, 10, a visually challenged girl followed by the visit to the house of a hearing impaired girl Shahin Parveen, 11, and then reached the house of two mentally retarded Arpita Kumari, 16, and visually challenged Md Kaif, 12,” said Ahmad.

“Though, we are already providing some periodic tips to our students through online sessions held through the video calling etc but since majority of around 170 students enrolled at our centre belong to extremely poor financial background, it is very difficult to carry out online session and many no not functional smart phones,” said Ahmad.

“The kit provided to visually challenged students, Nargis Parveen and Md kaif comprised of Braille strip, Braille slate, some toys,” said Ahmad and added the kit for the mentally retarded children comprised Abacus and other things while the kits for hearing impaired comprised an Alphabet and number chart.

Beli Khatoon, mother of Nargis Parween, said, “My husband deserted me a couple of years ago and I somehow eke out the living of my family by making paper packets and had the support of teacher like Ahmad been not there I would not have been able to educate her visually challenged daughter, Nargis Parveen.”

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