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Institute Information

History of the Institute:
There are several differently abled people who have the desire to educate themselves and get respectable jobs and lead a happy independent life like any other normal human being. But due to their defect like visual imparity or other disability they cannot do so. Our Trust has come forward to help such people providing them the equipments to educate themselves which are not easily available. The Trust started on the 1st December 2008 with the aim to educate the visually impaired in Computer skills, so that they can perform like any other normal people.

Disability Specialization:
Visual Imparism, Partial sited people, other differently abled people.

Nature of Service:
VComputer Training with the special software JAWS,to the visually impaired. Spoken English classes for all the inmates, Yoga and Pranayama, Braille Teaching, Braille Library and Talking book Library ranging from PUC to Post graduation, Braille Transcription Centre for printing Braille books, providing Braille aids and appliances

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Pick and Drop Project: The wants to offer daily transportation to the severely impaired to pursue their acedemic career. Health and Medical care Project : Under this project the Trust wants to make available the Medical facility to those who are not within the reach and those who cannot afford. The Trust also wants to hold Medical camps in remote areas as well as cities and make a door to door survey. Provideing Hostel for those who come from a long distance and cannot commute daily.

Number of Beneficiaries:
Till now around a hundred visually impaired have been trained in Computer skills like office automation as well as internet explorer. Braille aids and appliances are provided to the needy, which are purchased from National Institute for Visually handicapped, Dehradun.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
This Trust is located in Karnataka state, in the city of Mysore: The address is: # 151-f, 4th Cross, Gokulam 3rd Stage,Mysore 570 002. The State : Karnataka Country : India

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
The visually impaired are trained in Computer Basics as well as Internet Explorer. As already mentioned they are placed with suitable jobs.Due to the efforrts of the Trust, more than 30 students have got national scholarships.The school students of Rangarao Memorial School for disabled are being trained in the Computer skills as well as the English Language. The Trust has taken up the responsibvility of Printing the Braille text books for the benefit of school as well as college students.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
The Trust is providing Computer Training to the visually impaired with the software JAWS and this is not easily available everywhere. The Trust is striving for alround welfare of the disabled. Improve their language skills , tech them Yoga and Pranayama, teach them Braille script and provide the Braille books and Audio CDs forthe college level students.

Present Needs of the Institute:
The Trust wants to provide any kind of help for the visually impaired and the differently abled people for their alround progress ilike: To educate them, to help them to get jobs, to provide medical help to the needy and to help the severely disabled people to pursue their studies by picking them from their respective homes and by dropping them to the Institutes or colleges where they want to study and vice versa.

Contact Address:
# 151-f, 4th Cross,
Gokulam, 3rd stage,
Mysore 570 002.
Phone No.0821-2510129
Mob.: 9886409563.

Email Address:
divya.jyothi.trust@gmail.com

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Centre for Research Education and Social Transformation

History of the Institute:
CREST an acronym for Centre for Research Education and Social Transformation is a non-profit organisation promoted by professionally qualified social workers in the inter-border villages of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. CREST is striving to create social inclusion of the person with disabilities.

Disability Specialization:
Multisensory Impairment and other category of Disability

Nature of Service:

  • Day Care Centre
  • Community Based Rehabilitation

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Deafblind

Number of Beneficiaries:
25 Deafblind and 760 People with Disabilities

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Inter-border villages of Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram Districts

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
Rehabilitated about 70 Person with Disabilities

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Promoting Sports, culture and fine arts among the Person with Disabilities

Present Needs of the Institute:
Managed by Professional Social Workers

Contact Address:
Dr. P. Saleel Kumar MSW., PhD
Executive Director CREST
XIV - Iyngamam, Parasala
Thiruvananthapuram (Dist)
Kerala, India

Email Address:
info@crestresources.org
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SRI GANAPATI SACHCHIDANANDA (SGS) CENTRE FOR THE REHABILITATION OF COMMUNICATION IMPAIRED

History of the Institute:
The Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda (SGS) centre for the Rehabilitation of Communication Impaired, Bangalore started in 1996.

Disability Specialization:

  • Hearing Impaired
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Disabled
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Mental Retardation

Nature of Service:
  • Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Integrated School for the Deaf, MR, ASD, LD, ADHD children
  • Early infant-mother training program for the mother's of deaf children

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
In the rehabilitation and education which includes diagnosis, prevention and counseling of deaf, ASD, LD, ADHD children.

Number of Beneficiaries:
71

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
South Bangalore

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • Director of the centre won Karnataka State level award in 2006
  • Successfully rehabilitated deaf children and 7 LD children appearing for NIOS
  • Published many books and articles and CDs in the professional are

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Developed an innovative teaching methodology titled "Datta Methodology for Enhancing Learning" available in Print and CD

Present Needs of the Institute:
Trust of the centre is in the rehabilitation of deaf children by training mothers of the young deaf children and ameliorating autism through integrated yoga therapy

Contact Address:
SGS Centre for the Rehabilitation of the communication Impaired
3rd C Main, 7th Cross
Girinagar II Phase
Bangalore
Phone: 080-26727141, 65593266
Email: vagdevitrust@rediffmail.com
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THE TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE OF POONA BLIND MEN'S ASSOCIATION

History of the Institute:
The Technical Training Institute of Poona Blind Men's Association is first project of Poona Blind Men's Association. The Institute has been imparting Vocational Training and Rehabilitation services to the Visually Impaired from 1952. Till 1960 it was known as the Sheltered Workshop for the blind. The institute imparts vocational training and provides for rehabilitation services to the visually challenged in age group of 18 to 35 years through its quality training program and latest workshop and labs. The institute provides trainees with quality food, accommodation, health care, recreation facility and vocational training in various trades and courses at free of charge.

Our Vision & Our Mission:
To empower the visually impaired to acquire sufficient skill and techniques through updated vocational training to find employment / self-employment enhance his day to day life. To disseminate career information, provide career counseling, job search, training and assistance.

Disability Specialization:
Visually Impaired Age group 18 to 35.

Nature of Service:
AREAS OF TRAINING PERSONAL:

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Independent living
  • Job skills
  • Braille communication
  • Social and communication skills


VOCATIONAL TRAINING:
Professional Training in special trades
  • Telephone operating
  • I T Training
  • Naturopathy – massage

Handicraft based Training
  • Weaving & Tailoring
  • Cane work and Handicraft
  • Chalk and Candle making
  • Basis of Engineering & Electronic

Personality Development
  • Training in Braille
  • Communication
  • English Speaking
  • Mobility

Training & Trades at the Institute:
  • Telephone Operator’s Training
  • Naturopathy and Massage
  • Computer Operating
  • Allied Handicraft based Training
    • Weaving
    • Tailoring
    • Cane work
    • Handicraft
    • Chalk and Candle making
  • Personality Development, Music, Braille & Mobility


HOSTEL FOR TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE OF POONA BLIND MEN'S ASSOCIATION:
The institute provides free hostel facilities to all its trainees. Trainees from the metropolitan area of Pune have to attend as day trainees. The institute has two hostel premises on campus enough to accommodate 75 girls and 75 boys in all 150 blind trainees. The ladies hostel is in the main building, comprising of eight rooms. The boy’s hostel has two big dormitories located in another building. Both stay areas are having beds, fans and lockers etc., and are well ventilated. Adequate staff headed by Hostel Supervisor is posted 24x7 on the premises. Services of a Hon. Doctor are made available to all the trainees and the facilities of two well known hospitals e.g. Sane Guruji Hospital and H V Desai Eye Hospital are enlisted to provide hospital care to our trainees.

THE INSTITUTE ALSO HAS ON ITS CAMPUS SERVICE PROJECTS:
The Computerized Braille Press:
Established in 1998 with the help of Share and Care foundation and Shri Lakhani the Computerized Braille Press produces the most needed Braille Books for the Visually Impaired in Marathi Hindi and English. A Braille Magazine “Anterjoyti” is published for last five decades which is the first Marathi Braille Magazine. The press has produced 254 titles and around 37000 copies since inception.

The Digital Talking Book Project:
The project produces digital Audio books for the blind which helps them in higher education Audio books are given free at cost to the blind through out the country. A 60 minute Audio Magazine “Dwanidarshan” is produced and distributed for the last 23 years.

The Employment & Rehabilitation Office:
The services of Employment & Placement office are provided to any needy Visually Impaired. Jobs are found for them in various governments, industrial and small scale establishments. In additions self employment schemes are also worked out for them in which financial assistance is given/ arranged by the Poona Blind Men's Association.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Vocational Training & Rehabilitation

Number of Beneficiaries:
100 Hostel Trainees and 75 Day trainees

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Pune

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
Training imparted – 167
Placements – 33
Self Employment – 07
Trainees appearing for Higher Education through Open University – 41

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Most updated training in 9 trades. Good rehabilitation ratio maintained.

Contact Address:
Shri N.P. Pandya
Executive Director
Shri Arvind Bamankar
Superintendent
Technical Training Institute
109 Dr. Helen Keller Road
Ramtakdi Hadapsar
Pune - 411013
Phone: 020 – 26870609 / 26870986
Email: tti60@vsnl.com
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LEPROSY RELIEF RURAL CENTRE

History of the Institute:
Leprosy Relief Rural Centre was started in the year 1956 exclusively for leprosy and was recognized by the Government as part of National Leprosy Control Programme (NLCP), which was constituted in 1955. The Centre was responsible for the whole of Omalur Taluk and part of Mettur Taluk (population of 2, 40,000) for diagnosis and treatment of leprosy. In the year 1976 an orthopaedic splint workshop was inaugurated. In the year 1995 the Department of Cancer was introduced mainly to detect early cervical cancers among women. In 1999, as the incidence of leprosy was brought down from 4/1000 to <1/10,000, the hospital was converted into a general hospital.

Currently the hospital has been recognized by the government as a referral hospital for leprosy ulcer for Salem District, and as a referral hospital for reconstructive surgery for leprosy cured patients for Salem, Namakkal, Erode and Coimbatore districts. In the year 1988 treatment for Tuberculosis was started. It was recognized in Sep 2000, as a Tuberculosis Unit under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme with responsibility for 500000 population. In 2000, the Department of Ophthalmology was started. Has been a member of the District Blindness Control Society and has been conducting free eye camps for removal of cataract.

Disability Specialization:

  • Physical Handicapped
  • Leprosy Cured
  • Visually Impaired

Nature of Service:
  • Medical, surgical and therapeutic
    • General medicine
    • Orthopedic
    • Ophthalmology
    • General surgery
    • Dermatology
    • Gynecology
    • TB
  • Physiotherapy (Orto, leprosy and general)
  • Manufacturing MCR footwear to the condition of the patient

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
  • Internship for conducting eye camps
  • Internship for physiotherapy

Number of Beneficiaries:

Total number of patients assessed during last year 866
Given self-care education 895
Dressing for ulcer 3894
Self-care kits 35
Splints & slabs, spica & POP 974
Wax bath 810
Oil massage with exercise 3750
Physio (Orto and general)


Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
  • Entire district of Salem for cataract surgeries under the District Blindness Control Society
  • District of Salem for Leprosy ulcer
  • Districts of Salem, Erode, Namakkal and Coimbatore for Reconstructive surgery for cured leprosy patients
  • Surrounding villages for general medicine, ortho, gynecology

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • 1988: Best Institution Award by the Government of Tamilnadu
  • 1989: Best Institution Award by the Government of Tamilnadu
  • 1992: Best Institution Award by the Government of Tamilnadu
  • 1993: The National Award by Government of India for LRRC's outstanding performance as Employers of Handicapped Persons
  • 2002-2003: Certificate of Merit in appreciation of the outstanding work on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme
  • 2006 for best performance for the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme

Contact Address:
Leprosy Relief Rural Centre
R.C. Chettipatty
Omalur
Salem – 636455
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 04290 – 220251, 220357
Email: lrrcomalur@gmail.com
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DON BOSCO SPEECH AND HEARING CENTRE

History of the Institution:
Dinasevanasabha (DSS), the Congregation of the Servants of the poor, is a community of Religious women in the Church. It is registered under the Societies registration Act XXl of 1860 with No.43/1970 and it aims at the uplift of the poor people of remote villages. DSS has the history of 39 Years and it was founded in 1969 at Pattuvam Village Kannur District, Kerala, India. The specific aim of this Religious Institute is to continue the evangelizing mission of Christ by rendering services both material and spiritual, to the poor, especially to those living in remote rural areas. The members of the congregation try to achieve this goal by various developmental schemes and projects, such as Rural Dispensaries and Community Health Centers Nursery Schools, Non formal education programme, Vocational training centers for the School drop out boys and girls, Pastoral and Evangelization activities, Homes for the aged Mentally Challenged, Handicapped children, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, unwed mothers, Jail released women, etc.

We also concentrate on Orphanages, Leprosarium, Family Apostolate women empowerment programme, Self help Groups Self employment, HIV / AIDS, CBR Programme etc. DSS has national reach with 83 convents all over India. The social service activities mentioned above are rendered to all sections of populations irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Don Bosco Speech and Hearing Centre is an Educational Institution in the District of Kannur run and Managed by DSS (Dinasevanasabha) Upavibhavan, Karakundu, a remote Village, and 12km away from Taliparamba Taluk. The School started functioning in 1981. Seeing the precarious situation of these unfortunate Disabled Children, the Organization decided to provide necessary such as identification, assessment referral treatment and training etc.

It has been rendering the services for the education of the Hearing Impaired children. During the incipient years we gave them an integrated education. As the number of the children increased we are forced to impart a special schooling for these unprivileged once at Karakundu. Now the School Don Bosco Speech and Hearing is running smoothly with the strength of 100 HI Children under the guidance of 17 dedicated teaching staff and 10 non-teaching staff with the help of CBM. From 1981 onwards we had been running Don Bosco Speech and Hearing Centre and about 350 Handicapped Children were benefited from our School. The educational department of Kerala has recognized it. Eight batches of SSLC students successfully completed their courses.

Disability specialization:
The Academic education is a special type of training for which the Institution had specially trained teachers and follows the Maternal Reflective Method (MRM) and Total Communication in teaching the students. Educational opportunities are very rare for the disabled and to educate them special institution with specific curriculum are needed.

Nature of the service:

  • School Education
  • Vocational education
  • Vocational training like book binding, cutting and tailoring and computer training are the some of the areas offer technical support to others.
Number of Beneficiaries
100

Geographical coverage of the Institute:
The proposed location of this Institute is Karakundu village and the site is situated in the ward No.2 of the Pariyaram Panjayath at a distance of 10 km from the nearest town, Taliparamba and 6 km from the national highway. There are no industries in the target area and the general living condition and the socio economic situation are very poor. Majority are poor and marginalized belonging to the Dalit Communities, dependent on agriculture or construction related to cooli work.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • All Kerala Parents Association presented an award for SSLC passed and for securing highest mark in the district in SSLC examination.
  • All the students secured good marks in the SSLC examinations.
  • School got 1st place in the district meet and 5th place in the state meet.
  • School has won rolling trophy and individual champions in the sports and cultural competitions.
  • Eleven students accrued hearing aids from SSA.
  • During the last two years 17 students completed the SSLC exam successfully and two of our students secured the highest grade in this regard.
The Innovative practices of the Institute:
In the renewed Curriculum, the HI Students find it very difficult to develop their language in written form. As per the request of the Teachers, the Management has requested the Department of Education to simplify their language and formulate a special syllabus according their capacity. According to the direction of the Government, we have inaugurated the “Ente Maram” (my Tree) project by the Ward Member of the Pariyaram Panjayath. In order to evaluate and impart a better Education, we are giving SRG and school staff meeting once in two week. The well functioning class PTA, Mother PTA and the School PTA are helping to create a mutual better understanding and a relationship among the Parents, Teachers and Students.

