Monday, July 30, 2012

Working with the Community of Mindo

We simply loved working with the community in Mindo and those others nearby who joined us. Over two days, we exchanged information, and learned from one another how to create adaptations that made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Our information exchange starts with making friends!

Our volunteers share ideas with local teachers.

We have so much in common.  We all have the care, respect, and desire to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.  The teachers share a commitment to the students, providing the best education possible with the resources they have. The therapists apply their special skills to improve and increase the abilities of people they serve.  

Most important, we all have ideas for how to turn simple, affordable materials into adaptations that make it possible for someone to live more independently, be more included in school activities, and communicate with more ease and understanding.



Everyone makes new adaptations from materials available in the local markets.

Unique ideas come out of our collaboration, like this simple finger exercise for physical therapy.

A local man demonstrates how using an adapted spoon and slant board makes it easier for him to eat.
This teacher demonstrates how she made a visual schedule with hand drawings that clip on.

This school psychologist created a maze with a box top, bottle caps, and beans. 

Creating this simple counting activity adds significantly to the sparse materials available in the classrooms.

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