From The Founder
During my education & the time when I was a teacher, many a times I came across some special children, who used to go in the normal schools. But in those schools these children were treated indifferently and teachers couldn't pay special attention to them as required.
I used to think there must be some special school dedicated to these children where they can be treated and trained in a special way, keeping their needs & abilities in mind.
Getting inspired with this thought and with the aim of serving these special children I started learning about special education and completed my Diploma in Special Education from the National Institute of Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad in 1996.
With all the support and encouragement of my family, friends and well wishers, I started Shikhar Society in the year 2002. Today the Shikhar family has covered a long journey of 13 years and at present, 65 Mentally Retarded, Cerebral Palsied, Autistic and Multiple Disabled persons are getting special education, vocational training, physiotherapy, speech therapy, etc. according to their needs. We have surveyed and indentified 892 persons with intellectual disability till now.
However I always think that this is just the beginning and we are still to cover a long journey. Our team has high aims and dreams for which we work hard to see them turning into reality. We do not call these children Disabled, we rather call them Differently Abled, because we just have to find that special ability of these children, and work on making it his identity. These special children have the right to live and grow like others within the same social environment and we will leave no stone unturned in making this happen.
In the end, I would like to thank my family, friends, donors, volunteers, members and staff of Shikhar, who are always active to work with great perseverance and dedication. By the grace of the Almighty, I can see dreams turning into reality. This path was by no means easy but it has been a beautiful journey.
- Meenakshi Saxena
(Secretary, Shikhar Society)