The co-curricular activities and pre-vocational programmes in various crafts such as drawing, painting, clay modeling, and Umbrella making cutting and tailoring and exhibits the above said items in the work experience on the spot competitions. The students of this school simultaneously showed their abilities in Educational level as well as in sports and games. Our Sisters started door-to-door survey for community-based rehabilitation. Our involvement and interaction resulted in good number of disabled in different categories at about 6000 population.

Present Needs of the Institution:
  • Financial assistance to promote the Community based Rehabilitation Programme (CBR) to support the PWDs.
  • Skill development Training for the hearing impaired. (Vocational training and continuing education).
Contact Address:
The Correspondent
Don Bosco Speech & Hearing Centre
Karakundu, Thiruvattoor P.O.
Taliparamba (via) – 670502,
Kannur District
Kerala, India
Telephone: 0460 - 2222329, 2223230
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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND, KARNATAKA

History of the Federation:
National Federation of the Blind is the largest “self help organization” of the blind across the country. It was founded in March 1970, since then it has been engaged to struggle for entitlement of all those rights of the persons with blindness that their sighted counter parts enjoy. The enactment of persons with disability act 1995, entry of visually impaired persons in I.A.S examination, recruitment of thousands of blind persons in various government jobs across the country have been the proud success of the organization. The Federation is also extending various infrastructural and institutional services for empowerment of visually impaired men and women in the area of education, employment accessibility to knowledge and information and social integration.

Structural Status:
This is a democratic organization. The Highest decision making body is elected by four years. All decisions at all level are taken by blind persons themselves. The federation operates in most of the state through its state Branches and District units. State branch of Karnataka came in force in 2004. The present office bearers are President - Goutam Prakash Agarwal and General Secretary - Ms. Madhu Singhal.

Disability Specialization:
Blindness

Nature of Service:

  • Running two Hostels for college going visually impaired boys at Bangalore and Mysore respectively, where 50 college going blind students are provided with free lodging boarding and facilities to support studies.
  • Supply of Assistive Devices: Federation makes available to the Blind individuals through out the state all kind of assistive aids and appliances of day to day living at its store in Bangalore on “No Loss No Profit” basis. Around 200 visually impaired persons have been benefited on this service during last 11/2 years.
  • Information and Counselling Services: Under this service the persons with Blindness, their parents and institutions are made aware of all up - date and accurate informations in regard with concession, facilities services opportunities available to them at local, National and International level in public as well as private sector.
  • Personal Assistance: Offers personal assistance to all those visually impaired persons who are in need, assistance is given in term of counselling guidance legal aid finance of support.
  • Advocacy: Prime focus area of the federation to lobby and advocacy for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights of the persons with disability in general and blind in particular. We have identified and raised with the state government various issues pertaining implementation, mis-implementation and violation of different provision of persons with disability act and other legal as well as executive documents of government of India and international bodies. In addition to general advocacy for promotion of the rights of the visually impaired persons we take up the matters of individual discrimination injustice or denial of rights.

Number of Beneficiaries:
350

Geographical Coverage of the Federation:
Karnataka

Contact Address:
National federation of the Blind,
# 2930/15, 2nd Floor
Mahakavi Kuvempu Road
Rajajinagar 2nd Stage
Bangalore – 560010
Telephone: 080 – 23424184
Fax: 080 – 23489031
Email: nfbkarnataka@gmail.com
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PBMA’S H.V. DESAI EYE HOSPITAL

History of the institute:
PBMA’S H. V. Desai Eye Hospital is a project of Poona Blind Men’s Association. It is a center committed to socio economic rehabilitation of blind since last 50 years. Sri N. P. Pandya, Executive Director of PBMA, not only dreamt but also fulfilled his dream to establish PBMA’S H. V. Desai Eye Hospital. This hospital functions with aims to:

  • Provide comprehensive quality eye care without discrimination, between free and payment cases.
  • Reach out program in the area upto 350 km from hospital.
  • Free treatment to more than 60% cases.
  • To impart postgraduate and paramedical training.
  • Research center to promote research projects.
  • To develop super specialty services in Cornea, Vitreo retina, Medical retina, Glaucoma & Paediatric Ophthalmology.
  • To develop Ocular Surface Management Institute.
  • To develop Community Ophthalmology Institute.

With these clear aims and aspirations the hospital started functioning at a small place in the PBMA’S Blind Women Hostel since 1997 with a small team of Col. Madan Deshpande and Dr. Parikshit Gogate. In the first year the hospital performed 2000 lens implant surgeries and reached upto 4000 surgeries by year 1999. Then the hospital was shifted to new building of 44000 sq feet on 5 acre land in Jan 2000. CBM started helping the hospital since 2000. This has provided hospital with new building along with newer horizons. The hospital started ‘Reach out program’ for Solapur district and twice a week a program is conducted in bringing 30 - 60 cases per trip to operate them with IOL and drop back to their places. This has helped the hospital to build credibility as a safe and quality eye center.

Disability specialisation:
Ophthalmology Comprehensive with Education and Rehabilitation

Nature of service:
Blind Rehabilitation and Vocational Training

Projects:
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Project in Collaboration with ORBIS International
  • CBM Project
  • Helpage India
  • KEM Hospital Project
  • Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
  • Clinical Research Survey of Lux Biosciences
  • ETI Clinical Research
In what areas the institute can offer technical support to others?
Training of ophthalmologist in Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Phaco, SICS & Paediatric Ophthalmology.

Number of beneficiaries:
  • Total No. of OPD: 94460
  • Total No. of Surgery: 22680
  • Total No. of Corneal Collection: 304
  • Total No. of Cornea Transplant: 162
  • Total No. of Pune Camps: 237
  • Total No. of Pune Camp Surgeries: 3028
  • Total No. of Solapur Camps: 232
  • Total No. of Solapur Camp Surgeries: 8004
  • Pediatric Department Activity:

  • ORBIS Project Activities Jan- Dec 06
    No. of Doctors Trained 0
    No. of Non Doctors Trained 1429
    No. of Children Examined 46064
    No. of Children Medically Treated 3573
    No. of Eye Surgeries Performed 800
    No. of Persons educated on Protecting Sight 4988
Geographical coverage of the institute:
H. V. Desai Eye Hospital caters its services in the districts of Pune, Solapur, Satara and Nandurbar.

Achievements of the institutes in the last two years:
  • Eye Bank, H. V. Desai Eye Hospital has been awarded a prize by the Govt. of Maharashtra for the best Eye Bank in Pune.
  • Dr. (Mrs) Sucheta Kulkarni was awarded J. P. Mahashabde award for her paper presentation in AIOS on Feb 2007 at Hyderabad. The paper was also selected as Indian Paper in IOS conference at Hong Kong in 2008.
  • Mr. N. P. Pandya was awarded for individual contribution in the field of community eye care. He received the award from Mr. V. K. Subburaj, IAS, Health Secretary, Govt. of Tamilnadu on 25 Nov 2007 at Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore.

Innovative practices of the institute:
Training and research

Contact address:
PBMA’S H. V. Desai Eye Hospital
93, Tarwade Vasti
Mohammadwadi
Hadapsar, Pune – 411028
Maharashtra
Phone: 020 – 26970043/26970144
Fax: 020 – 26970087
Mobile: 9822044909
Email: desaieyehospital@vsnl.net / m_deshpande@vsnl.net

Contact Person: Col. M. Deshpande VSM, Chief Medical Director
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MOBILITY INDIA

History of the institute:
Mobility India was set up in Bangalore, South India, in 1994 to reduce the wide gap between the need and availability of rehabilitation services in rural India. Mr. Chapal Khasnabis, the founder Executive Director was instrumental in establishing and shaping Mobility India. His vision and determination are the guiding forces behind MI's success. MI promotes mobility for persons with disabilities, especially those in rural areas and urban slums, who are poor especially women and children through awareness raising, training, improved services, advocacy, research and development, and all other activities towards an inclusive society where persons with disabilities have equal rights and a good quality of life. MI is the organisation that has a perfect blend of disability and non-disability at all levels - an innovative organisation of abilities and commitment and its approach to address the real need. Mobility India has come up in a big way since its inception. It has grown tremendously because of the need. The Regional Resource Centre was established in 1998 at Kolkata to promote our work in North Eastern part of India

Our Vision
An inclusive society where people with disabilities have equal rights and a good quality of life

Our Mission
Enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families by:

  • providing rehabilitation services
  • assisting in reduction of poverty
  • facilitating access to basic needs such as livelihood, healthcare, education, housing etc
  • promoting human rights
  • empowering self-help groups and disabled peoples organizations
  • supporting in implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related National Acts & Legislations

Mobility India’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Centre – “Millennium Building on Disability” is a state of the art model disabled friendly building with various accessibility features for all. It is an ideal model of how a building can influence Changes in the Disability field and it houses all of Mobility India’s activities. It is also the only Training centre in Karnataka in particular and South India in general to train and develop manpower especially persons with disabilities in the field of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation and also promotion of Community Based Rehabilitation. Students include persons from low-income groups in rural areas and urban slums. It is envisaged that they will undergo the training and go back to their communities to work for persons with disabilities in their respective places.

Nature of Service:
  • Human Resource Development in Rehabilitation
  • Habilitation and Rehabilitation Services
  • Development and Promotion of Appropriate Technology
  • Jaipur Foot Production Unit
  • Community Based Rehabilitation in Rural and Urban Districts
  • Education and Livelihood Opportunities in (ELO) Chamarajnagar District, Karnataka
  • Partner Support
  • Networking and advocacy

Number of beneficiaries:
  • Total number of people assessed from April 2006 – March 2007 is 2532.
  • Total number of fitment of assistive devices from April 2006 – March 2007 is 3399.
  • Total number of people assessed from April 2007 – March 2008 is 2972.
  • Total number of people fitted with assistive devices from April 2007 – March 2008 is 4190.

Geographical coverage of the institute:
Mobility India assists 21 grass root organizations in rural areas of Southern India and North Eastern India and also in other developing countries to develop and strengthen their disability programme through a holistic approach in rehabilitation. MI has its Community Based Rehabilitation programme in urban slums covering 4 wards (23 slums) and Chamrajnagar district in two hoblies (Harave and Kasaba) covering 75 villages.

Achievements of the institute in the last two years
The achievements of Mobility India are as follows:-
  • Recognition of training programme by International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
  • Consensus Conference on wheelchair
  • Transferring of technology to Ethiopia
  • Education & Livelihood Opportunities at Chamrajnagar District Karnataka

Innovative practices of the institute:-
  • First disabled friendly building in Bangalore
  • Developing appropriate technology that benefits Persons with Disabilities especially the poor
  • 43% staff are persons with disabilities at all levels including our board members
  • External & Internal evaluations at regular intervals.
  • A clearly defined annual plan and long-term strategic plan for the organization
  • Enables and promotes other organisation to do similar work

Present needs of the institute:
Needs of Mobility India are as follows:-
  • Strengthen the organization and enhance the capacity of staff members.
  • Support in rising funds to carry out our activities.
  • Financing the objective of the organization.

Contact address:
Mobility India
1st &1st ‘A’ Cross,
2nd Phase, J.P. Nagar
Bangalore -5600078.
Phone: +91-80-26492222 / 26597337 / 26491386-Ext-9(Reception).
Fax: +91-26494444- Ext-110
E mail: e-mail@mobility-india.org

Mobility India Regional Resource Centre:-
P-91, Helen Keller Sarani
Majerhat,
Kolkata-700053
Phone: 033 – 24013914
Fax: 033 – 24012190
Email: mic3914@data.in
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HINDU MISSION HOSPITAL

History of the Institute
The Hindu Mission Hospital was started in 1982 with a motto to serve poor and needy patients. Rural medical camps to reach out to a larger radius, covering several nearby villages were also conducted daily. The Founder Secretary, Mr. D. K. Srinivasan, was a businessman who set aside his successful business career at the age of 50 to set up a self-sustaining model for providing quality but affordable medicare to the common and the rural masses.

Disability specialization
The Hospital started Weekly Free Artificial limb centre (Every Saturday) in the year 1997. This centre is supervised by two Orthopaedicians, assisted by a Prosthetist and supported by the physiotherapy department. As the demand has increased, the camp is conducted on two week day’s viz., Wednesday and Saturday.

Nature of service
The aim of this center is to serve the physically challenged person. A unique feature of this project is not merely supply of artificial limbs and other aids but also surgical correction where needed and active and sustained physiotherapy support to enable persons to carry out their work. This programme has been of immense gratification to the hospital, as even hard cases become success stories after appropriate procedure.

In what areas the Institute can offer technical support to others

  • To provide appropriate artificial limbs after corrective surgery, where ever necessary
  • To provide medicare for other ailments
  • To perform free IOL surgery for poor patients (without medicines)
  • Conduct of rural camps in neighbourhood subject to feasibility support by other NGOs

Number of beneficiaries
The beneficiaries come from various part of the State. Treatment inclusive of surgery are offered free of cost.

Since inception
  • 676 limbs are provided
  • 1390 crutches & calipers are provided
  • Rs. 43, 16,265/- is waived towards free treatment

Geographical coverage of the institute
110 villages of Thambaram and its surroundings. Situated on the National Highway easily accessible by both bus and train. We are happy that a great awareness has since been created and poor people are coming from various part of the city / state for free Artificial limbs and Calipers.

Achievements of the Institutes in the last two years
Description 2005 - 06 2006 – 07
No. of patient treated 206 208
No. of Aids
Limbs 106 117
Calipers 150 123
Crutches 36 38
Cost of the aid distributed 4, 01,325 4, 13,730
Total cost towards this free treatment 7, 32,653 10, 38,713


Innovative practices of the Institute
  • Daily rural camps on a sustained basis
  • Health surveillance of school students

Present needs of the Institute
  • Help in augmentation & up gradation of equipment in Eye & ENT
  • Sponsor for hearing aids and Artificial limbs
  • Monitory support for running daily & weekly rural camps
  • Dialyser and other consumables for Haemo-Dialysis

Contact address with telephone and email:
The Secretary
103, G S T Road
Thambaram West
Chennai – 45
Phone: 044 – 2226 22 44
Email: hmh@dataone.in; hmh@vsnl.com

Contact Person: Sri. D.K. Srinivasan, Honorary Secretary
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Satya Special School

History of the Institute:
The school was started in June 2003 with 45 special children with various mental disabilities - like Autism, Down's syndrome, Mental Retardation, Learning difficulties and multiple disabilities. The schoolis run by a group of Doctors who would like to contribute to the society they benefited from. >From a humble beginning of operating from the Conference Room of a Nurshing Home with 45 children, today we function in a spacious rented place with 63 deserving children.

