NCC motivates Children with Special Needs
In the run up to the Independence Day activities, cadets of the National Cadet Corps have initiated a drive to motivate children with special needs to facilitate their motor skills through a series of military parade demonstrations. The aim of this joint venture is to reach within, infuse a sense of awakening in the children and facilitate a response. It would also provide a platform for the NCC cadets to be exposed to children with special needs and contribute in community development as part of their social service activities.
Naval NCC cadets of College of Engineering, Guindy demonstrated a shortened version of a parade for the children of Vidyasagar (erstwhile Spastic Society of India).
The cadets led by Capt Suresh Babu, the Commanding Officer of 4 (TN) Naval Technical Unit, NCC carried out a series of synchronized drill movements in front of the children at the Vidyasagar premises located at Kotturpuram.
The staff, parents and cadets were moved to tears seeing the response of the wheel chair bound children. It was heart rendering to see a few children managing to stand and salute. As one parent exclaimed "Its a Miracle", one child was overheard saying "You are my Hero" to the Parade Commander. He was happy to inform that similar events would be coordinated by the NCC at various institutions in the city and at districts of Tamil Nadu, Pudhucherry and Andaman Nicobar. The Rotary Club of Meenambakkam generously came forward to provide uniforms for the children and drum sets.
Dr Dakshanyani, a senior Rotarian welcomed this step as a 'First of its Kind' initiative in the country and was sure it would immensely benefit the children of Vidyasagar and similar institutions. Ms Sannuthi Suresh, a specialist Clinical Psychologist in Arts Based Therapy feels that this initiative will go a long way in restoring the 'Hand eye coordination' and 'Motor Control' faculties in these children with special needs.
The event was jointly coordinated by NCC Directorate (Tamil Nadu, Pudhucherry, Andaman & Nicobar) and Rotary Club of Meenambakkam.
- T Shanmugam