Using Tamil tradition to empower autistic kids

Published: 23rd April 2013 08:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2013 08:11 AM   |  A+A-

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The first ever ‘Vidiyal Carnival’ was organised by Indradhanu Waldorf School here on Saturday. The carnival was aimed at raising funds for running Vidyanjali, a decade-old school for children with special needs.

The city-based Vidyanjali was founded to serve special children, who are mostly autistic. Its sister concern Indradhanu Waldorf School, a mainstream school for normal children, raised funds for the former through the carnival.

Inaugurating the function Mythili K Rajendran IAS, managing director, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women, said, “There is a constant experiment, activities are undertaken for the cause of empowering differently-abled children. Engaging and educating special children through Tamil tradition and culture may bring some good developments.”

Director GNR Kumaravel  of Haridas fame, said, “The film industry should do something good for special children. More and more films focusing on special children should be made, to take their issues to the masses”.

The carnival was packed with fun-filled activities wholly concentrating on Tamil tradition and culture like games such as Uri, Pallankuzhi and Anju Kal.

Speaking to City Express John, director, Indradhanu Waldorf School, said, “If we provide proper training to special children they will be able to express themselves freely through activities like pot making, painting, paper craft and palm leaf craft. Education on the Tamil tradition and culture brings brighter awareness in leading one’s life. And providing sumptuous traditional Tamil Nadu food makes the special children more healthy.”

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