Disability Specialization:
The school caters to children with

  • Mental retardation
  • Autism
  • Down's syndrome
  • Cerebarl Plasy
  • Multiple disablity
  • Slow learners

Nature of Service:
Satya is a day school with the following services :
  • Special education
  • Vocational training
  • Speech thearpy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Art based thearpy (Music,Dance, Painting)
  • Comupter aided education
  • Family counselling
  • Medical & surgical support

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
As we have a group of doctors and other professionsal we can assit in health issues, nurtitional programmes, screening camps and ngo networking.

Number of Beneficiaries:
Autism - 2
Down's Syndrome - 7
Cerebral Palsy - 9
Mental retardation - 39
Multiple disability - 5
Slow learner - 1

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school caters to the needs of intellectally disabled children in Pondicherry and its surrounding rural areas.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
1. We run a free thearpy center for all disabled children in Pondicherry. This center provides Physiotherapy & Speech therapy to children who cannot afford the threatments at private clincs or government hospitals.

2. Free Transport facilities for children to reach school as children cannot travel by crowded public transport 3. The school activities are planned according to the individual child - "TO EACH CHILD ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS & ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY".

Present Needs of the Institute:
As there are no propoer vocational training facilities in Pondicherry we are starting a training center to teach skills such as carpentry, coir mat making, weaving , gardening, bakery etc. We would like imputs from organistaions about these course in case they conduct. Also we need volunteers & funds.

Contact Address:
SATYA SPECIAL SCHOOL
No 66,
Muthiya Mudali st Muthialpet,
Pondicherry 605 003
Ph: 2263592
Email: chitraamit @sify.com
Website: www.satyaspecialschool.org
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Naaz Welfare Society for Urban & Rural Development

History of the Institute:
Naaz Welfare Society for Urban & Rural Development is a registered Charitable Trust founded in 1998 under The Society Registration Act, 1860 and Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 and Section 80(G) of Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. MISSION: Creation of a community conscientized, awared and educated enough to take care of its integrated development. The organization has been working in the field of community based rehabilitation services for person with disability, Computer Literacy program for Poor Girl Students, Women's basic Human Rights, Disaster Management & Rehabilitation, etc. APPEAL: Organizations and individuals having interest in the programmes of the organiz ation may contribute in any desired form to strengthen its capacity.

Disability Specialization:
Orthopaedic impairment Visual Impairment / Low vision Hearing impairment Speech impairment Mental retardation Multiple disabilities

Nature of Service:
Community Based Rehabilitation Services

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
CBR and Volunteers

Number of Beneficiaries:
25

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Latur District of Maharashtra State of India.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
successful work done for earth quack affected people specially people with disability in Latur district.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Naaz Welfare Society for Urban & Rural Development is a registered Charitable Trust founded in 1998. It is an inter-faith, non-political organization whose spiritual foundation guides members, volunteers of diverse faiths and occupations, most of them professionals with considerable experience, to translate eternal values into practical living through selfless service. This has resulted in wide-ranging health and development programs for the disadvantaged in Latur district of Maharashtra State of India.

Present Needs of the Institute:
The multifarious activities/ programmes that were undertaken during the year can be grouped under the following broad categories: - 1)Youth Educational Program 2)Environment Awareness Generation Camp 3)Women Empowerment program 4)HIV/AIDS prevention and care program 5)Reproductive and Sexual Health program 6)Cultural Programme 7)Women skill training Programme 8)Women Self Help Group Training Program 9)Tree Plantation Program 10)Computer Training Program We have undertaken various innovative projects in the post and propose to do so in the near future also viz. 1. Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy program 2. Disaster Management training program, 3. Child foster care program, 4. Educational material distribution program, 5. English language program, 6. Integrated child development program, etc.

Contact Address:
Naaz Cottage,
Ayesha colony,
Opp.S.P.Office,
Latur-413512,
Maharashtra,
India.

Phone: 9422657141 / 9890495435.
Email: nwsurd@rediffmail.com / masumrim@hotmail.com

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Sadhya Educational Trust

History of the Institute:
Sadhya Educational Trust was set up in the year 2003 to provide information to parents of hearing impaired children on medical, audiological and educational aspects. Developed material in Tamil for distance education of parents on how they can help their hearing impaired child to develop language.

Disability Specialization:
Managing Hearing Impairment from birth to primary school

Nature of Service:

  • Hearing Aid Fitting
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Counselling
  • Auditory Verbal Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
  • Training material for parents
  • Orientation to parents on important aspects of managing hearing loss
  • Train special educators on Auditory Verbal Therapy methods
  • Can contact for any doubts on cochlear implants, digital hearing aids

Number of Beneficiaries:
50 children are given one-on-one training only

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Chennai

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • Conducted many free camps for parents on identification of hearing loss and the first steps to be taken.
  • Working with children using cochlear implants.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Parent Centered Approach: Parents get to meet each other, share their experiences and be a resource to each other.

Contact Address:
Sadhya Educational Trust
Old 75/New 2, Second Street
Karpagam Avenue
R.A. Puram
Chennai – 600028
Email: sadhya@gmail.com
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Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe

History of the institute:
Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe (GASS) is a voluntary organization that was established in the year 1996 under the guidance of Rev. Father Cuttinha, S.J the former President of the Divine Trust for the Blind. GASS started CBR work with the support of CBM from 2007 in 50 villages in Doddaballapur taluk, Bangalore Rural District and extended its work to 200 villages including Gowribidanur taluk, Chikaballapur District focusing on the management of persons with mental and physical disabilities.

Disability specialisation:
Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe caters services for all types of disabilities.

Nature of service:

  • Health and Medical
  • Educational
  • Economical
  • Social integration
  • Right based activities through federation
  • Non-formal education
  • Community Based Rehabilitation

Programmes:
  • Home Based Programme: Systematic surveys are conducted to identify persons with disabilities. Various specialists carry out evolutions and a care programme has been developed for each disabled person.
  • Medical Assessment and Rehabilitation Device camp with a focus on follow-up programmes: With help and support from specialists in the field, a disability assessment camp for the orthopaedically handicapped is conducted every year. Appropriate intervention is provided to the needy in addition to the distribution of mobility aids for individuals.
  • Corrective Surgery: Persons with physical disabilities due to constructions and other deformities are provided the benefit of corrective surgery.
  • Integrated Education for children with disability: Integrated education for children with disability is an important priority where children with various disabilities are integrated in the normal school by making constant inputs through the trained IED resource persons from the organization. The categories of children in this programme include visually impaired, speech and hearing impaired and mentally challenged. The outcome will help in increase of self-esteem in the children, reduction of stigma and discrimination with a hope that the children will have a life beyond disability.
  • Capacity building: Trainings, workshops, awareness programmes (Govt. officials, college students, self help group women, parents), street plays, consultation workshops, are regularly conducted to PWDs and to the community.
  • PWDs self help group : 46 self help group of PWDs are formed and taluk level federation of PWDs are working on right based activities and brought the attention of state government in implementing PWD act at the gramapanchayat level.
  • Community Mental Health Programme & Development: This programme was initiated with the guidance of Dr. Srinivasa Murthy, Prof. & Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Dr. Kishore Kumar, Psychiatrist, NIMHANS, Bangalore. This programme was supported by Basic Needs India, Bangalore fro 2001 to March 2008.

In what areas the institute can offer technical support to others?
Community based rehabilitation, community mental health and development and prevention of amputation to diabetic patients.

Number of beneficiaries:
  • No. of beneficiaries in C.B.R. = 2,150 nos.
  • No. of beneficiaries in CMH & D = 2,600 nos.
  • Diabetic Foot Care = 1,833 nos.

Geographical coverage of the institute:
GASS provides its services in Bangalore Rural District, Tumkur District and Chickballapur District.

Innovative practices of the institute:
  • SSA Home based education: GASS is networking with Education department and providing technical support to implement Home Based Education programme. 84 severely disabled children are identified and getting services through volunteers. Volunteers are PWDs of SHG members and the career of the children.
  • Diabetic Foot Care: A pilot project was implemented through Bhagvan Mahaveer Jain Hospital Bangalore for foot care to diabetic person’s inorder to prevent disability. It is implemented through volunteers and they identify the Diabetic persons from their respective area, and, arranging for Diabetic camp.
  • Doctors from Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Bangalore attend Diabetic persons at Head Office. The following are the benefits availing by the Diabetic persons:
  • Free Blood Test
  • Free Foot Scanning
  • Diabetic food education
  • Diabetic chapels can be purchased
  • PWD – Federation: Federation is continuing the activities in Doddaballapur taluk and they address the issues of PWDs.

Present needs of the institute:
  • School for hearing impaired
  • Construction of hostel for severely disabled children
  • Integration of mentally ill in CBR or mental health project
  • Equipments like computer, LCD and others
  • Community awareness programme to HIV / AID persons
  • Present trade of skill training to PWDs and Job placement
  • Income generation activity to the organisation

Contact address:
Mrs. Amali
Secretary
Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe
IV Ward, Court Road
Doddaballapur – 561 203
Bangalore Rural District
Telephone No: 080-7624096
Mobile: 09342306009
Email: gass97@rediffmail.com

Branches:
Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe (GASS)
Holavanahalli
Korategere Taluk
Tumkur District

Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe (GASS)
Thondebhavi Railway Station
Gowribidanur Taluk
Chickballapur District
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Centre for Disability and Development - Gandhigram Rural University

History of the Centre:
Centre for Disability and Development (CDD) was established by the Gandhigram Rural University (GRU) under its Department of Extension Education in May 2008. However, disability related activities were commenced as early as October 2005 by the Department of Extension Education. Department of Extension Education was one of the first departments established by GRU, when it was born as Gandhigram Rural Institute in the year 1956.

Disability specialization:
The centre deals with all types of disabilities listed below:

  • Orthopaedic impairment
  • Visual Impairment / Low vision
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech impairment
  • Mental retardation
  • Cerebral Palsy / Autism
  • Leprosy cured
  • Multiple disabilities

In addition, persons affected by stunted growth, fire burn and other unique physical malformations are also cared for by the Centre.

Nature of Services:
CDD focuses upon Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) of the physically and mentally challenged persons. Self Help Groups have been formed exclusively for women and men, and a federation of women SHGs has been registered.

In what areas can you offer technical support to others?
CDD can offer its services in the following areas:
  • Community based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  • Group formation and community mobilization
  • Project planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Action Research, and Case study preparation
  • Documentation and Reporting
  • Institutional Networking / Policy Advocacy

Number of beneficiaries:
About 200 persons, with the following disabilities, comprise the beneficiaries:
  • Orthopaedic impairment
  • Visual Impairment / Low vision
  • Speech impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Mental retardation
  • Leprosy cured
  • Multiple disability

Geographic coverage of the Centre:
These 200 beneficiaries are living in 12 village panchayats under the jurisdiction of Athoor block in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu State, India. These panchayats form part of Gandhigram University’s Service villages.

Achievements of the Centre in the last two years
  • National Identity Cards for the disabled persons were obtained for 120 persons. They were provided with free transportation from their doorsteps to undergo medical check up at the district headquarters Government Hospital at Dindigul, 12 - 17kms away from these villages.
  • Fourteen SHGs – 10 for women and four for men have been formed exclusively for the disabled. A federation of women SHGs has also been registered.
  • Two Medical camps were organized for all the mentally challenged persons, with a lady Psychiatrist from District Government hospital.
  • Pension was obtained for all the mentally challenged persons from the Dept. of Rehabilitation, Dindigul district.
  • Welfare assistance was mobilized for the various categories of disabled persons which include:
    • Pension
    • Scholarship
    • Self employment loan Free bus pass
    • Train pass
    • Aids and Appliances
  • Referral services have been provided to visually impaired children, for free education with free boarding and lodging facilities at Madurai.
  • Light weight calipers have been designed for 31 polio affected persons. Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad (NIMS) and DRDO designed these nano technology based light weight calipers.
  • NGOs working among the physically and mentally challenged persons in four districts viz., Dindigul, Madurai, Theni and Karur have been networked for periodically sharing their best practices.
  • Policy advocacy is another area of concern. A national level workshop on ‘Policy issues in Disability intervention’ organized at Gandhigram, advocated a number of recommendations to the State and Central Governments for consideration.
  • Sponsorship is mobilized for school children with disabilities, to pursue their higher studies.

The Centre has also been undertaking a number of allied activities for the welfare of persons with disabilities.

Innovative practices of the Centre:
Nano-technology based light weight caliper is an innovative practice. Using polypropylene, and fibre glass materials used in the aeroplane, and with sponge and steel rod, light weight caliper is made in different sizes, according to the requirements of the polio affected persons. It weighs only about 1kg approximately half of its original weight, and costs one-fourth of the market price.

Present needs of the Centre:
  • A disabled friendly van for undertaking outreach programmes without much inconvenience for the people.
  • A helpline through a toll free telephone is needed to be installed at the University. Persons with disabilities, from various parts of Dindigul district can contact this number and get the information they need.
  • Some Corpus Fund may enable us to support the education of disabled children, and prevent the mercy killing of extremely disabled persons.
  • Motorised tri-cycles will help students who are hand pedalling (their traditional tricycles) from long distances to reach their schools and colleges.
  • Vocational Training centre may be useful to both university students and those from nearby villages in order to equip themselves with employable skills.

Contact address:
Dr. M.P. Boraian
Professor and Coordinator
Centre for Disability and Development
Gandhigram Rural University
Gandhigram – 624 302
Dindigul District
Tamilnadu, India
Phone (Office): 91-451-245 23 71 to ‘75
Mobile: 94 861- 455 95
Fax: 91-451-245 30 71
Email: enablement@gmail.com
Web: www.ruraluniv.ac.in
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Sri Nrusingha Dev Anchalika Yuba Parisada(SNDAYP)

History of the Institute:
Inception of SNDAYP has its link with the year 1993-94 as a casual experiment of sensitizing efforts to motivate few young people to clean own door fronts to see that the entire village pavement gets automatically cleaned. It resulted with a spectacular and much encouraging outcome to instill a mind set to spread the same motivational force to think about their own people, own issues and own people, own solution. A think seemingly when some village youths organized themselves into a group to spare their leisure time for undertaking some local developmental activities like cleaning village ponds helping people in distress in situations old age, disease out break, fire flood and cyclone etc. it resulted in a magic eff Functional Guiding Factors People are the problem and people are the solution. We need to work for and with the people in our catalytic capacity and hence the concept we put to practice id nothing other than development motivation, development communication, net working lobby and advocacy etc.

