Sathiya (India)


Sathiya participates in a cultural program.

Sathiya is a sixteen-year-old student at Holy Cross Service Society, where her teacher is Leela Agnes.  She is deafblind and has balance problems, and participates in education and training offered in the transitional unit.  Her family assumed an active role working with multidisciplinary team to design and implement an individualized intervention plan for Sathiya.  Because the family and professional worked together as a real team, Sathiya was able to acquire skills more quickly and use these skills across environments, home, school and her community.

Sathiya uses sign language to communicate. She can fingerspell, write notes and read, and do simple mathematics.


Domestic Activities

Developing practical skills by engaging in meaningful activities is the focus of Sathiya’s program.  Her family has encouraged her to be a contributing member of the household.  She is able to assist with cleaning the house, washing dishes, sweeping floors, and other household tasks.  Sathiya also helps to prepare meals, peel vegetables, prepare make tea, cook rice, dosa, and other foods.

Photo of Sathiya hanging clothes on a line to dry.

Photo of Sathiya folding her clothes.







Sathiya helps with the cooking and washing up in the kitchen.Sathiya peel vegetables as her teacher looks on.




Life-Oriented Education

Sathiya receives training from her teacher in identifying money, using a calculator, and other practical skills necessary for running a business. Her transition program is also a place for her to socialize with her peers.


Sathiya learns to use a calculator.

Sathiya works with her teacher to identify money.










Sathiya chats with her classmates.

Sathiya uses sign language to communicate with her classmates.


Making Curry Powder

Another focus of Sathiya’s transition plan was to identify a job that would allow her to earn some money and feel that she is a contributing member of her community. Sathiya’s parents decided to set up an enterprise in which Sathiya would make and sell curry powder – a very viable product for South Indian cuisine. As a trial, Sathiya’s mother purchased enough ingredients to produce 3 kgs of curry powder. Mother and daughter worked together to produce the powder. Much to their surprise, Sathiya’s curry powder sold out within a few hours.

Sathiya works with her mother to measure out chilis and other ingredients for making curry powder.

Sathiya measures out curry powder into individual packets.





Curry powder is a mixture of spices:  chili, coriander, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper and cumin seeds.  Appropriate measure of these spices are taken, slightly roasted and then ground into a fine powder.  The powder is then packed in a plastic bags of 50gm and 100gm for sale. This curry powder can be used to prepare gravy, kurma and for marinating deep fried foods.  This  product  reduces the time and burden of  the process of cooking.
Sathiya seals the individual bags using a heat sealer.









Marketing and Distribution

Curry powder is sold through retail shops. Neighbours and friends living near Sathiya's  house buy the powder. Sathiya's family also gives quantities of the packets to people to sell and pays them commission on packets sold. Many families of other differently abled children take and sell this product and in this way, many more children who are in a network called PASAM are benefiting.

Sathiya makes change for a packet of curry powder that she has sold.Sathiya gives the packet of curry powder to a female customer.









The Long Term Dreams of Sathiya and Her Family

Sathiya is showing a lot of interest in this business and family members are sure that this business will continue because it has viability. The family would now like to arrange a marriage for Sathiya. They are planning to  find a partner for her who will agree to live with Sathiya's family after marriage. In this way, they plan for companionship, independence and  a secure and full life for their daughter.