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Early disability detection

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE Hilton Organisation requires $250,000 to operate efficiently each year but this has not stopped it from embarking on ambitious projects to help better the lives of the children in its care.

Hilton president Rajen Kumar said they hoped to bring equipment, which could detect disabilities in young children at an early age.

"Our expenditure is around $250,000.

"That helps us manage the Hilton institutions," Mr Kumar said.

"This year we have embarked on a number of projects, one of them is looking at specialised equipment which will require another $250,000, so this is ambitious but we will give it a shot.

"The children deserve facilities. They need to be properly screened.

"Disabilities come in different forms, types and severity so being a special needs education, or focus to each child, there is more effort required per child, they need more assistance and there is a specialist required to do this."

The Hilton Organisation operates the Early Intervention Centre, the Hilton Special School and the Hilton hostel.

Mr Kumar said their hostel had been caring for disabled children for a long time, including three who had been there for some time.

"Last 15 years ago, if you went down to the cancer ward, they had a number of children with disabilities. We look after three of them who are still surviving.

"What I have noticed personally is that the love and care they get from the caregivers at the hostel is the reason they remain with us.

"They are in their 30s but they look like a 10-year-old-child."