Disability Specialization:
cummunity based rehabilitation of person with disability and IED

Nature of Service:
It Is Non Governmental Social Development Organisation

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Institutional Integration On Development Support:-

  • OSA Chicago Chapter USA
  • Caritas India New Delhi /CBR FORUM Bangalore
  • VSO-India New Delhi
  • VANI
  • New Delhi
  • SANCHAR Kolkata
  • Sevac Kolkata
  • OCHA Baleswar
  • Tctd BBSR
  • SMRC BBSR
  • Vikas Deepti Baragarh
  • District Administration
  • NABARD-Puri/ BBSR
  • Capart- BBSR /New Delhi
  • Dept Of Cultural
  • BBSR
  • Nyk -Puri
  • OLS BBSR
  • UNICEF

Number of Beneficiaries:
434 person with disabiity and other community members of our project area

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Within the whole of the state of orissa, India

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
Consolidating people's involvement in development process in 10 villages out of our own experimentation. Construction of a multi propose disaster proof shelter building of 3200 sq ft floor space Sinking shallow tube wells to facilitate irrigation for total 80 acres. Out of which 4 are completed and rest under process. Launching CBR for pwds in 77 villages Promoting rural water sanitation improvement in 5 villages Organizing eastern regional meeting of the project partners of CARITAS INDIA/CBR FORUM

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
  • Setting The Objective
  • Baseline Appraisal On Need Assessment
  • Raising Critical Awareness Of The Problem Situation
  • Introducing Process Motivation For Development Participation
  • Designing Model Development Package
  • Micro Level Experment
  • Gain Assessment
  • Resource Mobilisation
  • Monitoring Evalution
  • Objectives Attainment


Present Needs of the Institute:
Intervention strategy Bringing awareness in people through the process of social education. This form a very simple sense of exploring their potential which they are not aware of we first strive to foster in them a sense of development discontent. Meaning that whatever development has been done is still insufficient. Then an awareness on what need to be done (development awareness) followed by development motivation and finally development participation. In addition to this process. We intervene with a structured set up as maintain else where. Setting The Objective, Baseline Appraisal On Need Assessment, Raising Critical Awareness Of The Problem Situation, Introducing Process Motivation For Development Participation, Designing Model Development Package, Micro Level Experment, Gain Assessment, Resource Mobilisation, Monitoring Evalution, Objectives Attainment.

Major constraints faced by the Organization
Magnitude of the problem:-identification of difficulties to address vast societal problem with limited resources.
Systemic rigidity: - Difficulties in mobilizing support from government department.
Absence of conceptual clarity regarding NGO:-Non availability of training facility by other agencies for the staff of the organization and look expensive for the agency, where available.
Problem relating to popular recognition:-people are not enlightened about the social relevance of NGOs due to absence of promotional input by government agencies, NGOs are rather viewed as a challenge to local political people.
Lack of availability of human resource:-maintaining professionally qualified staff is financially constraining.
Lack of institutional infrastructure:-it also requires financial stability to invest in inevitable institutional infrastructure.

The Lesson:
What we could be able to do is like putting a small step ahead and we will have to walk miles together.. Closing line Much water has gone in river mahandi, within the report period. The success or failure story as stored in this set of document are the lone witness of our enterprise that we have put to test while addressing to several social concerned and issues. Our success is the guideline for us for its wider replication and failure are like the major source of introspection to introduce further precision and exactitude in our future intervention.

Promotion of participatory community development, Child development, women empowerment, Disabled welfare synergy within the community Goal of the organisation To function as an enabling organisation for the development of the deprived and marginalized section of the society including person with disability (PWDs) through participatory research and action based intervention. While addressing to varied community issues and concerns including health .SNDAYP simply limits its intervention in its catalytic capacity only. We believe that the community with which we work must be responsible to the community with supplementary feed back extended by SNDAYP.

Contact Address:
Basanta Kumar Mishra,
Secretary,
Sri Nrusingha Dev Anchalika Yuba Parisada(SNDAYP) At-Golasahi,
Po-Khadipada,
Dist-Puri,
Pin-752002,
Orissa,India
Phone: 094371-01249(mobile)
Email: sndayp@yahoo.co.uk / mishra_basanta@rediffmail.com / sndayporissa@gmail.com

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Annai Theresa Social Work Association

History of the Institute
ATSWA is an organization of Dalit people who have joined hands to help their brothers and sisters who are living in difficulty, in poverty and in shame to rise up to walk into the marvelous light of God so that they will have fullness of life and lead others have the same. Struck by the continued difficulties, struggles in living, lack of civic amenities, in the living areas of Dalit and Tribal communities and the apathy of government officials in Sathyavedu constituency, Arputharaj and Chelladurai started ATSWA in 1989 to help the downtrodden Dalit, tribals and the disabled people who lived in abysmal conditions, through awareness, education and self-support to improve the living conditions and to progress in life.

Annai Theresa Social Work Association is a Non-Governmental Organization duly registered as a society under the Societies Act of 1860/XXI with a registration number of 298/1989 in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India. It also has the registration with the Government of India to receive funds from overseas for its projects.

It has received funds from the Government of India and from other foreign funding agencies over the years since its inception in 1989, and has earned a name for itself as a credible, transparent organization committed to carrying out the projects in letter and spirit for the benefit of the downtrodden within the stipulated time to the satisfaction of the donors, i.e., the Government, organizations, Individuals and the Church -Catholic, Protestant & Evangelical.

It has been in service to the poor and downtrodden for the past 18 years serving to uplift Dalits, Tribal people, downtrodden poor, Disabled, Poor Children & youth, Commercial sex workers, and those affected with HIV / AIDS through a variety of services. It runs a full- fledged residential home for 120 boys and girls for children of Commercial sex workers and for children who are very poor and orphaned. It primarily works in the South Eastern part of Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh and in North Tamil Nadu that borders Andhra Pradesh and reaches out to any area where need arises at any time.

Vision of ATSWA:
To alleviate poverty and bring about social justice to live with human dignity, self- reliance and self governance through sustainable, indigenous livelihood resources.

Mission:
To help the downtrodden, deprived and the marginalized people with activities to empower them to overcome their limitations.

a. Present programs:

  • Education and Rehabilitation for the Disabled -CBR Services for Disabled.
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness and Advocacy Program.
  • Rural Dalit Women Empowerment Project.
  • Cooperative Project for Development of Dalit and Tribal Fisher Folk.
  • Happy Children's Home -Residential Child Care.
b. The key thrust areas of ATSWA:
  • Education and Rehabilitation of the Disabled covering al types of Disability.
  • Integrated Child Care.
  • Health Care and Awareness about Health with specific reference to HIV / AIDS Awareness, Advocacy, and Treatment and follow up.
  • Women's Welfare and Development.
  • Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation (with specific reference to integrated development of Tsunami affected areas).

Disability Specialisation
Rehabilitation and essential education under CBR services were provided to the following categories. Since 2006, care for the leprosy affected persons has also been included in extending the health care to the affected community.
  • Visually Impaired (Blind / Low Vision).
  • Speech and Hearing Impaired.
  • Mentally Challenged.
  • Locomotive Impaired.
  • Multiple Disabilities.
  • Leprosy Affected People.

Nature of Service
  • Awareness
  • Assessment
  • Relief and Rehabilitation
  • Education to the General public on Disability
  • Preventive Measures for Prevention

In what areas the institute can offer technical support to others:
  • Visually Impaired (Blind/Low vision).
  • Speech and Hearing Impaired.
  • Mentally Challenged.
  • Locomotive Impaired.
  • Multiple Disabilities.

Number of Beneficiaries
In 2007 ATSWA delivered CBR services to 483 Variable disabled clients. The general publics covered under awareness programs are much large in number.

Geographical coverage of the institute:
South Eastern Parts of Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh

S.No.

Name of the Mandai ( Blocks)

Number of Villages

1

Nagalapurum

28

2

Sathvavedu

35

3

Pichatur

39

4

Vardhapalavam

32

5

B.N.Kandiga

32

6

Nindra

31

7

K.V.Puram

32

8

Naqeri

31

9

Putter

36

10

Naravanavanam

35

 

Total

331



Achievements of the institute in the last two years:
  • Free eye camps are conducted every month and 12 such camps were held in 2007 benefiting 483 people.
  • Since 1999 it has provided care for over 3,770 people covering four mandals (blocks).
  • Established District level federation of Disabled people to care for the needs of the disabled people.

Innovative practices of the institute:
Regular eye care program is being conducted every month for the past 9 years and has resulted in eradication of Cataract in four Mandals.

Present needs of the institute:
Financial support to care for disabled people in nearby Mandals

Contact Address
Annai Theresa Social Work Association
Madanambedu Village & Post,
Sathiyavedu Mandal
Chittoor District,
Andhra Pradesh - 517 588
India.
Phone: 91-08576-227048 - Head Office.

Communications Address (Office)
Annai Theresa Social Work Association
No.8, M. P. A. Church Road,
M. G. R. Nagar,
Thirumullaivoyal
Chennai - 600 062
Phone: 91 - 044 0 - 26384366
Mobile: 9841660090.
E-Mail: atswa2001@yahoo.com, atswa@atswa.org
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Rehabilitation Centre For Blind Women

History of the Institute:
Rehabilitation Centre for Blind Women is the first of its kind in south India, which aims at providing rehabilitation, vocational training and placement services to adult blind women who are completely blind and are below the poverty line and from the remote villages. This is a charitable society organization rendering help to poor blind women. This was founded in the year 1975 by late. Dr. Joseph Gnanadickam a renowned eye surgeon, commemorating his 75th birth anniversary. His foresight, mission and vision in helping the blind have reached great heights. The society is managed by a team of dedicated women under the leadership of Mrs. Priya Theodore. There are eleven members providing excellent support to the management of the centre. The centre is being run with the help of donations from philanthropists.

Objectives

  • To empower adult blind women in vocational and technical training on a charitable basis and help them to resettle in life.
  • To induce non formal educational opportunities.
  • To promote employment and placement assistance to blind women.
  • To enhance the scope of self reliance and income generation.
  • To provide moral support through counseling, integrate them with family and in the society.

Disability Specialization:
Visual Impairment

Nature of Service:
  • Providing special training in orientation and mobility.
  • Providing free residential vocational and career training and ensure self employment.
  • Providing educational opportunities to continue the studies
  • Rendering counseling to parents of disabled.
  • Conducting follow-up services including continuous and periodical counseling by specialists.
  • Providing aids and appliances.
  • Organizing eye camps, conducting surgeries and collecting of donated eyes.
  • Creating social awareness through information, education and communication to prevent blindness.

Areas in which the institute can offer technical support to others?
The records shows how much the institution have done for the upliftment of visually handicapped women and make them self supporting in all fields of life making them on par with others in all fields of life in the society. Several blind women have found a new meaning, new life and a new purpose in their living because of this centre. We are accommodating 87 blind girls in our institution and teach them various handicrafts like tailoring, chair recanning, wire bag making, chalk piece making, and agarbathi preparation and weaving of towels and mats etc., Besides the above handicrafts we train them in printing press unit. Also they are taught in vocal music, playing musical instruments and dancing. For the past 32 years, all sectors of employment have been tapped to make them useful members of family, community and society. Our rich experience in all the above field of activities can be best made use of by other such institutions which are serving for the upliftment of blind women in our society.

No. of Beneficiaries:
85 adult blind women in the age between 18 -35 yrs

Geographical coverage of the institute:
Rural areas in and around Tiruchirappalli composite district

Achievements of the institute in the last two years:
  • Participation of our inmates at the National level dance competition organized by All India Confederation of the Blind, New Delhi.
  • Sales exhibition organized by the NSS unit of Saranathan Engineering College, Trichy. The exhibition provided a great opportunity not only to sell our products but also exhibit the potentialities of visually challenged women. We also presented a variety entertainment programme, which created an awareness regarding our special talents.
  • An eye camp was conducted by our centre in connection with world sight day. The programme was organized jointly by the lions club of Srirangam and Railway women’s welfare school. About 200 people were given eye check up and out of which 20 were referred to eye hospital for treatment.
  • Three days seminar on personality development conducted by CBM in March 2007 at Hotel Breeze Residency, which gave, and exciting experience to our inmates. They actively participated in group discussions and shared their views on many topics including, Development of leadership qualities, Communication skills, Facing interviews.
  • Our students took part in the International conference on rehabilitation conducted at Holy cross college Trichy and gave a variety entertainment programme. This gave an opportunity for our inmates to exhibit their talents.
  • Out inmates were the chief participants of international women’s day organized by all the service clubs, Trichy. They came out with flying colours by winning attractive prizes in various competitions. The prize distribution function was held at Hotel Sangam, Trichy and the famous film star Mrs. Lakshmi was the chief guest. Our inmates were doubly happy to receive prizes from this notable personality.
  • Another highlight incident of the year was the telecast about our centre in Vijay TV in connection with the birthday celebration of the renowned film star VIJAY. The programme gave wide publicity for our centre.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
The vocational training programme aims at making the visually handicapped women on par with their sighted counterparts. Both traditional crafts and modern trades are available at our centre. The traditional crafts are useful especially for rural women who did not have the opportunity of having good education. These traditional crafts include weaving, bag making, tailoring, recanning, chalk making, making of phenyl, making of cleaning and washing powder, cover making and so on. This institution provides training in some modern trades in order to help those who have some basic education and residual vision. These trades include screen-printing, making of bakery items, telephone booth managing, stenography and computer operation.

Our Placement Services
Placement in some useful occupation, which will provide some average earning, will definitely give a sense of economic independence. The major objective is to encourage them to find placement in self-employment. Our inmates are successful as petty shopkeepers, tailors, weavers, and telephone booth operators. However, some of our inmates have been placed as professional, like teachers, lecturers, typists and stenographers.

Marriage is also one of the areas of placement of our centre. A mass marriage was organized by inner wheel club of Trichy in which two couples belonged to our centre. We thank the Inner Wheel club for conducting this marriage, which is indeed a great service.

Educational Services
Education is considered to be an instrument of silent social revolution. Education in its true sense gives the power and strength to face the challenges of life with courage and confidence. It has been proved by experience that given the opportunity a person with visual disability would be able to prove equally with his/her peers in academic achievement. Keeping this in view, our centre is making arrangement for those who have discontinued their studies, and those who have not gone to school to appear for 8th, 10th and higher secondary examination as private candidates.

Many opportunities are created to develop our social skills, which will lead to social integration. Our inmates participated in the competitions commemorating international women’s day organized jointly by 38 service clubs in and around Tiruchirappalli. In these competitions our girls exhibited their talents equally to their sighted counterparts and proved themselves “They are second to None”.

Contact Address:
Rehabilitation Centre for Blind Women
8/11, Mannarpuram
Tiruchirappalli – 620 020
Phone: 0431 – 2422121, 2422141
E-mail: rc_bw@hotmail.com
Contact Person: Mrs. Priya Theodore (Honorary Director)
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Sankurathri Foundation

History of the institute:
Sankurathri Foundation was established in 1989 as a registered trust to improve the quality of life of poor and downtrodden through developmental activities. In order to realize the goals of the Foundation three programs were introduced. They are

  • Sarada Vidyalayam, a High school for poor rural children where free education, books, uniforms, transportation, milk, medical checkups and medicines are provided to all the children.
  • Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology, a tertiary eye care hospital providing outpatient services to about 300 patients per day and performing 80 surgeries per day.
  • Spandana, a disaster relief program at the time of cyclones and floods to provide the immediate relief like, food, clothing, medicines, etc.

