Serving the Whole Family
When twins Kalifa and Aquila Mubyana were born, their mother Aida Raha knew that something was different about her son Kalifa. “He was weaker than his sister, but the doctor kept telling us ‘our son was fine and boys develop later,’” Aida said. When Kalifa was four months-old, the doctors finally confirmed what Aida already knew: Kalifa was blind. In the following months, he was diagnosed with epilepsy, then an intellectual delay.
Aida knew she had to find a school that could accommodate both Aquila’s and Kalifa’s different needs. The Blind Children’s Center was exactly that place. At the Center, students who are blind or visually impaired learn alongside children who are typically developing. Between inclusive classrooms and supportive parent groups, Aida found a place that cared about the entire family.
For Kalifa, the Center provides an understanding environment that can adapt to his educational and social needs. “I want my son to have a positive experience at school and not feel like school is a place where he is being pressured or judged,” said Aida. The Center’s teachers and specialists adapt each classroom activity so that Kalifa can participate along with his classmates.
The Center has helped Aquila become more understanding of children with disabilities, like her brother. Aida said, “My daughter has learned it’s not just her brother who is different. It has increased her knowledge of humanity and empathy.” On the Center’s playground, Aquila is known for playing gently with younger students and her friends with disabilities.
The family services at the Center have been invaluable for Aida, connecting her with resources for her children and providing guidance and support through weekly parent groups. “BCC has taught me how to be a good mom to someone with a disability,” said Aida.
The greatest service that BCC has provided for Aida’s family is peace of mind about her family’s future. “The Center has given me hope that there is a future for my son, and that even with his disabilities he will be able to lead a full life,” she said. Thanks to the strong foundation Aida and her children have built at the Center, Aida knows that they can overcome any obstacle life puts in their way.
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