Their abilities need to be assessed, understood and based on that and their area of interest, they will need specialised training in skills which can be easily understood and used later as a value adding vocation.
In order to proceed with skills training, they have to be readied through assessments of the following abilities and necessary therapy for strengthening:
They are gradually introduced to the different occupational activities in the centre so that they get the concept of work ethics, time management, discipline and a sense of purpose.
This ensures that they are kept engaged throughout the day and increases their self-confidence. They are slowly introduced to different skills like art work, pasting, measuring, dance, music, etc., etc.
This takes about 8 months to 1 year, after which their ability to function as a value adding member is assessed and then they are moved to the Sheltered Workshop for making and packing of different items of daily use and gift items and they start earning or further prepare them for external placements.
This project is done in GODS Abode in Airoli and GODS Heaven in Powai with the same curriculum. As on January 2024 , our total strength in Vocational skill training is 30 nos. There are 21 beneficiaries in Airoli and 9 beneficiaries in Powai.
In this Project, presently, there are 15 beneficiaries, and is growing. Special schools generally refer their students once they are above the age of 18 years.