Its been an over a week since the 21 days lockdown to control the spread of deadly Coronavirus has started. This lockdown period can be a tough job for children with disabilities. However, there are many different ways found out by the people to keep themselves busy.
To address this gap, a Kochi-based differently-abled artist named Anjan Satish has started drawing and painting classes for children with disabilities on a WhatsApp group. More than 25 parents have taken part in the ‘Adarsh Drawing Classroom’. Anjan’s classes have won the hearts of the parents, teachers, and students too.
Over 240 differently-abled children have participated in Adarsh. Due to lockdown, the children can't even undergo their regular therapy sessions. At the school, every teacher has to find out the child’s interest and help them pursue it.
The Adarsh Drawing Classroom WhatsApp is started to make things easier and accessible for children with disabilities. This is a group of teachers and parents. Step-to-step drawing images are put on the group by the teachers so that parents can easily teach the kid how to draw. Ajan was provided painting lessons for the small kids.
Every day on the group, there are two to three drawings put on. Usually, the classes take place at 2 pm and by 5 pm the parents give their feedback. Remarks are giving for the child and parent by Anjan to keep them motivated.
Ever since Coronavirus is been spreading, Anjan is spreading awareness with the help of various drawings and cartoons made by him.
The WhatsApp group took off on 25 March. Currently, their group involves parents of over 25 students who show a lot of enthusiasm, says Anjan’s father, Satish.
The admins of their group are looking forward to expanding the venture so that the other parents who want to join can easily apply it.
Soon, the Adarsh team is planning to start a group like this for the children without disabilities. “These groups are helping children a lot. It is good for teachers, students, and parents too”, says Vidyamol, a teacher at Adarsh.
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