Deaf-Blind Multi Handicapped
DEAF-BLIND AND MULTI-HANDICAPPED
Deafblind is a combination of hearing and visual impairments in children. The children become deaf-blind due to various causes such as syndromes, multiple congenital anomalies, and prematurity and post natal. Children who are categorized deafblind are singled out educationally because of impairments of sight and hearing.
There are many challenges faced by deaf-blind. They must somehow make sense of the world using the limited sensory information available for them. If the person’s sensory disabilities are great, and if in the environment has not made an effort to educate him or her in a way that makes it easier to understand, the challenge to learn may be hampered..
The disability of deaf-blindness brings unique challenges to families, teachers and caregivers, who must make sure that the person has access to the world beyond the limited reach of his or her eyes, ears and fngertips. The most important challenges for parents, caregivers and teachers are to communicate meaningfully with the child. In addition, orientation and mobility is also a major concern. The child will need help learning to move about in the world. Without vision or with partially sighted, he or she will not only have difficulty navigating, but may also lack the motivation to move about.
The Deaf-blind and Multi-Handicapped Program is the first of its kind in Malaysia and provides services solely for children with visually impaired and other associated disabilities.
This program commenced in1997 with seven students and four teachers. A residential program- it was initiated by Hilton Perkins International. (U.S.A). The target group for this program are children who are Deaf-blind and Multi-Handicapped, ranging from seven to eighteen years old irrespective of race or religion. It is all in name of mankind.
Based on their needs the students are grouped into 2 classes, Elementary Class and Transitional Class. An Individual Educational Plan is designed for each students depending on their needs. Stimulation activities are carried out to achieve significant impact on the students learning experiences.
DEAFBLIND AND MULTI-HANDICAPPED CURRICULUM
a) Daily Living Skill
b) Motor Skill
c) Orientation and Mobility
d) Communication and Social Skills
e) Functional Academic
a) To advocate a philosophy of early intervention, and provide a full range of educational services and training which will enable students to achieve full potential.
b) To recognize and safeguard the rights of the students throughout the programme (survival, protection, development and participation)
c) To offer support and guidance to families using up-to date information and resources.
St. Nicholas has contributed tremendously towards this program and many children have grown up to self sustain their movements and daily activities. It is the hope of the school that more generous individuals/organizations would support this noble program in a much bigger way to help these needy children.