I tried to teach my child with books,
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words ,
They passed him by often unheard.
Despairingly , I turned aside,
How shall I teach this child, I cried.
Into my hand ,he put the key,
'Come'! He said,'Play with Me'
The poem quoted sums up the value of play, recreation, leisure in a child's life. The child learns more in natural setting with least expectations to perform. Surely, it brings colour in their lives. Every child with disability should be encouraged to pursue a hobby that transports them into a comfort zone. These recreational activities like sports, arts and crafts inject enthusiasm, spirit of fun in their otherwise packed schedule of various therapy sessions, remedial lessons, long hours of homework etc. Not only do they release the stress but also build self-esteem & provide an opportunity to channelise energy in a positive manner.
Recreation can be in the form of Sports, Arts & Crafts, Hobbies etc.:-
Sports (Indoor/Outdoor) are useful vehicles to learn team spirit and healthy competition without being taught.
Special children who excel in sports can participate in Paralympic games and Special Olympics events.
Paralympic games are part and parcel of Olympic games. They are held in the same venue. They promote equality, awareness about challenged athletes who compete on elite sports level.
Special Olympics involves athletes from all performing levels with varying capacities. Children good at sports are trained in schools to participate in Special Olympics
For more details log on to - www.specialolympics.org
Special Olympics Bharat
J-47 Lower Ground Floor
Lajpat Nagar III
New Delhi 110024
Office 1: + 91 (1) 298 41326
Office 2: + 91 (1) 298 41363
The Recreation Club
Age Group - 5 to 18 (Indoor & outdoor recreational activities for children with all disabilities)
Venue - Shivaji Park Nagrik Sangh Hall, Shivaji Park ground, Dadar(W), Mumbai-400028.
Contact - Ms. Neha Shah0-9833041889,
Ms. Merlyn Condillac-09619335314.
Time - Mon-Sat 6 to 9 pm Sat- 9am to 12pm
Telefax - 44-24833424
Camp-40,53 Street,9 th sector,
West K. K. Nagar, Chennai-600078.
National Sports Club Of The Blind - Byculla
Contact - Manohar Jadiyar
All India Chess Federation For The Blind
Contact- Charudutt Jadhav
All India Andh Stri Hitt Association (AIASHA) Mumbai arranges swimming coaching and also chess coaching for children with visual impairment. They also undertake treks.
Contact: Neha Pawaskar
26572752 / 98215-84436
For Adventure Lovers
Youth Hostel Associations of India Announces 50 adventure scholarships to physically challenged youth including deaf & dumb.
Contact: 5 Nyaya marg,
Chanakya Puri, New Delhi-110021
Phone - 26110250, 26871967
Young Zingaro Trekkers (Mumbai) organises treks on 25th January and 15th August. Special batches for children and youths with diasbilites.
Contact: Rishikesh Yadav
Yuga Adventure Group (Mumbai) organises treks in November and May vacations for children and youths with diasbilities.
Contact: Ramakant Satam
Hitech Adventure Group (Mumbai) teach rock climbing, rappelling to adventurous youths with disabilities.
Phone - 5522-2303
Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, Jamshedpur conducts water sports and other activities.
Contact: Bachendri Pal & Mr. P. P. Kapadia
E mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.tatasteel.com
Phone - 0657-2428924
ISHWAR - New Delhi
P 8-B Hauz Khas Enclave,
Phone - 26568624, 26855154, 9810269298, 9810075122
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.ishwar-ngo.org
Sportsprogram for 'differently-abled' children, like cricket, basketball, swimming, skating, karate and chess.
Gopikrishna Piramal Memorial Hospital
(houses Health centre - Gym)
Ganpatrao Kadam Marg,
Lower Parel, Mumbai-400013
Phone - 24947837
Integrated Multipurpose Recreation & Hobby Centre (IMRHC)
Phone - 26674258.
(Arranges summer camps. Range of activities like music, craft, painting are taught. Children are guided to resource people).
Performing Arts - Dance, Drama, Music
Art and Craft - Painting, Making Handicrafts.
Nehru Bal Bhavan,
Charni Road, Mumbai
Phone - 23614189/ 23693991
Garware Bal Bhavan, Pune
Phone - (9520) 2444-2109
Rashtriya Bal Bhavan - New Delhi-110002.
Organise intergrated summer activity, creativity camps.
Natya Darpan - Mumbai- Drama workshops for special children.
Phone - 2838-7848
Phone - 2757-4499
Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Pune
(Recreational & Cultural Centre For Handicapped Children)
Near Raj Bhavan,
Phone - 25655953.