The Spastics Society of Tamilnadu (SPASTN)

Vocational Training Center

Vocational Training Centre, Taramani

Students at age 14 enter the transition programs who may not be able to cope with mainstream curriculum. They are trained in prevocational skills based on their potential, current abilities and needs for support. Students with high support needs are trained in sheltered workshop setting. They are trained in paper cup making, candle lights, phenyl making, paper bags, etc. Functional academics are an integral part of their curriculum. For their social and recreational needs they have curricular activities like dancing, painting and sport activities.

Able@WoW (World of Work)

ABLE@WOW’s is a community based vocational training program with key community partners from the Food & Beverage and Hospitality Services industry. The key focus is to train students for employability skills in areas where there are job opportunities so that we move away from supply-driven to demand-driven model of vocational training to meet the training needs of PWD. Initially the project shall focus on key areas such as Food & Beverage, Environmental Cleaning and Hospitality Services. We carry out career assessment for students before we train them.

The context of training shall be both at the Centre based and on-job-training gradually moving on to work-experience program. The on-the-job training differentiates itself from work-experience program as the staff of SPASTN will be providing job and skills training support at the work site and when a student’s skills have reached a level of fluency the amount of staff support would be gradually reduced to being intermittent when on work-experience program. The program prepares the community partners through Employer Education program. The school works closely with employers so that once our students are placed on the job we have created the support systems to ensure sustainability on the job.