Children has always been my passion and I come to realise that most of our children do not get to interact with disabled people. One incident which happens when I first started Dignity Kitchen was to find a group of young girls standing in front of my blind cashier giggling away and another incident of a boy staring at the my polio man as he was walking and when the polio man slip and fall, the boy ran away. I guess this has to do with the lack of exposure and interaction and that is where the idea come to start a program called "Children working with the Disabled"
Today we had out first launch of "Children working with the Disabled" We worked with an organisation called Janus Education, who groom young children to be writers. The company managed to get about 16 children of various age and what we do is to allow them to interact with the disabled in four work stations.
Station 1 - singing with sign language with the hearing impaired
Station 2 - making spring roll with the physical handicap
Station 3 - dessert decoration with the intellectually challenged
Station 4 - braille math challenge with the visually impaired
The children will go from one station to another, performing various tasks with the disabled at the same time interacting with the disabled. The program ends with lunch for the children with the disabled.
Today also see several newspaper coming over to visit and interview our students. This is great. We need the publicity.
"If the children of today learn to interact with the disabled, the adult of tomorrow will be comfortable working with the disabled"