At Om ABODE, holistic / integral development is not just a catch-all phrase. It is an idea that has been carefully considered, an approach that has been thought through in its entirety and a methodology that has been tried-and-tested for efficacy. The training works as a sustained therapy and as a means of earning a consistent livelihood in an environment best suited to the requirement of individuals with special needs. It creates a happy, inspiring environment where the young adults can flourish and deliver their best. Each and every aspect of living and learning at Om ABODE is informed by a 360-degree approach, the outcome of which is experienced in the far-reaching and long-lasting benefits that are truly transformative in nature.
While looking to deliver on the larger vision, the smaller details have been given equal priority. At Om ABODE, the notion of integral development begins with minute attention to the detail and planning of spaces. For e.g. the student dormitories are designed to be cheerful and lively spaces with natural light, ventilation and colourful wall graphics that simulate a home-like environment where the Young Adults can transition with relative ease. A courtyard in each dorm provides a communal area for lively interactions and for improving social skills while also generating a sense of belonging. Similar design considerations have been accorded to the workshops, dining hall and other common areas where the inspiring views and unpolluted air promote a tranquil environment and regulate a healthy work-stay balance. The living design matches the universal design specifications where the spaces are made accessible for those with multiple disabilities.
Besides imparting vocational training skills across a mix of 6 categories, depending on the Young Adult’s interest and aptitude, the future-oriented approach combines vocational training with a comprehensive academic program that includes Personality Development, Basic Math & English, Basic Writing Skills, Oral Speaking Skills, Daily Life Skills and Ethics & Value Education etc., to equip them with a core set of skills and values that will prepare them for real-life situations. The educational / vocational training curriculum matches the Universal Design for Learning objectives, which is the way forward to training diverse learners.
While prayers, meditation, Yoga, laughter therapy, brain gym and outdoor activities are integrated as part of the daily routine, therapies prescribed for specific requirements are also administered by experienced therapists at the Therapy & Wellness Centre.
The Meal Program is devised with the help of expert dieticians to ensure that fresh, well-balanced and nourishing meals are provided in a timely manner.
Rest, relaxation and recreation are par for the course at Om ABODE. Indoor and outdoor extra-curricular activities, sports, games, dance and drama, among others activities, are worked into the daily routine leading to an all-round development of mind and body. Besides, birthdays, festivals, Annual Day and Open Day are celebrated with enthusiasm and gusto. Above all else, it is the positive vibrations, the joyful laughter and the happiness quotient that is the heart and soul of Om ABODE.