Abhinanda Home: Kashmir’s Oldest School for Special Children in Shambles

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali

Kashmir’s oldest school for deaf, dumb and blind students-Abhinanda Home-   was established in 1941. The institute has been imparting education to specially-abled children for decades now. Located on the roadside in Srinagar’s Rambagh area, the Abhinanda Home has two buildings and a spacious lawn. It has classrooms with speech teaching room for deaf and dumb and Braille instructor room for blind children. The institute provides education free of charges to deaf kids from Nursery to 10th standard, in sign language, lip movements and speech therapy.

As per the school management, lack of financial support from government is the biggest impediment in running day to day affairs at the institution. Despite being the oldest school for physically disabled kids in Kashmir, the government has failed to pay any attention to improve conditions here.

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