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For children with special needs

Something special: Sujit Desai (left) interacting with participants at a workshop organised by Aikya, in Chennai on Friday.

Something special: Sujit Desai (left) interacting with participants at a workshop organised by Aikya, in Chennai on Friday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: K.V. SRINIVASAN

Special Correspondent

Parents were provided insights into how better facilities can help the children

CHENNAI: Life is not easy for parents who bring up a child with special needs. At a workshop held here on Friday, parents of such children were provided insights into how better facilities and encouragement could help them.

The workshop was organised by Aikya, a school for children with special needs that had, for the workshop, also brought to the city Sujit Desai, a talented youngster with Down’s syndrome who is an ambassador for attitudinal change.

His mother Sindoor recalled her initial disappointment and the lack of facilities in the United States 28 years ago when Sujit was born. But, support from her husband and older son helped Sujit stand on his own feet. Sujit is now married to a woman with Down’s syndrome and lives independently.

He travels with his parents frequently and enjoys displaying his talent in playing five instruments including saxophone, piano and the violin. On Friday, he performed at the Chinmaya Heritage Centre for two hours.

Fathers, who participated in the workshop, confessed that they had not actively participated in their child’s development until they were forced to do so. Mothers spoke of the desolation that they faced as a result of the unhelpful attitude of the family and kin.

All of them regretted not having done enough to sustain a happy family life. Despite all these they are proud of the achievement of their children.

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