Training Our Special Education Teachers

All our orphanages now have a large proportion of children with significant special needs, such as Down Syndrome and other cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, and more.  Public schools usually will not accept these children, and there are few private special education schools available. 

 

The orphanage staff need to learn to provide these children the education, training, and physical rehabilitation they require, but unfortunately, this type of training is very hard to find in China. This is currently the area of greatest need for the orphanages and we want to do what we can to help the children and staff.

 

So in 2018, we began a program to teach the teachers.

 

In May, two experts from the U.S., Lai Mingci and Wu Liyun, went to China to provide four days of training at the Jingdezhen and Nanchang Social Welfare Institutes. To learn more about that event, click here.

 

In August, thirteen teachers attended a two-day workshop in Shangrao by Lisa Jacobs, whose career has focused on teaching visually impaired children. 

What's Next?

 

We’d like to lay out a one-to-two-year training schedule of specific topics for a core group of teachers from Jiangxi province.  This core group of teachers can teach others at their own orphanages and also spreading the teaching out to other orphanages. 

 

To do this, we're looking for professionals who will volunteer their time and expertise, either onsite or via Skype or other technology. Special education teachers would be great for this, but physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists could also provide much-needed education and (if onsite) demonstrate rehab techniques directly with some of the children.

 

Vocational Training


There is also a need for vocational training for the older special-needs orphans, so we'd love to hear from any of you involved in these types of programs who might be able to provide some advice, online teaching, and/or visits to China.  In addition to a teaching plan, consideration might be given to establishing a business at the orphanage (laundry or car wash were mentioned as ideas) that some of the special-need orphans could be trained to work at as they become young adults.

 

How You Can Help


We need professionals, but of course, we also need financial support to help get those teachers to China and support these growing initiatives. See our "Donate Now" button to your left, and insert a note at donation to earmark your funds for our Special Education Training program.