During COVID-19 pandemic parents of children with disabilities have to act as teachers, therapists and caregivers. UNICEF came to the aid of parents to help them perform their new roles.
Teodora, an 11-year-old with the Down syndrome, is extremely camera-conscious. Just as she appears preoccupied with something else, she suddenly turns around, puts on a smile and strikes a pose. “Are you seeing this?” she said proudly, speaking directly to the camera, as she glided on a hoverboard a few meters forward.
A sunny day of outdoor fun has become a luxury in Tbilisi after Georgia went into a stringent lockdown to slow down the spread of COVID-19. But even now Lia Tabatadze, Teodora’s mother, cannot fully relax. She keeps working as her daughter’s coach, making sure Teodora gets the developmental exercise she needs.
Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, Tabatadze had her hands full with her job and her family and also campaigning for children with special needs. Now she has to juggle an added responsibility of home-schooling her two kids. The most demanding part of her new role is to provide proper care to Teodora.