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Celebrations ‘Show Ability In Disability’

Twenty-five students of the school were made champions who were also chief guests for the celebration. Seventeen students suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder and eight have Down Syndrome.
28 Mar 2019 10:00
Celebrations ‘Show Ability In Disability’
Lautoka Special School principal Kailash Pillay (in purple shirt) and students cutting the cake in celebration of World Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome on March 27, 2019. Photo: Rohit Kumar

The head of a special school in the Western Division has told students, parents and teachers that the institution’s mission is to groom individuals who are independent and can lead a normal life.

Lautoka School for Special Education principal Kailash Pillay made the comment as the school hosted celebrations for World Down Syndrome and Autism Day in style and colour yesterday.

Twenty-five students of the school were made champions who were also chief guests for the celebration. Seventeen students suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder and eight have Down Syndrome.

“One of our foremost goal is to advocate abilities in disabilities for children with special needs,” Mr Pillay said.

“We basically want to continue advocating and creating public awareness with other able students of the same age group.

“We want them to know that our special students also have the same dignity and respect and can show them that they can also live and enjoy the same life like everybody else.”

He said special students did not want others to show sympathy to them and did not want others to call them with preconceived tags such as crippled, disabled or handicapped.

Lautoka School for Special Education has students with all types of physical impairment, hearing impairment, speech impairment, intellectual impairment, special learning disability, vision impairment and emotional difficulty.

Mr Pillay said with these impairments the school’s teachers were engaged with quality education, which is based on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, functional skills, daily life activities, academic improvement, sporting and aesthetic achievements and laying foundations of sound moral and human values.

World Autism Day is celebrated on April 2 and World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: rohit.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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