End of year performance at the Special Needs Kindergarten.
Jan 19, 2018
|I had to be up early this morning, and of course, did not sleep at all well last night, so I really did not feel like going out, but at least I will be able to sleep when I get back home again.
Denise picked me up at the front gate of the college at 8.15am, after she dropped Qianyu off at her kindergarten. I am very impressed at the facilities that the Chinese government provides for parents of kids that need extra care. Qianyu is in the hearing and brain damage section, and she gets one on one support for her speech and pronunciation, two days a week.
We had some spare time before the show would begin, so we stopped in at a little place for breakfast. Very basic surroundings, and limited food, but it was OK.
Another section is for cerebral palsy kids, and another for kids with autism. I'm not sure what else there is, but this costs the parents nothing. They are very lucky to have such support. To diverge, after the show, while we were waiting for the kids to be finished up, Denise took me into the foyer of a new building, which is the Disability Support Services Department in Zhaoqing. Not only do they have the kindergartens, and probably school aged support too, but there is a multi story building dedicated to services for those who need them.
A big thing that I learned is that if an business man employs a disabled person, who is suitable for the role, he will get a tax deduction, so there are incentives in place to get these people into the workforce and earning a living. There are limited finances available to help in supporting people while they are trying to get work, and training, also re-training to give them further help.
We went to the 14th floor, to a very crowded foyer, which led into a smallish theatre where the kindy kids were preparing to do their show. The place was jammed with firstly, the 'stars' sat in front, then the rest of the space filled to bursting with parents, siblings, and grandparents, as well as other interested persons!! And of course the obligatory VIPs!
Qianyu had an important role during the whole show, as one of the announcers. Her and a little boy were doing announcements, along with two of the teachers.
The show was really very well put together, and in particular, when you consider the hurdles these kids (and their teachers) have to overcome. But it all ran very smoothly, and it was thoroughly enjoyable! I am so glad to have made the connection with Gary and Denise and little Qianyu, and appreciate being accepted into their family!
After we left the show, Denise went down to Kangle Beilu, to pick up her grandmother. She had told me that we would collect some bedding from her old house, and take it to her new house, and then have lunch with the grandmother.
It was quite hot, I was very sleepy, and could feel a headache coming on, so I begged out, and got Denise to drop me off at home, promising to catch up with her grandmother at a later date. I really needed to get my head down, and actually proceeded to sleep for most of the rest of the day.
Of course that in turn, messed up my sleeping again, and it was important to rest up, because tomorrow is going to be a huge day, with the parade on, and then a show that night, tickets courtesy of the cook at Qianyu's kindy.