The story of 'Together' began with four children: quadruplets! Lakshmi, Jayanti, Krishna and Jayashree were those 4 miracle kids. However, Krishna and Jayashree were the two kids among the 4 siblings, who fell in the autistic spectrum. While growing-up, Krishna and Jayashree often asked their mother, Sangeetha, "What will happen when we all will grow up? What Lakshmi and Jayanthi will do when we will go to college? We want them to be happy. They should have friends and know how to have fun."
What happens when children with special needs grow-up? Currently, there is a huge vacuum in terms of training for a meaningful way forward for both work and in other areas of life.
Our mission at 'Together life skills centre' is to help young people with autism and other intellectual impairments. Founded by a parent, Sangeeta Chakrapani along with special educators, this centre will conduct an intensive programme on Transition to Adulthood, to prepare for independent living. A specially designed life space has been created where students will undergo vocational training in kitchen skills, self-care, grooming and age-appropriate leisure activities.
Over the past two years, 'Together' has worked on The Cookie Project with the help of Puratos India Ltd who allowed our students to use their state-of-the-art bakery in the corporate headquarters. At another program with Arya Vidya Mandir, the school opened their arms wide and invited our students to interact with theirs during shared assembly time and special events.
Your support will make the programme affordable to more students from low income families and increase the scope of our work. We seek your support for our life skills centre.