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NGO Mann Teams Up with MHI to Supports Parents of Specially-Abled Youth
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NGO Mann Teams Up with MHI to Supports Parents of Specially-Abled Youth

NGO Mann is bent on empowering specially-abled people to lead an independent life. The Family Intervention Program is one of the NGO's most important aspects in terms of reaching out to those in need.

The program is supported by the Mariwala Health Initiative, which looks after parents of specially-abled kids and youth. Parents of a child with some of the disability are usually uncomfortable when it comes to talking about the challenges they face, meaning, seeking support is simply out of the question.

Raising a 21-year-old son on the autism spectrum was proving to be an arduous task for Belmira Rodrigues, but she opted to remain mum about her struggles initially. “We were facing a lot of challenges regarding Bevan‘s behavior, specifically his anger, stimming, etc,” Belmira recalls.

Unable to cope with his meltdowns, Belmira decided to contact a counselor at Mann, a center for specially-abled people that her son goes to. The MHI (Mariwala Health Initiative) backs The Family Intervention Program, which primarily focuses on supporting parents of specially-abled children.

After carefully listening to Belmira's challenges, the counselor guided her on ways to address them. After just a few sessions, Belmira realized that she wasn't the only one with this problem.

Every time Bevan has a meltdown, his mother knows exactly how to handle him. This has also helped her improve her interaction with friends, family members, and neighbors.  Belmira is now more positive and less hyper.

Mann adopts holistic programs to cater to the specific needs of students from marginalized backgrounds. "Mann does this through a holistic model that supports inclusive and individualized learning achievement with training programs," Co-founder Gitanjali Gaur explained.

The holistic model supports both inclusive, as well as individualized learning achievement through training programs. Moreover, this comprises essential concepts that come in handy to face the challenges of society.

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