Holy Cross Service Society (India)

Transitional Programme for People with Disability

Power point presentation by Leela Agnes, Holy Cross Service Society, Trichy

Class photo

The following is based on the text and photos of the power point presentation:

For whom?

  • Children who have problems in going to regular school
  • Children who have dropped out of regular school
  • Children who are not admitted to the school at appropriate age
  • Failing children from regular school and special school.

Special school – many of the children did not gain sufficient skills in education despite the number of years they spent.

Special children in regular school- Since no special education support is provided, at a certain stage children will drop out (due to the difficulty in the learning process)

Seeking admission at higher age- Sometimes parents are not aware of what services may be available to their child and it is only after years of having their child at home that they seek support services.


  • To impart individual-based training
  • To provide training for a fixed period according to the needs of an individual
  • To enroll people between the age group of 8 to 20


  • To admit into regular school, after preparation
  • To appear for government examination
  • To meet family need
  • To prepare to enter job

Training in concept development, skills, reading ,writing, basic mathematics

Focus on life-oriented education:

  • Human Ethics 
  • Occupational competency
  • Human Values
  • Parents Involvement
  • Preparation  for  family life
  • Reading books
  • Social skills
  • General knowledge
  • Pre-vocational skills

Different areas of skills for job-related success:

  • Work related skills
  • Functional living skills
  • Mobility skills
  • Communication skills
  • Social skills

Work-related skills:

  • Work adjustment
  • Work habits
  • Work behaviour

One should consider:

Personal Characteristics:                                  Preferences/Circumstances:

  • Self-confidence                                          - To work inside
  • View about oneself                                    - To work outside
  • Motivation                                                  - To work standing
  • Appearance                                               - To work sitting
  • Manners                                                     - Heavy work
  • Independence                                            - Repetitive work


Case Studies

Raja Rajan

Photo of boy and girl holding plates of food

Date of Admission : 08.01.2009    
Type of programme: Life oriented education         
Duration: 2 Years

Goal set:

Photo of boy serving food to others.

Pre-vocational skills needed to support in hotel industry.
Concept development, Skills, Reading, Writing, etc. will be trained based on hotel industry's need.

Preparation for family life


Photo of Sindu


Sindu is profoundly deaf and visually impaired.
Referred to us as mentally retarded


  • Communication skills
  • Meeting all family requirements
  • Training of parents
  • To assist Sindu to maintain & participate in household jobs.  

Parental Involvement


Photo of girl with combined vision and hearing loss using a pen to write in her notebook.



Age: 14
Types of disability: Profoundly deaf, visually impaired & balance problem.






Surendar -- Family Business

Photo of Surendar helping to serve sweets in his father's shop.

Age: 19
Type of disability: Deafblind  
Goal: Participate in family business.

Photo of boy with combined vision and hearing loss standing next to his teacher.

Builds up relationship with father



Vignesh -- Preparing for private study (SSLC Exam)


Photo of Vignesh



Tips for Success

  • Practical work must be suited to the capacity of the students and it should also be something which produces evidence of success by looking good or being useful.
  • The student should never be stressed to the point that they feel failure or that they lose the pleasure and satisfaction of achievement.
  • As the students get more involved in the work, they will put in more effort and want to finish the jobs better.

Advantages to this Approach

  • Within a short period, the student  will be able to acquire age appropriate skills
  • Help them to develop totally (in all aspects of human life)
  • Individual need-based plan will be designed
  • More activity based learning (through real experience)

Smooth Transition to Adulthood

Some youth  with disabilities have difficulty in making the transition from adolescence to adulthood and from school to work. Our goal must be to provide the special assistance needed by adolescents and young adults with disabilities that will help them  to achieve the most rewarding productive, independent and integrated adult life.




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