Disability specialization:
Eye care

Nature of service:
  • Eye care services to the needy and poor
  • School education
  • Vocational education
  • Teacher preparation

In what areas the institute can offer technical support to others?
Can provide training to Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Assistants and also management of school and eye hospital.

Number of beneficiaries:
  • More than 1,200 children were educated
  • About 1,250,000 outpatients were treated
  • More than 135,000 surgeries were performed
  • More than 1,245 outreach eye screening camps were conducted
  • More than 750 children screening camps were conducted
  • Conducted 36 workshops for Ophthalmologists and about 950 doctors attended them
  • Provided training to 235 paramedical personnel
  • Provided training to 90 support personnel

Geographical coverage of the institute:
The school covers the nearby four villages with a population of 25,000. The eye care is provided to about 5 million populations in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. But the outreach camps cover a population of 10 million from four districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Achievements of the institutes in the last two years:
Provided eye care to about 250,000 patients from four districts of Andhra Pradesh and performed about 27,000 surgeries.

Innovative practices of the institute:
  • Value added quality education to the rural children for their overall development.
  • Quality eye care with compassion which is equitable, accessible and affordable to all.
  • Spontaneous response to any natural disaster.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Present needs of the institute:
Ideas about financial sustainability, good ophthalmologists and administrators and some corporate donors to support the activities.

Contact address:
Dr. S. Chandrasekhar
Executive Trustee
Sankurathri Foundation
Penumarthy Road
Kakinada – 533 005
Andhra Pradesh
Tel: 0884 – 2306301
Fax: 0884 – 2306345
E-mail: chandra@srikiran.org / info@srikiran.org
Website : www.sankurathri.org
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Society for the Welfare of the Disabled (WELDs)

History of the Institute:
Society for the Welfare of the Disabled (WELDs) registered in the year 1981and started a school for 5 catagories of disabled children with the approach of Integrated education for disable children along with normal children. The school is named as Mangala Jyothi Integrated School. In the initial two years school was conducted at the campus of School of Social Wqork, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore. Later shifted to present place, vamanjore, Mangalore. this organisation was found by Late mrs Mohini Appaji Naik and later in the year 2000 the institution was handed over to Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Education Society, Ujire and presently working under the guidence and monitary support of Dr. D. veerendra Heggade, Dha SDM Mangala Jyothi Integrated School is considered as first and model integrated school in Karnataka state.

Disability Specialization:
hearing impaired, Visually impaired, Mentally retarded, Orthopedic challenge and learning disable are major 5 catogories of disabled children served in the school.

Nature of Service:
Providing integrated educatrion to disabled children. ASdmission is made in the ratio of 1:2 i.e. one disable child is admitted along with two normal children. Special trainings are given before in tegrating disable children. 3 years of Speech therapy is given to hearing impaired children before integration. For orthopedic challenged physio therapy and hydro therapy is given. School also provide vocational trainings to disable children in the area of Book binding, electronics, rexine bag making, tailoring, computers art and crafts for economic sustainabilty of disabled.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Can Provide integrated education to children, training teachers on inclusive education. We can train volunteers and voluntary organizations on inclusive education.

Number of Beneficiaries:
More than 250 disabled children benefited from the institution since 27 years. presently 585 children are studying and undergoing vocational training amng them 240 children are with various disabilities.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Mangalore town and pheripharals of town.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
though various types of disable children study in the institute children avarage of 85 percentage of result is maintained in SSLC. 60 disabled children are trained for self sufficiency in last two years. Founder of the organization received karnataka State Award for Initiating Integrated school.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Incorporation of integrated approach in education.

Present Needs of the Institute:
All above facilities are provided to children free of cost. We provide free transportation to children with two school bus. Free noon meal is supplied to cheldren every day. Book, uniform etc are provided to children free of cost.

Contact Address:
Administrative Officer The Society for the Welfare of the Disabled(R)
SDM Mangala Jyothi Integrated School,
P/O Vamanjore Mangalore,
Karnataka -575028
Phone: 0824-2262030
Email Address: sdmmjis@gmail.com

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SAMUHA - SAMARTHYA

History of the Institute:
"SAMUHA" is a non-governmental development agency working in the state of Karnataka in South India. Formed in 1986, its operational areas cover Raichur, Koppal, Bangalore city, Gadag, Haveeri and Uttar Kannada district, where it works with people who are vulnerable - regardless of distinctions of caste, religion, gender, ability. "SAMARTHYA" a project of "SAMUHA" works in Raichur, Koppal, and Uttar Kannada Districts across six Taluka. SAMARTHYA’s aim is to reduce the incidence of disability and ensure those disabled members of the community achieve their maximum potential and therefore lead an independent and meaningful life. In order to meet this aim SAMARTHYA has the following objectives:

  • To facilitate and support to SHGs and registered Organization of People with Disability to allow disabled persons and their families/ careers to work together to achieve their needs.
  • To create awareness in the community on prevention of disabilities and other relevant disability issues
  • To provide therapeutic services and ensure transfer of therapeutic skills to disabled persons, families, and communities, to enable them to lead independent lives
  • To provide aids, appliances and adapted equipment to help increase the functional ability and confidence of disabled persons
  • To provide appropriate vocational skills training or higher education opportunities, enabling disabled persons to become contributing members of the community
  • To ensure that disabled persons and their communities are aware of and can access services provided by the Disability Act of 1995
  • To develop and maintain disabilities training programmes to support CBR in the project areas and to provide training and support inputs to other CBR programmes or organizations.

SAMARTHYA pursues its objectives through the following activities:
  • Weekly clinics
  • Home-based services
  • Self help groups & Organizations of people with disabilities
  • Facilitating Parent groups
  • Workshops for manufacture and repair of aids and appliances
  • Community based rehabilitation Training Programmes
  • Supports for medical and surgical interventions
  • Community education and awareness programmes
  • School integration support
  • Vocational training and Income generation programmes

Disability Specialisation:
Services available to people with disabilities include:
  • Locomotor disability
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Mental retardation
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Mental illness
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple disabilities

Nature of Service:
Rehabilitation services to people with disabilities through community based rehabilitation approach.

In what areas the institute can offer technical support to others
Resource materials available with us if you need any of these please write to us.
  • Adapting to the future – a Kannada, English & Telugu video cassette on prevention and rehabilitation of polio.
  • Training manuals - CDs on Locomotor disability, Communication and Cerebral palsy in Kannada and English languages
  • “Avalambaneyinda Swvalambanege” Video documentary on Depression.
  • Video documentary on Epilepsy.
  • “Mugdha Naguvin Hinde” Video documentary on Mental Retardation.
  • “Angavikalara Ashageethegalu” Songs in audio cassette

CBR training programmes:
  • P.G. Diploma in CBR
  • Diploma in CBR
  • Indian portage on early childhood development
  • Inclusive education
  • Planning and management of self help groups and Non government organization.

  • (Bangalore University is running these courses through distance mode, Samuha Samarthya working as a study centres to providing training and field practical’s for these courses).
  • Special B.Ed course (Karnataka State Open University Mysore is running the Special B.Ed course through distance mode. Samuha Samarthya working as a study centre to providing training and field practicals)
  • Horticulture Training Program: Horticulture Training to PWDs (For Male)
  • Aids & appliances: Manufacture and supply of aids and appliances such as Orthotic, Prosthetic and Ear moulds.
Number of Beneficiaries:
2770

Geographical area
Koppal and Gangavathi Taluka of Koppal district, Raichur, Manvi and Deodurga Taluka of Raichur district and Haliyal Taluka of Karwar district. (269 villages)

Innovative practices of the institute:
Empower people with disabilities, families and communities to work under self help concept for their needs and issues.

Present needs of the institute:
Samuha started process to setting up the horticulture training to people with disabilities and looking technical and financial resource for developing this unit.

Contact address:
SAMUHA head office address:
No12/3 Ragava Krupa,
6th main road, bull temple `A’ cross road
(Behind Uma theatre) Chamarajpet
Bangalore 560 018
Tel: 00 91 80 26606528, 32, 33
Email: samuha@samuha.org
Web: www.samuha.org

Samuha Samarthya field office address:
SAMUHA SAMARTHYA KOPPAL
Sadashiva Nagar,
Near Govt. Seed Processing Center,
Gadag Road
Koppal – 583 231
Tel: 08539-230004,
E-mail: samarthyajal@yahoo.co.in

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Atma Nirbhar – Ek Challenge

History of the organization:
‘Atma Nirbhar - Ek Challenge’, means ‘Self Reliance - a Challenge’. It is working since the 1st of May, 1996, for the welfare of the weakest sections of our society in Guwahati, Assam. The Organisation is working primarily for the economic rehabilitation of the disabled, the welfare of people living in residential social welfare institutions, and, an educational support project. It also tries to support other like-minded organisations and any other good cause to which it can contribute something positive. ‘Atma Nirbhar - Ek Challenge’ is a Registered Society, registered under 80 G and FCRA. The organisation is a judicious blend of Gandhian simplicity, frugal operating systems and a professional attitude.

Disability Specialisation:
‘Atma Nirbhar – Ek Challenge’ (1996) is an economic rehabilitation and empowerment project for the disabled. It engages the services of only the disabled persons in a small tea and spices packaging and marketing unit, in Guwahati, Assam. The primary aim of the program is to give such persons an opportunity to work with dignity and earn a living. Other things being equal, preference is given to women in all fields of activity. It is not simple charity, but a program to give equal opportunity and support to only those disabled persons, who have a burning desire to improve their lot.

Number of beneficiaries:
At present, it has 17 workers in the production unit (and, the Office Manager, Production Supervisor and the Project Co-ordinator). Of these workers, 6 have speech and hearing impairment, 11 are mentally/physically challenged. They are happy working here as they are working in a stress-free environment and are making a useful and productive contribution to the society.

Geographical coverage of the institute:
The project is located in Guwahati, Assam. However, disabled persons in Mumbai and Pune also sold our tea packets in the past to earn a living.

Innovative practices of the institute:
The organisation is a blend of Gandhian simplicity, frugal operating systems and a professional attitude. A lot of emphasis is placed on the self-sustainability of the project. One of our major strengths is that we generate a part of our working resources internally. On the flip side, this has also proved to be our weakness as we are not able to generate sufficient surplus to develop the project and make an impact. By impact, we mean, being able to help a large number of people in need.

Present needs of the institute:
Like most NGOs having an income-generating project, our weak points are poor marketing strength, lack of adequate trained staff, and, weak resource (fund) mobilisation.

Contact address:
Atma Nirbhar – Ek Challenge
‘MAMATA’
120, Gopinath Nagar
Guwahati – 781 016
Assam, India
Phone: 91 0361 2471 668.
E-Mail: atmanirbhar@satyam.net.in

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AKSHAYA

History of the Institute:
AKSHAYA is dedicated to the promotion of holistic development of physically challenged persons through its analysis, advocacy, and action. In 1998, the group of disabled felt that disabled rights based issue and disability development programs could be addressed more effectively only through an institutional mechanism, which paved way for the formation of AKSHAYA. "AKSHAYA Rehabilitation Trust" is a registered voluntary and non-profitable organisation under Indian trust act working for the disabled empowerment. The long forgotten sections of the society rise to claim their equal and basic rights due to human dignity under as one AKSHAYA Rehabilitation Trust especially in Tamil Nadu state. AKSHAYA Rehabilitation Trust is implementing the disability development projects in the Tamil Nadu state of India. Since then "AKSHAYA" has been undertaking some initiatives fulfilling the demands of its constituency.

Motto: "BY" the Disabled, "OF" the Disabled, "FOR" the Disabled.

Vision: AKSHAYA envisions “A Society where Persons with Disability attain Holistic Development through Social Inclusion and Ensuring of Rights".

Mission: To work among and through the Persons with Disability at large, particularly with the Persons with Disability in the most Socio-Economically Disadvantage through a process of Organisation, Training, Networking, Education and Facilitating for Collective action through realizing their Holistic Development.

Disability Specialization:

  • Orthopaedic Handicapped
  • Visually impaired
  • Speech and Hearing impaired
  • Muscular Dystrophy


Nature of Service:
  • Free Legal Aid
  • Paralympic Sports
  • Disability Human Rights
  • Formation of Disability Youth Forum
  • Psycho - Social Care
  • Medical Camp
  • Physiotherapy
  • Vocational Training
  • Disability Marriage Counseling
  • Educational Counseling
  • Speech Therapy

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
  • Capacity Building training
  • Legal Aid Programs Seminar

Number of Beneficiaries:
1350 Person with Disabilities

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
South India

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • Best Award issued by DYFI - INDIA
  • 14 International wheelchair players developed
  • 46 National level wheelchair players developed

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Innovative Educating Training and Capacity Building Program

Contact Address:
AKSHAYA Rehabilitation Trust
No: 1, Ahimsapuram Main Road
Near 3rd Street, Sellur
Madurai - 625 002
Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Tel : + 91 98430 70091 / 92
E-Mail : akshaya_trust@india.com,   disable_rights@rediffmail.com
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Aditya Industrial Educational Society

History of the Institute:
The "Aditya Industrial Educational Society" was registered under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana area) Public Societies Registration Act, 1350 Fasli (Act I of 1350F) on 25 - 01 -1996 with the registration No. 306/1996 with service motive to young, energetic youth to serve the disabled persons in all kinds like providing financial, moral, educative and vocational trainings.

Disability Specialization:

  • Locomotor Disability
  • Hearing Imperiment
  • Mental Retarded

Nature of Service:
  • Vocational Training
  • CBR Services
  • Special School
  • Aids & Appliances

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
  • Vocational Training
  • CBR Services

Number of Beneficiaries:
Around 62000

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The institute caters services in the rural areas of Warangal District in Andhra Pradesh.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • Formation Mandal Vikalangula Samakya in Ghanpur Mandal.
  • Formation of 50 SHGs for PWDs
  • Distribution of Aids & Appliances for Needy PWDs in Rural areas.
  • Vocational Training for PWDs to get Govt. & Private jobs

Contact Address:
Aditya Industrial Educational Society,
H. No. 2-60, Shivunipally,
Mandal: Ghanpur Station,
District: Warangal,
Andhra Pradesh - 506143

Email Address: aditya_ies@yahoo.co.in
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NR Public Charitable Trust

History of the Institute:
NR Public Charitable Trust was established as a registered Public Charitable Trust in the year 2005 by a group of professionals with a mission to contribute towards mainstreaming the mentally challenged and dyslexics thereby ensuring equal opportunities for self sustenance and development. To begin with the trust will start a special school very soon.we are concentrating much in the remedial education for learning disabled children. The trust started implementing Inclusive Education for the disabled under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from the year 2006. Early Identification and Prevention programme was started from the year 2007

Disability Specialization:
1.Mentally Retardation
2. Learning Disability

Nature of Service:
The various programmes of NR Trust are: Department of Physiotherapy Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology Department of Special Education Inclusive Education Programme Early Intervention Programme NR Rehabilitation Centre, Coimbatore.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Training of staff Admission of special children Coordination in conducting network programs like awareness fund raising, proposal writing

Number of Beneficiaries:
Mentally Retarded - 17
Cerebral Palsy - 29
Speech and Hearing Impaired - 5
Autism - 17
Multiple Disabilities - 6

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The trust is located on the 153 Rama chandra Thadaga street and caters the needs of Madurai city.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
7 children integrated into regular schools after adequate rehabilitation intervention. 10 care givers trained and they are successfully employed. Over two lakh population covered and sensitized on the nature, need and prevention of disability. 7 youngsters with disability are guided for productive employment.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:

Present Needs of the Institute:

Contact Address:
NR PUBLIC CHARITABLE TRUST,
153 RAMA CHANDRA THADAGA STREET,
TIRMANGALAM,
MADURAI DISTRICT,
TAMIL NADU.

