For 11 students studying at Sunshine Autistic School in Vashi, the festival of lights is a special occasion as not only are their skills put to test, but it also brings out their creative side. After toiling for four months, the kids – who are autistic and mentally challenged – have prepared several decorative items, which was put up for sale at an exhibition last week.
The handmade items included specially crafted tablemats, jewellery bags, imitation jewellery, jute bags, diyas and several other Diwali paraphernalia. The exhibition was held on October 25 to 26, and was open to everyone.
The students are aged between 12 and 15 years and study in Std VIII. Proceeds from the two-day exhibition, which was held in the premises of the school, was retained for the students’ school picnic, while part of it will be utilized to implement better facilities for the students who have learning disabilities.
Paromita Majumdar, principal of the school, said, “It was a wonderful and amazing experience for us and the students. These students find it hard to perform academically, but are given an opportunity to showcase their creative side. We want to support the students in every way possible, and our aim is to prepare them to face the world”.
The money that is collected from the exhibition is used for the school picnic or for the improvement of school facilities.” Dr Sharda, a visitor to the exhibition, said, “It is a very good gesture to encourage the students. A venture like this will boost their self confidence, and they can do better in future.”
One of the teachers, Roshni, who teaches the students jewellery making, said, “Not only are the students excited about the exhibition, but also their parents actively participate in the exercise. These students are committed to the cause that they don’t want to leave the training classes. Their dedication overwhelms the teachers.”