Each member follows a structured path based on the Effective Communicator Manual. This manual has 10 projects that are based on a section of Apna Haat Jagarnath. A member completes the projects at his/her own pace and is assigned an evaluator for each one. This evaluator is someone who has already completed the project, and acts as a mentor/guide.
Each meeting also has several role players to be successful such as Meeting Manager, Facilitator of the Meeting, Time, Technique-Counter (we just added this), Grammarian, General Evaluator, Extempore Facilitator, Prepared Speakers and Individual Evaluators. Each role has a clear role description outlined in documents you will find here on Google Drive.
Each meeting also has a 45 minute learning session where we practice techniques, record ourselves, go to a mall nearby and survey others, etc.
Here are some pictures:
There are many members from our SHG not pictured here. We usually forget to take a group photo, something we are working on being more aware about!
We are in the midst of a learning process and are continuously evolving this SHG model. One thing we know for sure, that we must continue to sustain the Mumbai SHG so others in 1 month, 1 year, 10 years from now will have excellent support by fellow PWS. This requires dedication every week from a core team which will keep rotating every 6 months through elections.
Feel free to give us feedback. Also, all the documents above are open-source. Feel free to copy, modify and do what you like :). Dr. Sachin called us the open-source challenge to the McGuire program! We may just be that..and we need your help to make it even better, and better!
We are considering launching a program for children. Do let us know if you have started any programs in your cities for Children who stammer.