Wings of opportunity

Arav was diagnosed with dilation of the right ventricle of his brain. This affected his creativity and imagination. Also, because his processing speed was affected, he used to take time to collect his thoughts before speaking. In his previous schools, he had been facing academic difficulties especially in reading and writing. 

In 2010, when he was 11 years old, Arav joined the Department of Special Needs at Step By Step School. Here his parents were closely involved in his teaching-learning process. They were empowered with strategies to develop reading skills through a customized reading program. He progressed from reading sight words, to simple sentences with familiar words and then on to short stories. Along with academics, there was a consistent focus on skill sets in areas of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Adolescent Education Programme (AEP) and general awareness.  A customized sports and fitness programme contributed majorly in his overall development. At the age of 14 years, as part of the Prevocational Training Programme Arav got an opportunity to work in various training domains in the school like Kitchen, Library, Stationary Supply Store and IT Department. The programme helped him to enhance his work skills. 

At the age of 16 years, he started a two year Intensive Prevocational Training in the IT Department and also attended summer training programmes there. Arav assisted in assignments such as updating software in the ICT Labs, maintenance of projectors, covering events in school (still photography as well as video shooting) and rendering of students’ photographs for school ID Cards. 

In 2018, after leaving school at the age of 18 years, he passed the Secondary School exams through the NIOS board.

In April 2019, Arav joined the IT department at SBS as a Trainee. This is the first time that a student, and that too from the Special Education Department, has been given this opportunity. Apart from being a feather in our ‘Inclusive Cap’, it is a great step forward for him. This was possible only due to the combined efforts of school, parents and of course Arav.

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