Sathiya uses sign language to communicate. She can fingerspell, write notes and read, and do simple mathematics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Long Term Dreams of Sathiya and Her Family