Special Needs Center in China
Organized by: Hannah Harkey
Because Special Needs Care has only recently been introduced in China, community centers for special needs children from low-income families are extremely understaffed, and local staff benefit greatly from the assistance of volunteers.
Hannah's experience working with deaf, blind, and multi-handicapped children will be invaluable as she works alongside local staff in a Special Needs Center assisting children and adults with varied physical and mental disabilities in Xi'an, China. The children and adults in this program come from poor backgrounds and are unable to receive an education through the mainstream school system.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Your donation, however big or small, will benefit the lives of special needs children in Xi'an, China. If you're unable to donate, you can still help support by spreading the word. Thank you so much!
Last year, Hannah assisted in intake, triage, pre-op, and post-op with a team of medical professionals performing eye surgeries in Guatemala. The team saw over 130 patients, completed more than 60 surgeries, and provided patients with protective and corrective eyewear, and postoperative medication.
An AmeriCorps alumni, she volunteered over 1,000 hours fostering animals for the Humane Society, and preparing and delivering meals at organizations including Loaves and Fishes, and Meals on Wheels.
During college, she began assisting children with various learning disabilities. She worked at The Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexics for three years, supporting the students’s reading and language skills, introducing them to Deaf Culture, and laying a strong foundation for further studies in ASL and other languages.
In 2014, she began working at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in a classroom with deaf-blind multi-handicapped students. Here she helped prepare them to successfully transition into adult life after graduation by developing social, career, and adaptability skills. She now works in the resource center, and continues seeking ways to help students with disabilities gain access to the tools and information they need to live more normal lives.