Miss Bagchi, a teacher to reckon by
Ms. Anuradha Bagchi is the Director of the Department of Education at Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind, Mumbai. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of deafblindness and has been providing mentoring support to various partner organisations of Sense India for more than ten years. Currently, a mentor at the National Association for the Blind, Dhule, Maharashtra; she says she learns something new with each of her visits. One of her learnings include, Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) for the children with deafblindness.
The mentoring visits by Ms.Bagchi have helped Sense International to understand the specific needs of a child with deafblindness. She also counsels parents and helps them take life decisions for their children, including their education and health. Additionally, she is a great motivator for the team, who encourages her team to provide the best services to the children they are mentoring. She also helps them develop skills in assessing behavioural issues of a child with deafblindness to be able to support them in their growth.
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What the beneficiary gets
Educators in the newly initiated deafblind program of Sense International (India) need mentoring to understand the needs of children with deafblindness. The organization resolves this problem by providing regular mentoring support by senior practitioners. Currently there are 19 mentors supporting over 180 educators and staff members at various partner organisations.
Each mentor supports two organisations and provides guidance to educators, parents and students with deafblindness at each supported organisation. The primary aim of the mentoring programme is to provide educators with an opportunity to share their experiences and fears and to develop their skills to help the deafblind children better. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the development of local expertise within India by facilitating the exchange of information between experienced and less experienced practitioners.
Sense International (India)
23 March, 2021
Mentoring support to 2 disability NGOs for working with deafblind children
Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability where a child has both hearing and vision impairment at the same time. It leads to complex challenges in communication, mobility and access to information. Sense International India is the leading organisation in India, supporting other NGOs for running their deafblind programmes.
Rehabilitation of persons with deafblindness across the country is gaining momentum. The recognition of deafblindness in Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act -2016 (RPWD) has enabled to gain this momentum. Most of the organisations providing services to the persons with deafblindness feel the need of expertise training to be provided for their staffs. This need has lead Sense International India to provide “Mentoring support” for the partner organizations and enable them to deliver quality services for the person with deafblindness.
Mentoring training is provided for giving hand holding training to the special educator and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) workers. The mentors are the experts in the field disability rehabilitation with a specialization on deafblindness. The mentors share their knowledge and skills with the special educators and CBR workers. This enables them to increase the quality of services which they are providing for the children with deafblindness. Mentors provide child specific training to special educators and CBR workers. Mentors also interact with the parents and address the child specific needs. Child specific intervention will be formulated by the mentors from the feedback of special educators, CBR workers and parents. They also revise the strategies as per the individualized educational program for providing better services and improving the skills of the child with deafblindness.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it was not possible to provide onsite mentoring support. Hence, mentoring was provided online. In the reporting period mentoring support was provided to our 2 partner organisations – National Association for the Blind, Shrirampur and National Association for the Blind, Nashik. 7 children with deafblindness in Shrirampur and 5 children with deafblindness in Nashik were present during the online mentoring visit with their parents. Their individualised education plans were reviewed by the mentors and inputs were provided to their special educators and parents on how the learning of children can be improved and what additional steps can be taken. This has proven very useful for the staff of the 2 partner organisations to provide quality care and services to deafblind children.
5 July, 2020
Mentors supporting Educators with Deafblind Children
Mentors supporting Educators with Deafblind Children
Deafblindness is a unique and complex disability. Educators in the initiated deafblind programme face problems in addressing the needs of children with deafblindness. The role of the mentor is of a guide and a facilitator. The primary aim of the mentoring programme is to provide deafblind educators with an opportunity to share their experiences and fears, seek information from mentors and develop skills thereby reducing the feeling of isolation. The purpose of the programme is to contribute to the development of local expertise within India by facilitating the exchange of information between experienced and less experienced practitioners or those new to the deafblind field.
Mentors are senior practitioners who have developed their expertise in the deafblind field over the years. Sense India through its quarterly reports and field trips to partner organisations helps in identifying various support areas for the mentor and they also do the need assessment before visiting any partner organisation. Mentors are provided with an honorarium on per project basis and they visit a deafblind programme twice in a year.
Each mentor supports up to 2 organisations and provides guidance to educators, parents and students with deafblindness at each supported organisation. One mentor spends at least 3 days in one visit at the partner organisation. Currently there are 19 Mentors supporting over 180 educators, and staff members at various partner organisations. Youd donations go towards facilitating the mentor visits to ensure deafblind children receive quality and support.