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We have included background, our processes of research, findings (themes),

reflections, limitations and future work in this report, which explains every aspect of
our ethnographic research. Each of this aspect has contributed to derive insights
and come to a conclusion. Our ethnographic research was aimed to observe
childrens activities, their environment (surroundings), culture, etc. at AMM. To get a
deeper understanding of how the students live and recognize the behavioral
patterns of the people associated with them, we built a detailed picture of what
happens by observing and interviewing the children as well as the people
associated with them. They have created their own little world of happiness inside
the walls of their school and hostel life. Each one of them possesses a different
spark, passion and perseverance in themselves and demand better learning and
improvisation. Thus, we decided to observe and interview people associated with
Apang Manav Mandal We studied their different behavior in varied situations and
events. We also learnt a lot from their stories, passions, excitement, struggle and
insecurities while visiting them. We have some new perspective added after the
ethnographic research on lives of students at AMM. Now, we are able to see subtle
aspects of their lives in more magnified version. There is a lot more in their lives
along with their disabilities and apart from just disabilities. The most fascinating
thing about us; the humans, is that we all are adaptive to the situation we are
imposed with (willingly or unwillingly). These kids are one of the greatest examples
of that. The most satisfactory thing is that their life emerges out as normal because
of their perspective towards life and their acceptance towards their disabilities. We
could observe their relationships with the people around them, the place, their
colleagues, etc. At boys hostel, we could see the acceptance towards their
disability in routine life which somehow leads to ignorance towards the continuous
realization of their disabilities which is a good thing in way that doesnt make them
feel any different. At girls hostel, girls are finding their situation little bit
more difficult compare to boys considering the dreams and expectations
they have from their lives. Girls seem to be more sincere in studies and
more responsible in general compare to boys.
Although we had detailed view of the lives of the students at AMM, it can
be very enlightening for us to look further in each individuals goals,
thought process, perception and life in general. There is lot of space to
propose a solution for the hurdles they face in their daily life. Moreover,
more deep study of their lives could help in getting some important
conclusions that could change peoples perception about them or help in
proposing technical, psychological or medical solutions for their issues.

Joys: Adversities, Comfort zone, Discipline, leadership qualities,

friendship, love and affection
We really got impressed the way they are following rules and be
disciplined in their environment in spite of having so many adversities. We
have seen them cleaning the whole campus, washing their clothes,
washing their dishes right after eating, etc. They have created their small
little world in the campus. Moreover, fighting with similar adversities
strengthen their bonds. They assign one of the students to lead some of
the activities being done in the campus. For example, the student named
Sahil is one of the important helping hands in doctors activity. The
students were very supportive and responsive to our questions and
observations. The guys named Lakshman showed us all the rooms in the
hostel and introduce to other people in the campus. Also, the second
warden (Alpeshbhai) was very supportive in terms of the permission for
the observations.

Frustration: Rejection, power conflicts, congestion, cleanliness and

In the beginning it was very frustrating to seek permission and face
rejection afterwards. We went to icreate and CIIE before going to the
Apang Manav Mandal (AMM) and even after lot of convincing we had to
face the rejection. Not just this, even after getting formal permission at
AMM, we had to justify our research at AMM to Pravinaben (one of the
trustees) in one of the observations at Sunday morning. We were clear
from our side regarding the formal permission, but due to
misunderstanding among principle, warden and other members we had to
justify our entry in the campus. The area near kitchen and lunch area
stinks a lot because of the washroom located just beside that. It was
frustrating to see very congested condition with too many students in the
single room. At times, we were not able to handle ourselves emotionally
while seeing the students with extreme condition. While observing them
we often used to look back at our life and think philosophically and
compare their lives with us, which was very frustrating in a way
considering everything.

1. By restricting them too much, are they stealing the opportunity from
them to grow or is it legit for discipline?
2. There are students with very less disability (No mental disability). If
they were to put in much more competitive environment, are there
chances of them to grow more?
3. What are relevant courses which could help them in becoming
independent (other than textile, sewing, etc. which are already
available to them)

We are grateful that we got the opportunity to observe and understand
the life of students at AMM. This ethnographic project (research) has
changed our perspective and taken us to the stage where we could take a
stand for these students with proper reasoning. It just didnt make us
realize the flaws in our perspective towards their life but it has also added
some elements of wisdom in our lives in terms of the gratitude for what
we have.

One of the limitations of our ethnographic study was the time constraint. This study was
conducted during the period of four months along with other academics going on and thus it
could cover only limited number of observations and interviews. In all our team could do only
total of 35 observations and 2 interviews, which was pretty less to understand the insights on
individual level. With this limited accessibility to the campus for observation, we
could span our project statement only to a limited extent. Studying the behavioral patterns of
each individual associated with the Apang Manav Mandal was not possible. Also, most of the
observation and interview sessions took place for particular period of time every week. .
Also, we could not observe the mentors and their
Time constraint

Observe in their boundaries their environment
School education
Could not observe other things (while doing different act) peer learning
Bonding with their parents