This school provides education and training for children with learning disabilities and/or physical handicaps. It began with just one child and now has around 50 students, some with quite severe disabilities.
Training is given:
- In daily living skills
- In communication and vocational skills.
Training is given in accordance with the individual living situation of each child. The vocational training and art work are based on the understanding that creativity in art can empower indiviuals with disabilities and promote self-determination. In this way, the school works on personality development through creativity in the arts as well as through vocational work.
The school provides:
- Support for poor families who cannot afford to send their children to school
- Counselling for parents
- Assessment of each child’s development and individual programmes
- Referrals of children for medical or surgical treatment
- Proper equipment for physiotherapy
- In-service training so that teachers can upgrade their knowledge and skills
Amir Alam first attended the TSA Special School when her was 13 years old, sponsored by the Epiphany Trust. Amir has no arms but has become extremely adept in using his feet, even managing to wield a cricket bat by gripping it between his toes! Amir is now 19 years old and although still partly in education is also partly employed by the school, photocopying and printing some of their materials.
Because of his disability and his eye-catching compensational skills Amir is very vulnerable to kidnap and entrapment by the beggar gangs, and so the school has agreed to employ him permanently.