Services for people with special needs
Developing a Six - Month Training Program for Rehabilitation Aides in Antigua
Three PCVs - an occupational therapist, a speech pathologist, and a psychotherapist - recognized that although rehabilitation aides had been assigned to each of them, none had been formally trained. Together, they rallied support for their plan to conduct a training program for rehabilitation aides.
Six people took the six-month course of study. After completion of the training, the PCVs developed a manual so that the training could be conducted again.
Giving the Gift of Motion to Disabled Youth in Guinea
The village leaders in this rural community in Guinea wanted to do something for people in their area who had disabilities. They asked the advice of the local PCV, who suggested holding a meeting to ask these people themselves to describe their needs.
At the meeting, several young people talked of their difficulties traveling to and from school, spending up to four hours a day pulling themselves along the ground. They needed handpedaled tricycles, which were being produced in the capital city, but the problem was getting the funds to purchase them.
A proposal was written to the Peace Corps Partnership Program, and the community began to hold fundraising events - selling handicrafts, sponsoring a dance - to meet the 25 percent contribution required by the program. Although the Ministry of Transportation arranged for free delivery of the tricycles from the capital to the village, it took a call from the APCD to get the final shipment. In all, 22 hand-powered tricycles transformed the lives of these people.
Producing a Nepali Sign Language Dictionary
The principal of a school for the deaf in Kathmandu had just returned from a course at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., on "The Total Communication Approach to Teaching the Deaf." She wanted to implement what she had learned but was frustrated by the cultural inconsistencies between American sign language and Nepali sign language.
Discussing the problem with the PCV assigned to the school, she agreed that they should work together to develop a sign language dictionary appropriate for Nepal. They involved the deaf community from around Nepal in order to standardize the sign language used throughout the country. Deaf artists illustrated the material.
Once the dictionary was published, teachers of the deaf were trained to use the book. Because the principal was seen as an authority, the dictionary, as well as "the total communication approach," were widely accepted among the deaf and mentally handicapped in Nepal.
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