The sight of dozens of children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment (MDVI) gathering at a local school in the Moholi block of Sitapur or the Gosaiganj Block Office might have been a new sight for those in the nearby communities. But, thanks to support from key community members, these children and their families were warmly welcomed so they could access support services to help enhance their access to learning.
The Project IDI Team from Perkins India and Jayati Bharatam planned three such gatherings for five blocks of Lucknow and Sitapur in celebration of Disability Week.
While taking necessary precautions for Covid, the Project IDI team was able to host families of 67 children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment (MDVI).
At these camps families - many for the first time - had access to a physiotherapist, ophthalmologist, and/or a dentist. One parent expressed, “I am so happy that my child was seen by the physiotherapist for the first time. He has shared some exercises which we will definitely continue at home.”
Some children also received aids and appliances that will help enhance their access to learning. “I am so happy that my daughter has received a wheelchair. We can now easily take her out of the house,” exclaimed one parent.
Key ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, and a school principal were recognized as important community members for the support they’ve provided the Project IDI team to conduct screenings throughout the nearby villages. Such support from within communities has been essential for establishing a seamless system of identification, referrals, and intervention opportunities for children with MDVI in remote areas.