Email Address: naga_balan2005@yahoo.com

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Public Welfare & Development Society (PWDS)

History of the Institute:
Public Welfare & Development Society (PWDS) has legal status and registered under Tamilnadu State Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, No 95 dated 10-11-1986 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. It has own building at the below mentioned address and liaison office at Gobichettipalayam town to facilitate easy access for visitors and target people. Right from the inception PWDS has totally dedicated to uplift rural, tribal, and youth. Presently it is concentrating in the troubled area of HIV/AIDS. We sincerely work on not only in care and support but also seriously serving towards the real day to day basic requirements of these target people.

Under this situation we have been entrusted and funded by State and Central Government, Foreign Funding agencies and at present APAC (AIDS Prevention and Control Project) in     Phase -I & Phase - II and we have successfully carried out the mission to the PLHAs (People Living with HIV/AIDS) and try to fulfill the dreams of comfortable normal life with children and widows due to HIV/AIDS. We have reduced the stigma and discrimination which pose threat to PLHA than the infection. Apart from entrusted task by APAC our interest went towards uplifting children in the families of PLHAs. We have recorded round about 500 families with 700 PLHAs with 7 CIA (Children infected by AIDS) and 500 CAA (Children Affected AIDS whose Parents with PLHAs either mother or father or both).

At present activities done are in the area of HIV/AIDS and rural development. Preparations are on the way to start activities for the welfare of person with disabilities.

Nature of Service:
Not applicable at present.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Mapping awareness on disability before birth, during birth and after birth, community care and institutional care.

Number of Beneficiaries:
Since 1986 above 10000 persons including male, female, children and few physically disabled persons are benefited.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Presently PWDS caters services in Gobichettipalayam, Bhavani and Sathyamangalam taluks besides Western Ghat Mountains at northern part of Erode district

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Our format types of reports were appreciated by TNVHA, TANSACS, and APAC. Field approaches with family environment were also success of our several projects.

Contact Address:
PUBLIC WELFARE & DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (PWDS)
Kanakkamapalayam,
Gobichettipalayam Taluk,
Erode District,
Tamilnadu, India
Email: pwds_erode@yahoo.co.uk,
Mobile: 9443280437
Phone: 0091-4285-263431
Web: www.publicwelfarengo.org

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AIKYA - Centre To Integrate the Different

History of the Institute:
September 1989 saw the birth of AIKYA Recreation Centre, setup to integrate special children with the non disabled children. The centre first functioned once a week. With in four months, in January 1990, a regular Day Care Centre (Special School) was established. Parents of babies from 3 months age are trained at AIKYA and programmes are charted out for them to carry out on their own at home. Progress of these babies is evaluated and further programming is given subsequently every two months. AIKYA is also involved very actively is conducting seminars/workshops for dedicated workers/parents to equip the trainee in effectively handling special children.

Field placement of postgraduate students of psychology of reputed colleges in Chennai is also a regular feature at AIKYA. To create awareness among the public, AIKYA has produced a number of video films on mental disabilities. They have been well received at the state as well as national levels. AIKYA has also produced and marketed 'AIKYA Greeting Cards'. AIKYAs Vision is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with special needs through education and training to enable them to achieve their fullest potential and integrate them into the mainstream society.

Disability Specialization:

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyper Active Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • High risk babies and children with delayed developemnt.

Nature of Service:
  • Early Intervention
  • Special Education
  • Individualised Educational Program
  • Behavoiur Management Program
  • Remedial Education Classes
  • Home-based Programs
  • Computer Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Yoga Sports,music,dance Movement Therapy
  • Vocational Training
  • Short term courses for parents,teachers and volunteers
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Publication of books related to special education
  • Production of films related to special education.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Conducting training programmes conducting awareness programmes organising mega events - sports, culturals etc. for people with special needs.

Number of Beneficiaries:
Two thousand per year

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
AIKYA caters its services in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Cuddalore districts and in some Middle East countries

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
Many children from the Early Intervention centre have been placed in mainstream schools. Many have passed through NOS (National Open School). Organised many successful events, well recognised in the community (by parents, doctors and professionals) Establishment of special school in Qatar.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
All the programmes of AIKYA are unique and innovative.

Contact Address:
AIKYA – Centre to Integrate the Different
New 7, Bhagirathi Street,
Raja Annamalipuram,
Chennai 600028.
Ph : 2461 2668 / 2493 8443 / 9444 960 643
Website : www.aikya.org
Email: info@aikya.org
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Deaf Leaders

History of the Institute:
DEAF LEADERS stands for Deaf Empowerment Activities For Literacy Education Accessible Development Empowerment Rehabilitation & Sports. Deaf Leaders is a registered non governmental organisation started in March 2003 for the empowerment of persons with hearing impairment. The objectives of Deaf Leaders are:

  • To promote deaf empowerment activities such as literacy education, accessible development, employment, rehabilitation and sports
  • To provide training in computer technology and other forms of vocational training for the hearing impaired.
  • To work for improvement of the quality of life for the deaf through non formal and adult education.
  • To identify and cater to the needs of the educationally, economically and socially disadvantaged deaf persons.
  • To provide social amenities for the deaf, such as sports and games, excursions, library and reading rooms, training in handicrafts, entertainment and marriage and welfare aids.
  • To contact industries and social organisations and arrange for employment of deaf persons.
  • To provide services to destitute deaf old age, women and orphans.

Disability Specialization:
Deaf Leaders is a non governmental organisation working for the empowerment of persons with hearing impairment.

Nature of Service: The various services provided by the Deaf Leaders are:
  • Deaf Literacy
  • Deaf Higher Education
  • Deaf Vocational
  • Deaf Computer Technology
  • Deaf News Website
  • Deaf Job Placement
  • Deaf Workshop
  • Deaf Welfare Scheme
  • Deaf Career
  • Deaf Soft Micro Loans for Self Employment
Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The Deaf Leaders is located on the Raja Annamalai Road near Saibaba Colony and covers the needs of Coimbatore district.

Contact Address:
DEAF LEADERS
59, VOC Nagar
Arun Nagar Extension
TVS Nagar
Thadagam Road
Coimbatore – 641 025
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 0422 – 2403907
Email: deafleaders@airtelbroadband.in
Website: www.deafleadersindia.org

Project Office:
110 – A, Nesavallar Colony
Raja Annamalai Road
Saibaba Colony
Coimbatore – 641 011
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 0422 – 4202280
Fax: 0422 – 4202280
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Family Care

History of the Institute:
Family Care is a voluntary organisation consisting of individuals and families from different walks of life who have dedicated their lives in full-time service to helping others. Goal is to “make a difference” in the world. Each member of Family Care is committed to making this world a better place by improving the quality of life in general. Affiliate of “The Family International”, a worldwide Body of volunteers, Family Care is an autonomous unit in Coimbatore under the umbrella if the Family India, and has projects in TamilNadu and Kerala. All the members live together and wok together as a family to care for others.
Our Cooperative lifestyle provides a supportive environment for our members and our children. Our home-school procedures allow our children to receive a well-rounded education in an exclusive set up and they are encouraged to relate to and interact with people of all ages and backgrounds and social standings and therefore grow up to become responsible and caring citizens with an outgoing love and concern for people.

Disability Specialization:
Family Care is a voluntary organisation providing services for the hearing impaired.

Nature of Service: The various services provided by the Family Care:

  • Programmes for Hearing Impaired
    • Leadership Training Seminars for Deaf Youth
    • Marriage Counseling / Youth Counseling
    • Personality Enhancement Programs for Deaf Women
    • Self Employment Programs
    • Training in Computer Technology/ Education
    • International Week for the Deaf – Programs in Deaf Schools
    • Regional Conference for Deaf Leaders in South India
    • Seminars for Teachers of Deaf
    • Pantomime Shows
    • AIDS Awareness Workshop for the Deaf
  • Counseling Programs for Parents and Executives
  • Distribution of Educational and Motivational Materials
  • Relief Work in areas affected by Natural Disaster
  • Personality Enrichment Program for Youth

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Family Care is located on the Dr. Nanjappa Road and covers the needs of the Coimbatore district.

Contact Address:
Family Care
Chenny’s Chamber
9/36-A, Dr. Nanjappa Road
Coimbatore – 641 018
Phone: 0422 – 2380002, 2380410
Email: helpcare@satyam.net.in
Website: www.familycareindia.org , www.thefamilyindia.org
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Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy For the Blind

History of the Institute:
Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind (SRMAB) was founded in 1969 when a school for the blind was started in Bangalore with just one visually impaired student. Over three decades later, SRMAB now reaches out to empower over 15,000 people across disabilities not just the visually impaired. It offers both direct and indirect services, institutionally through the school, and through community based rehabilitation programmes in semi–urban and rural areas in Karnataka covering some 1800 villages.

Vision:
All people with disabilities will have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and live with self-respect and dignity.

Disability Specialization:
Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind caters services for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and the mentally challenged.

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind:

  • Human Resource Development
    • Diploma in Special Education (Visual Impairment)
    • Bachelor in Special Education (B.Ed)
    • Bridge Course
    • BHOJ University Distance Education Programme
    • Foundation Course under NPRPD in visual and mental rehabilitation
    • Training to Government Teachers through UNDP and DPEP schemes
  • Community Based Rehabilitation in Rural Districts
    • Health and Nutrition Camps
    • Education
    • Awareness
    • Economic Rehabilitation: Creation of SHG and Training
    • School based Intervention
  • Institution Based Rehabilitation - School
    • Education
    • Music
    • Physical Education/ Sports
    • Vocational Training in Computers, Braille Transcription, Dairy management and Horticulture
    • Audio Library
  • Institution Based Rehabilitation – Thirumurthy Rural Development Centre
    • Non formal Education
    • Special Units for Hearing Impaired and Mentally Challenged
    • Vocational Training Unit

Number of Beneficiaries:
More than 15000 persons with disabilities in rural and semi urban areas are served through the community based rehabilitation programme and around 300 students are served through the institution based rehabilitation programme.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
SRMAB activities are carried over mainly in rural and semi urban areas in Karnataka namely in Kanakapura, Malavalli, Mandya District, Bangalore Rural District, Channapatna etc.

Contact Address:
SRMAB
III Cross, III Phase
J P Nagar
Bangalore – 560 078
Phone: 080 – 26581076, 26580325
Fax: 080 – 26588045
Email: mail@srmab.org, srmab1969@yahoo.com
Website: www.srmab.org.in
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Swabodhini School for Special Children

History of the Institute:
Swabodhini means “empowering self learning”. Swabodhini School for Special Children was started in the year 1989 with 4 special needs children with the following vision:

  • To transform through education the lives of children and their families
  • To enable students, where possible, to integrate into open employment and where not, to continue to support their ongoing needs
  • To aim towards building collaboration and partnership between parents community resources

Disability Specialization:
The Swabodhini School for Special Children caters services for the following:
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyper-kinetic Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Learning Difficulties

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the Swabodhini School for Special Children:
  • Special Education
    • Individualised Educational Program
    • Behavoiur Management Programs
    • Experiential Learning
    • Computer Education
    • Remedial Education Classes
    • Home-based Programs
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Movement Therapy
  • Vocational Training

Number of Beneficiaries:
From humble beginnings when the school was born out of deep passion to meet the special needs of 4 children, the school has grown rapidly to teach and train 60 children apart from imparting occupational therapy for another 40 children.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located on the First Seaward Road, Valmiki Nagar and covers the needs of the surrounding. Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • Students have completed secondary examination of NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling).
  • Students have won prizes at the Rotary Talent Competition and gold medals at the National Special Olympic meet.
  • Few students having attained sufficient training in the Vocational Training Unit and have started their own unit.

Contact Address:
Swabodhini School for Special Children
No. 21, Rajagoplan Second Street
First Seaward Road
Valmiki Nagar
Chennai – 600 041, India
Phone: 044 – 24452485, 42020485
Email: swabidhini@gmail.com
Website: www.swabidhiniautism.org
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Prasanthi School for Children with Special Needs

History of the Institute:
Prasanthi special education centres started in 200. at calicut Kerala.At present there are 100 special children and 33 staff members. There are 4 centres.

  • Prasanthi school for children with special needs
  • Prasanthi centre for Autism
  • Prsasanthi centre for slow learners
  • Prasanthi centre for early intervention

Disability Specialization:
Mental retardation Learning disability and Autism.

Nature of Service:
Special training,vocational training.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
In all life skills training

Number of Beneficiaries:
100

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
In and around Calicut city in Kerala.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
Best school award by Ministry of social welfare, Govt.of kerala. best school award from all kerala special schools association

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
scientific appropriate training home visits exposure to all public places and functions vocational training

Present Needs of the Institute:
managed by Navajyothi charitable trust regestered in 2000. So far not in receipt of any financial geant from govt.

Contact Address:
Prasanthi school for children with special needs
Peoples Road
Karaparamba
Calicut 10
Kerala
Ph.0495 2383566,2384566,2370616
Email Address: rkmenon1945@hotmail.com
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SAARATHY - PAMMAC
Parents Association for Persons with Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy Affiliated to PAARIVAR – NFPA, National Trust

History of the Association:
SAARATHY – PAMMAC is a parent’s association for persons with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities in Coimbatore district. SAARATHY - PAMMAC was started on 19 March 2001 as an association governed by the Constitution, following the civil code of India and registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. Since persons with these disabilities cannot advocate for themselves, parents have to shoulder their responsibilities and hence the need a parent’s body arose. SAARTHY – PAMMAC is affiliated to PAARIVAR - National Federation of Parents Associations and the National Trust. The aims and objectives of the society are:

  • To secure persons with mental handicap, irrespective of caste, creed, race or religion, from all possible sources, provisions of medical, remedial, rehabilitative, residential, educational, training, employment, welfare and social security services.
  • To create a common bond of understanding and action among professionals, parents, families and others affected by the problems of mental handicap throughout the district, the country and the world.
  • To promote the interest of persons with mental handicap and their families by bringing about co-operation and interaction among the families and any other organizations or institutions involved in the area and endeavor on their behalf.
  • To secure and ensure inclusive education with all kinds of support services with the help of comprehensive legislation and enactment towards that end.
  • To promote and provide diagnosis, treatment, educational training, recreation, and vocational training for persons with mental handicaps.
  • To explore the possibilities of identifying jobs and activities according to the skills and potential of persons with mental handicaps and ensuring job-quota and financial help for entrepreneurs.
  • To promote activities to prevent retardation by way of camps, exhibitions, media and other names.
  • To initiate forming day care centers to help the affected parents and to take care of the children after the demise of their parents

Disability Specialization:
SAARATHY – PAMMAC is an association of parents for persons with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities. It caters services for the enrichment of persons with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities.

