Vision Residential and Vocational center is not just a home away from home for special children. It is the outcome of a vision held by Mrs. Shivani Maudgil and Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi. Special children and their parents have a challenging journey that is long and unsteady. Having an 18-year-old autistic son, facing the challenge of her husband’s sudden demise and meeting challenges in this journey made Shivani set up an entire residential facility for giving respite to children as well as their parents. Sanjeev Tripathi has worked with all kinds of disabilities when it comes to special kids and adults. He had his own school and sports training center where he and his staff worked diligently with special needs individuals. The pandemic came as a huge challenge to parents, special kids, school owners and teachers. As months progressed with no sight of schools reopening the need for actually having a well-furnished facility with safety measures became a priority. This is when both individuals joined forces to make this dream project come true. Their efforts received due recognition when they received an award for their outstanding contribution towards the nation in the fight against Covid-19. The special educators did not even take breaks or visit any family members and continued caregiving for children who stayed with them during the pandemic. They were the silent angels in disguise for the kids as well as the parents. As time progressed and lockdown rules were slackened a bit, things eased out for the children and staff. The effort of the founders and staff motivated more parents of special children who volunteered or joined the team vision to offer the service they have expertise in. In time to come, it is the aim of vision to steadily progress and expand its facilities to enable more special needs adults to seek admission in order to live a comfortable life with dignity and utmost care.
The parents of special needs children have no respite. Since awareness of this condition and its acceptance is still in its nascent stage, the support from society and family is almost nil. Even the thought of being ill and away from their children is very difficult for the parents. The respite and daycare center will make it possible to have this support facility available to them. Adults on the autistic spectrum have no employment. The government ensures education till the age of 18 years. Vocational centers are very few and vocational training at a very minimal level. After training employment opportunities are very few. There is a need to find gainful employment and give them an avenue to find jobs and make a living.
The funds raised will help offer the residential facilities to special kids who cannot afford schools and residential setup. The funds will be utilized for expansion and maintenance. To hire staff and teachers. The funds will be used to buy vocational equipment like Agarbatii making machine, Papercup making machine.