Over the past decade, India has started recognising the need for diagnosis and intervention in special needs, as a result of which various schools and centres, both government and non-government have been started to cater to the diverse needs of children with special needs. Individuals with autism and many other special needs, however, have a normal lifespan and the services available in India do not cater to that. Since it is a lifelong condition, children with autism and special needs grow up to become adults with special needs, who are often dependent on their parents or siblings. Owing to their social and behavioural difficulties and the current lack of focus on neurodiversity in the workplace, they are unable to find gainful employment, or even a productive means of living their day to day life.
Training adolescents and young adults with autism in vocational skills, is therefore an important step in empowering them to live a productive and meaningful life. It not only will give them financial independence, but also build their self-esteem, so that they can lead fulfilling lives.
Since individuals with special needs, like regular individuals, have individualized interests, preferences and abilities, vocational training at Sattva Life Skills aims to provide diverse skills training experiences, namely:
- Multimedia, Visual Effects and Animation
- MS Office
- Software Testing
- Baking using organic ingredients (to be added to curriculum July 2017)
- Organic farming (to be added to curriculum July 2017)
See below for more detail on individual course start dates, length, content etc.