Nature of Service:
    The various activities in which the association is involved are:
  • Assessment and Intervention Programmes
  • Awareness Programmes
  • Genetic and General Counselling
  • Recreational Programmes (Sports, Drawing & Cultural Competitions)
  • Parents Self Help Vocational Centres
  • Self-support network groups of parents
  • Joint activities with DDRO and SSA – IED

Number of Beneficiaries:
Around 260 parents are as members of the association and take part in the developmental activities of persons with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities.

Geographical Coverage of the Association:
SAARATHY – PAMMAC is an association of parents of persons with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and multiple disabilities in Coimbatore district.

Achievements of the Association in the last two years:
  • SAARATHY - PAMMAC has rendered yeoman service in the past in co-ordination with the District Disabilities Rehabilitation Office, Coimbatore, issuing Identity Cards numbering 2122 to the disabled children, conducting 31 camps in and around Coimbatore district.
  • SAARATHY - PAMMAC has helped in organizing the 13th All India Parents’ Meet at Coimbatore jointly with TNSCCP which was attended by 250 parents of disabled children all over India
  • SAARATHY PAMMAC has jointly worked up with M/S. United India Insurance Co. Ltd, Coimbatore and successfully launched a Floater Group Mediclaim policy for the mentally challenged on 8th December 2006.
  • SAARATHY PAMMAC had taken up with Govt. of Tamilnadu and achieved for issuing free bus pass to the disabled in the year 2004 for attending the Block Resource Centre for Physiotherapy and other Occupational therapies intended for disabled.

Contact Address:
SAARATHY – PAMMAC
C/O Star Special School
Singanallur
Coimbatore – 641 005
Phone: 0422 – 2270671
Email: sarathypammac@yahoo.com
Website: www.geocities.com/sarathypammac
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Workshop For Rehabilitation And Training Of The Handicapped

History of the Institute:
WORTH Trust, initiated by the Swedish Red Cross in the year 1963, it started its rehabilitation activities for people affected by leprosy as a target group. WORTH modified its direction to include polio affected in its rehabilitation efforts. This led to the phenomenal revolution in the training of persons with disabilities in unconventional training areas. WORTH was in this during the past three decades until 1999. With the effective control of polio, the WORTH Transitional School for Polio affected children was closed to be reopened as school for those with speech and hearing impairment. The transition of the disability from leprosy affected to polio victims has taken a turn, with increased recognition of disability in other areas like vision impaired and mental retardation.

Mission:
  • To enable persons with disabilities use their latent potential to develop to as meaningful and productive level as possible
  • Provide systematic vocational or on-the-job training to youth with disabilities to facilitate employment and growth
  • To educate and prepare children with hearing disabilities for mainstream integration
  • To produce and market quality mobility and assistive devices for people with disabilities, at affordable price
  • To spread the message of integration of persons with disabilities through the outreach programme and assist through counselling, medical assistance and appropriate intervention
  • As vendors, to supply goods on time at the agreed price and quality standards
Nature of Service:
    The various services provided by the WORTH Trust are:
  • Vocational Training
  • Production
  • Special Education
  • Sensitization and Outreach Programme
  • Rehabilitation Training Resource Centre
Vocational Training
WORTH Trust runs three Technical Training Centers, one each at Katpadi, Pondicherry and Tiruchirappalli. Physically disabled boys and girls with '10th standard pass' qualification are admitted to these centres and given training in the trades of Turner, Electronic Mechanic, Machinist and Welder. These courses are recognized by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT).

Production<
WORTH Trust, runs following production units which produce Braillers, Mobility Canes etc.
  • Machine Shop
  • Energy Meter Repair Unit
  • Plastic Unit
  • Brailler Unit
  • Mobility Aids Unit
Special Education
WORTH runs a government recognized residential Transitional School for Children with Speech and Hearing Impediments, in its campus at Katpadi. Children seeking admission in this school are first screened through an audiogram to assess the severity of their impairment. The age group of children admitted to the school is from 4 years to 10. The children join different classes according to their age and undergo studies upto 3rd standard. After 3rd standard they are made continue their studies in the regular school.

Sensitization and Outreach
With a view to assist the many disabled children and adults in rural areas, requiring rehabilitation services; WORTH has undertaken an Outreach programme consisting of Rural Rehabilitation Programme, Disability Awareness Campaign, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Counseling Centre and a Survey Project in its vicinity in the Vellore District of Tamil Nadu.

RETREC (Rehabilitation Training Resource Centre)
Rehabilitation Training Resource Centre (RETREC) of the Trust, as the name implies, is the storehouse for the wealth of experience acquired by the Trust in this field over four decades. This knowledge is periodically shared with others engaged in similar rehabilitation work in India and abroad. The Centre also provides a platform for exchanging ideas on rehabilitation issues at an international level.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
WORTH Trust is located at Katpadi in Vellore District. Its production units are spread over Tamilnadu at Katpadi, Pondicherry and Tiruchirappalli.

Contact Address:
WORTH Trust
48, New Thiruvalam Road
Katpadi
Vellore – 632 007
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 0416 – 2242739
Fax: 0416 – 2243939
Email: worth@md3.vsnl.net.in
             vlr_worth@sancharnet.in
Website: www.worthtrust.org.in
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Kasthuriba Gandhi Oral School for the Deaf

History of the Institute:
Kasthuriba Gandhi Oral School for the Deaf was started with the blessings of Padmabushan Dr. N. Mahalingam on 2 October 1996 with five students. The school is run by Mahalingam Mariammal Diamond Jubilee Trust

Disability Specialization:
The Kasthuriba Gandhi Oral School for the Deaf caters services for the hearing impaired.

Nature of Service:
    The Kasthuriba Gandhi Oral School for the Deaf provides educational services to the hearing impaired children. The various services provided by the school are:
  • Early Intervention
  • Special Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Auditory Training
  • Vocational Education (Tailoring)
  • Sports, Yoga
Number of Beneficiaries:
The school has a total strength of 73 students comprising of 36 boys and 37 girls. Most of the students in the school are from poor background.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located near at Varadarajapuram near Uppilipalayam and covers the needs of the Coimbatore district.

Contact Address:
Kasthuriba Gandhi Oral School for the Deaf
479, Kamarajar Salai
Varadarajapuram
Uppilipalayam Post
Coimbatore – 641 015
Phone: 0422 – 6548892
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Kuzhanthaikal Kudumpam Families for Children

History of the Institute:
Families for Children (FFC) is a Canada based non–denominational, non-profit making registered Charitable Organisation that cares for orphaned, abandoned and destitute children in India and Bangladesh. FFC was started is the year 1971. The FFC project in Podanur was started in the year 1978.

Disability Specialization:
Families for Children cater services for orphaned, abandoned, destitute and disabled children

Nature of Service:
    Families for Children (FFC), is home for the orphaned, abandoned, destitute and disabled children. The various activities of FFC are:
  • Education
    • Lending Library
    • Computer Lab
    • Nursery
    • Kindergarten
    • Jacob’s Day Care Centre
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Childline Programme(under Woman and Child Development Programme, Govt. of India)
  • Child Adoption Programme
  • Income Generating Projects:
    • Silk Project
    • Paper Project
    • Plastic Project
    • Handicraft Jewelry Project
    • Soap Making Project
    • lass Bead Making Project
Number of Beneficiaries:
FFC is home for almost 500 children including boys, girls and infants. There are about 40 special needs children who are cared by special teachers.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
FFC is located on the Vellalore Road near Podanur and covers the needs of the Coimbatore district.

Contact Address:
Kuzhanthaikal Kudumpam (Families For Children)
107, Vellalore Roa
Podanur
Coimbatore – 641 023
Tamilnadu, India
Phone: 0422 – 2413235
Fax: 0422 – 2143397
Childline: 0422 – 2413433
Email: ffcindia@eth.net

Head Office:
Families For Children
No. 10, Bowling Green
Pointe Claire
Quebec
Canada – H9S4W1
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Evershine School of Education and Training For the Learning Disabled

History of the Institute:
Evershine School of Education and Training for the Learning Disabled was started on 12 June 2002 with strength of 23 students by Evershine Charitable Trust.

Disability Specialization:
The school caters educational services for the learning disabled.

Nature of Service:
    The various services provided by the school are:
  • Special Education
  • Yoga
  • Vocational Education
Number of Beneficiaries:
35 students are benefited by the services of the school.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located at Vadavalli in Coimbatore district and serves the needs of the public in Vadavalli and surrounding.

Contact Address:
Evershine School of Education and Training for the Learning Disabled
No. 10, New Golden Nagar Street
Vadavalli
Coimbatore – 641 046
Phone: 0422 – 2425102
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Infant Jesus Society For Education And Training For Hearing Impaired

History of the Institute:
Infant Jesus Society for Education and Training for Hearing Impaired was started with seven students in the year 1997. The society is run by the Social Service Wing of Carmelite Sisters.

Disability Specialization:
The Infant Jesus School caters educational services for the speech and hearing impaired.

Nature of Service:
    The Infant Jesus School caters school education services to the hearing impaired children. The various services provided by the school are:
  • Early Intervention
  • Special Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Auditory Training
  • Music, Dance, Yoga
Number of Beneficiaries:
The school has a total strength of 54 students studying upto X standard. Most of the students in the hostel are from poor background and they are been provided with free education.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located at Thekkupalayam near Periyanaickenpalayam and covers the needs of the Periyanaickenpalayam block.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
The school has been crowned by the Best Achiever Award and Gold Medal in the year 2007 by the South Indian Arts and Cultural Academy and Himalayan Vision.

Contact Address:
Infant Jesus Society for Education and Training for Hearing Impaired
Thekkupalayam Post
Coimbatore – 641 020
Tamilnadu
Phone: 0422 – 2695675
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Karunai Illam School for the Mentally Challenged

History of the Institute:
Karunai Illam School for the Mentally Challenged was started in the year 1991 by the Inner Wheel Club of Tirupur.

Disability Specialization:
The School caters services for the mentally challenged.

Nature of Service:
    The various services provided the school are:
  • Early Intervention
  • Special Education
  • Vocational Education
Number of Beneficiaries:
The school has strength of 24 students and two teachers

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located in Tirupur and covers the needs of Tirupur and the surrounding.

Contact Address:
Karunai Illam School for the Mentally Challenged
Inner Wheel Club of Tirupur
College Road Tirupur – 641 602
Phone: 0421 – 2231547
Email: iw-tirupur@hotmail.com
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Indian Association for the Blind

History of the Institute:
Our Association has successfully completed 21 years of service to our society. The growth during the past 21 years has been recognized and appreciated from several quarters including the Government, Social Organizations and the public in general. These appreciations are reflected by the continuous help of several persons to the association in the functioning and then constantly fulfilling demands from the Visually Challenged Children IAB has rehabilitated more than 5,000 visually challenged girls, boys, men, women and families making them stand on their own and in several cases to support their families. There have been challenges, frustrations, inspirations, encouragements, recognitions, right through. These are detailed in the Annexure. IAB has traveled a long way, removing thorns and bushes, paving the path for lesser willed thousands to follow. We believe that a person who is blind or visually impaired has the right to receive instruction in all aspects of his/her life in order to learn the skills necessary to reach his/her full potential. The Indian Association for the Blind continues to promote the full continuum of service options for the blind or visually impaired. We believe that the services provided should be all encompassing and based on individual strengths and needs and what is most appropriate at the specific time.

Disability Specialization:
Visually Handicapped

Nature of Service:
  • Higher Secondary School
  • Integrated Education
  • Telephone Operator Course
  • Stenography
  • Chair Caning
  • Tailoring Course
  • Computer Course
  • Computerised Braille Press
  • Computerised Braille Library
  • Aids & Appliances Distribution

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Educating and Rehabilitating the visually Challenged

Number of Beneficiaries:
320

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
All over Tamilnadu

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
2006 State Award For Best Institution Service To Hadicapped by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu 2007 National Award for the BEst Institution by MSJE 2008 Republic Day Award for Best Social Worker by Madurai Collector

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
Tamil Braille Convertor Software

Present Needs of the Institute:
Contact Address:
Mr.S.M.A.JINNAH
Founder & Secretary General INDIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND
Sundarajanpatty Alagakoil Main Road Arumbanoor Post
Madurai - 625104. Tamil Nadu India
Ph : 91 452 6525533 / 3291576 Cell : 91 92444-46669
Website : www.theiab.org

Email Address:
iabmdu@gmail.com
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Punar Jeevan mental health service center

History of the Institute:
Moved by the problems faced by the people with mental and emotional problems, Fr.Stanislaus.T, a catholic priest established Punar Jeevan mental health service center in the year 1992. It was registered under Indian Trust Act. It is a voluntary non-profit making organization, which upholds the human and social values in its commitment to the poor and those who have psychological problems. Its services reach out the needy irrespective of caste, creed, race and religion.

Disability Specialization:
Rehabilitation of the mentally ill.

Nature of Service:
The various programmes of Sadhana Trust are:
  • Awareness programs on mental health.
  • Identifying the persons with mental illness at an early stage and intervene in their lives.
  • Community based rehabilitation of the mentally ill.
  • Reducing stigma towards mental illness through public education.
  • Safeguarding the rights of the mentally ill and protecting them from exploitation.
  • Creating employment opportunities for the recovered patients.

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Conducting seminars and training sessions on mental health and allied subjects.

Number of Beneficiaries:
Individual counseling 1732 persons, Family counseling 37 couples, Seminars to students 14, Awareness programs 12, Trainings to volunteers 4, Treatment of the mentally ill 283 persons, Motivating alcoholics for treatment 110 persons, Rural mental health camps 24.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Three southern most districts of Tamilnadu; namely, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli & Kanyakumari.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • Reduced stigma on mental illness
  • Superstitious believes on mental illness has reduced and people have started to come for treatment.
  • Community participation in their treatment and rehabilitation.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
  • Creating a conducive environment at home so that even chronically ill patients can be cured at home with minimum expenses
  • This project is being carried out mostly through local donations and volunteers.

Present Needs of the Institute:
  • To start a home for the female mentally ill destitute.
  • To publish books on mental health and allied subjects.

