Inclusion is part of a much larger picture than just the placement in the class within mainstream schools. It’s also about being included in life and participating in day to day activities as a member of the community using one’s abilities. The inclusion process must incorporate fundamental change in the way a community supports and addresses the individual needs of the child. The Sibling Workshops are one step towards that change.
Since 2016, SEP has organized Sibling Workshops in partnership with Sarakasi Trust with the aim of creating a platform for the siblings to learn about their sibling with disability, share experiences, talk about their feelings, their worries and their fears, and have fun with their peers. The Sarakasi team do what they do best: they use different games, songs, puppet shows and plays, with the aim to create more awareness on disability.
The Sibling Workshops are scheduled 2-3 times a year during the school holidays. So far, 748 siblings have attended the workshops.
The workshops have proven to be beneficial for the siblings in understanding disabilities, their causes and how to support their peers with disabilities. It is also a good place for them to vent their feelings and help them cope with the family situation.