Contact Address:
Fr. Stanislaus .T
Punar Jeevan, Vadalivilai Road & Post
Valliyoor Via
Tirunelveli District - 627 117.
Tamilnadu,India
Email : frstanis@yahoo.com
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Sadhana Trust

History of the Institute:
Sadhana Trust was established as a registered Public Charitable Trust in the year 1989 by a group of professionals with a mission to contribute towards mainstreaming the mentally challenged and dyslexics thereby ensuring equal opportunities for self sustenance and development. To begin with the trust started a special school in the year 1990. Later on a hostel and a vocational training centre was added to its services. In the year 2000, Cordaid, The Netherlands international funding agency supported its project on remedial education for learning disabled children. The trust started implementing Inclusive Education for the disabled under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from the year 2001. Early Identification and Prevention programme was started from the year 2007.

Disability Specialization:
The Sadhana Trust caters services for mentally challenged and the dyslexics.

Nature of Service:
The various programmes of Sadhana Trust are:
  • Dr. Maria Montessori Special School
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
  • Department of Special Education
  • Prasanthi Hostel
  • Sadhana Vocational Training Centre
  • Learning Links, India
  • Inclusive Education Programme
  • Upanayan, Early Intervention Programme
  • Sadhana Rehabilitation Centre, Dindugal
  • Vazhndhu Kaatuvom Project, Kayathaar Block, Thoothukudi

Number of Beneficiaries:
The beneficiaries during the year 2006 – 2007:
S.No Services Beneficiaries
1 Special School 72
2 Hostel 25
3 Vocational Training

32

4 Vocational Training Short 450
5 Early Intervention

194
6

Learning Links, India

92
7 Parental Counseling

916
8 Special Services

3757
9 Awareness 1021

10 Seminar & Workshops

1045
11 Publications 4105
12 Inclusive Education 3950
  Total 15,659

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The trust is located on the New Natham Road in Madurai and caters the needs of Madurai city.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
  • Direct intervention in 10 districts
  • Networking and multi-sectarian linkages
  • Technology transfer and dissemination
  • State level advocacy, lobbying and publicity
  • Educational and research initiations

Contact Address:
Sadhana Trust
11, New Natham Road
Madurai – 625 002
Phone: 0452 2531629
Email : maildrmm@gmail.com
Website : www.sadhana.org.in
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Mother Theresa Society

History of the Institute:
Mother Theresa Society for the Handicapped - Udumalpet is a small voluntary organization providing care and rehabilitation for rural poor children with disabilities since 1998. The society is located at Udumalpet, a rural region in Coimbatore District of Tamilnadu State, India. Mr.Rexraj is the Founder/ Director of the organisation. He is qualified as a special educator in Mental Retardation from National Institute as well as holds a Masters degree in Sociology. The aim of the Organisation is to avail qualitative rehabilitation services to rural poor children with disability and empowerment of their families.

Disability Specialization:
The Mother Theresa Society for the Handicapped caters services for persons with mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, speech and hearing impairment and multiple disabilities

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the Mother Theresa Society for the Handicapped are:
  • Special school
  • Early intervention
  • Residential care home
  • Pre-vocational training
  • Parents/ family counselling and training
  • Out reach services
  • Care givers training
  • Therapeutics

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
  • Training of staff
  • Admission of special children
  • Coordination in conducting network programs like awareness fund raising, proposal writing

Number of Beneficiaries:
  • Mentally Retarded - 32
  • Cerebral Palsy - 9
  • Speech and Hearing Impaired - 5
  • Autism - 7
  • Multiple Disabilities - 6

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Udumalpet Taluk, Coimbatore District (Madathukulam, udumalpet, Gudimangalam Blocks)

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • 13 children integrated into regular schools after adequate rehabilitation intervention.
  • 10 care givers trained and they are successfully employed.
  • Over two lakh population covered and sensitized on the nature, need and prevention of disability.
  • 7 youngsters with disability are guided for productive employment.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
  • Early identification and intervention
  • Sensory integration therapy for autistic children
  • Expertise services by abroad volunteers

Contact Address:
Mother Theresa Society for the Handicapped
Rajavur Village
SV Mills Post
Udumalpet – 642128
Coimbatore
Phone : 9245150569, 9442147738
Email : mothertheresa22@yahoo.com
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Society for Visually Handicapped

History of the Institute:
Society for Visually Handicapped (SVH) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit, non-government institution. It is managed wholly by volunteers. We organise education resource support for the VI students -- through Scholarships, Talking Books, Braille Books, Counseling and Guidance for selection of vocation, preparation for Competitive Examinations. There are 35 members, of whom 8 were governing body members. From 2004, services for the deafblind and multi-sensory impaired children were initiated. From 2006, SVH is getting support from Sense International (India) for its Project Deafblind. This is a home-based as well as centre-based project.

Disability Specialization:
Visual Impairment; Multiple Disability with Visual impairment (MDVI); Deafblindness

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the Rehabilitation Centre are:
  • Preparation of Braille and Talking books
  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Consultancy to Government of West Bengal in Sarva Shiksha Mission
  • Publication of awareness manual in Bengali and English
  • Centre based and home-based service for the deafblind and multi-sensory impaired children

In what areas the institute can offer support to others?
Consultancy

Number of Beneficiaries:
250 visually impaired citizens are getting direct service. Under Project Deafblind, 30 children are getting direct as well as support service.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
Based in Kolkata. Beneficiaries are VI students of 7 universities of West Bengal. Project Deafblind covers Kolkata, and the districts of North and South 24 Parganas.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
25 Visually Impaired graduates/post graduate men and women got teaching posts in Secondary/Higher Secondary schools in West Bengal through School Service Commission, West Bengal. SVH Resource Person in Awareness programme organised by Sarva Shiksha Mission on Deafblindness and Multiple Disability. Publication of

  • Awareness manual on Deafblindness in 2007
  • Self Learning Manual for Mathematics Braille Code for the teachers.

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
  • Whatever the SVH resource persons earn as honorarium are donated for the services of SVH.
  • Translate the latest knowledge on disability into manual/publication in regional languages
  • Services are offered free of cost as far as possible. Charges for assistive devices are taken from those who can pay.

Present Needs of the Institute:
SVH organise its services from 3 centres through volunteers.
  • West Bengal State Central Library--Braille and Audio Library Section is run by volunteers of SVH. But the space is offered by the Govt. of West Bengal.(Mon -- Fri: 11 am -- 5 pm)
  • Maharashtra Nivas Hall. Space offered by the Trustees of Maharashtra Nivas(Tuesday: 10.30 am -- 1.30 pm)
  • SVH Deafblind Resource Centre at 60/5/1 H P Dutta lane, Kolkata 700033. Space offered by Dr Ruma Chatterjee on rent free (Wednesday and Saturday: 12 pm – 6 pm)

Contact Address:
Registered Office:
Society for Visually Handicapped,
Apt 1B, 12 Dover Road,
Kolkata 700019.

Dr Ruma Chatterjee,
266 B Maharani Indira Debi Road,
Kolkata 700060.

Email Address:
ruma1@hotmail.com
svh@vsnl.com
hena_basu@yahoo.co.in

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Presentation Convent Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled

History of the Institute:
The Presentation Convent Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled was started in June 1993 with 20 disabled children. The Centre is run by the Congregation of the Sisters of Presentation Convent. The mission of the centre is to provide special services to the disabled and create self confidence in them.

Disability Specialization:
The Centre to the education needs of the mentally challenged and persons with locomotor disability

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the Rehabilitation Centre are:
  • Special Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Conducting Medical Camps
  • Manufacturing and Providing Assistive Devices

Number of Beneficiaries:
The school has a total strength of 119 students. Most of the students in the school are from poor background, orphans and are from rural areas.

Category Total
Mentally Challenged 43
Orthopaedically Handicapped 76
Total 119

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located at Singarampalayam village near Kinathukadavu and covers the needs of the villages surrounding Kinathukadavu.

Contact Address:
Presentation Convent Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled
Singarampalayam
Kinathukadavu
Coimbatore – 642 109
Phone: 04259 - 242449

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Amrit Institute for Special Needs

History of the Institute:
Amrit Institute for Special Needs is run by "The Society for the Aid of Handicapped Children", a voluntary organization, which started functioning from 1963 to cater to the needs of mentally and physically challenged children with a vision statement “Integration of challenged children with the society to lead a normal life and to nurture Special Educators to carry the torch of Inclusion and Integration”. The main objectives of the institute are to:
  • Identify children at risk right from pregnancy and intervene early.
  • Enable challenged children to integrate in regular schools.
  • Train special children vocationally to make them an asset to society and themselves.
Disability Specialization:
The Amrit Institute for Special Needs provides special education and vocational education services for mentally challenged, orthopaedically challenged and persons with speech and hearing impairment.

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the institute are:
  • Special school for the Mentally Challenged
  • Special school for the Orthopaedically Challenged
  • School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired
  • Amrit - Institute for Special Needs (Early Intervention)
  • Vocational training for the differently - abled
  • Department of Speech and Audiology
  • Guidance and Counselling Centre
  • Full fledged Physiotherapy department
  • Computer training for the differently abled

Number of Beneficiaries:
The institute has a total strength of 82 students. Majority of the students of the school are from economically backward families. Some students are sponsored, some pay fees, and some pay fees on a concession basis. Free bus facility is provided to students within a limited area.

Category Number of Students
Mentally Challenged 54
Physically Challenged including Speech and Hearing Impaired 14
Early Intervention Unit 14
Total 82

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located near Kavundampalayam on the Coimbatore - Mettupalayam road and caters to the needs of the surrounding area and the Coimbatore city.

Achievements of the Institute:
  • Best Institution Award by Social Welfare Department, Government of Tamil Nadu in 1992.
  • In 1995 and 1997, mentally challenged students of the school participated in National Level Special Olympics and won several gold and silver medals

Contact Address:
The Society for the Aid of Handicapped Children (Amrit)
34, Mettupalayam Road
Coimbatore – 641 043
Phone: 0422 - 2441902

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Bharathi Rehabilitaion Centre

History of the Institute:
Bharathi Rehabilitation Centre was started in the year 1990 by Bharath Educational Society and is a recognised institute by the Government of Tamilnadu. The centre commits itself in guiding its children to realize their potential and grow to reach heights with the confidence that is built in them with patience and understanding by their teachers and all connected with the centre.

Disability Specialization:
The Bharathi Rehabilitation Centre caters for mentally challenged and the hearing impaired children.

Nature of Service:
The centre follows the Madras Developmental Programming System (MDPS) for the basic activity teaching. At the higher level it follows the National Institute of Open Schooling and Tamilnadu State Board syllabi. Along with the regular studies the children are taught with yoga, dance, music and craft. The various services provided by the centre are:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Vocational Training

Number of Beneficiaries:
The centre at present caters to the special education needs of 100 disabled children comprising of the categories of hearing impairment and mental retardation.

Contact Address:
Bharathi Rehabilitation Centre
307, Thadagam Road
Coimbatore – 641 013
Phone: 0422 2442187
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Coimbatore Spastic Trust

History of the Institute:
Ashirwad meaning blessing is indeed a blessing to most of us who are a part of it. It is a social welfare organisation run by Coimbatore Spastic Trust.

Disability Specialization:
Ashirwad is a special school for children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome and mental retardation.

Nature of Service:
Ashirwad special education centre provides opportunity to children with special needs to enjoy their childhood and grow up as much as everybody else. Children undergo special education, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy. They are also trained through games, music therapy and yoga to ease their mind and to add novelty in what they do.

The vocational training centre named Arpritha trains older children in vocational education. They are trained in making paper bags, handmade cards, gift wrappers, and other art and handicrafts.
The centre runs a scheme named Arokiya which provides children with balanced diet and regular medical checkups. Other activities include:
  • Special Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Vocational Training
  • Counselling

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The Coimbatore Spastic Trust is located in the heart of the Coimbatore city at R S Puram.

Contact Address:
The Coimbatore Spastic Trust
No. 1 Subramaniam Street
R. S. Puram
Coimbatore – 641 002
Phone: 0422 2471664
Email : mail@ashirwad.org
Website : www.ashirwad.org
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KRISH

History of the Institute:
Kovai Rehabilitation and Information Services for the Handicapped (KRISH) was started on 3 June 1984 at Sivananda Colony, Coimbatore. After serving there for about 20 years it was shifted to the present campus at Thirunagar, Coimbatore.

Disability Specialization:
KRISH is a non-profitable service society working for the rehabilitation of children with congenital deafness, mental retardation, autism, speech/ language problems, learning disability and cerebral palsy.

Nature of Service:
Activities conducted by the KRISH:

  • UBADESH : Programme on Prevention
  • ABCDE :(Adaptive Behaviour and Communication Disorder Evaluation): Programme on Diagnostics
  • SAMACHAR : Programme on Information
  • KOVAI REHAB SERVICES : Day Care Special Education
  • GNANODHAYA : For Mentally Retarded Children
  • CONCEPT : For Deaf Children
  • VIDHYABBYAS : For Learning Disabled Children
  • ACTION : For Cerebral Palsy Children
  • YUKTHI : For Strategy Development

Innovative Practices of the Institute:
  • Catch them Young
  • Team Approach
  • Community Integration
  • Effective Teaching

Contact Address:
Kovai Rehabilitation and Information Services for the Handicapped (KRISH)
‘GANANESHWAR’, Chinnam Estates
Plot No. 28, Kovai Thirunagar
(Near Nehru Nagar and Back of KMCH)
Civil Aerodrome (PO)
Coimbatore – 641 014
Phone : 0422 2629103
Email : kovairehab@yahoo.com
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Neyam Special School

History of the Institute:
Neyam Special School for the Mentally Challenged was started on June 2000 by the Neyam Educational and Social Service Trust (NESST) with the following objectives:

  • to educate
  • to train in vocational skills
  • to rehabilitate

The NESST is registered with the National Trust, an affiliated body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

Disability Specialization:
The Neyam Special School caters educational services of mentally challenged children.

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the school are:
  • Vocational Training
  • Integrated Education
  • Hostel for Disabled and Orphans
  • Guidance and Counselling

Number of Beneficiaries:
The school at present caters to the needs of 40 children with mental retardation. The hostel has about 80 disabled children from very poor background and orphans

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
It is located on the Coimbatore to Mettupalayam main road near Kuttaiyur, Karamadai.

Contact Address:
Neyam Special School for the Mentally Challenged
Kuttaiyur, M K Pudur
Karamadai
Coimbatore – 641 104
Phone : 04254 226028
Email : neyam.mtp@gmail.com
Website : www.neyamspecialschool.org
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Sri Prashanthi Academy

History of the Institute:
Sri Prashanthi Academy was started by a mother of a Down syndrome girl on 8 July 2006 with a vision to provide every special child access to a positive environment which enhances his/ her quality of life and gives him/ her opportunity to participate freely in everyday life experiences.

Disability Specialization:
Sri Prashanthi Academy provides specialised education for students with Autism, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Speech or Language Disorder and other specific disorders. Integration into mainstream is one of the basic goals; the school concentrates on facilitatrus the emotional, physical and intellectual life experiences and confidence necessary for each student to lead a fuller and independent life.

Nature of Services:
The goals of the academy are:

  • To ensure overall development and to stand on their own respectfully thus becoming capable of being an integral part of the society
  • To achieve maximum possible development in each child so that they learn to share, respond and blossom as happy members of his/ her family and society.
  • To ensure availability of an inter-disciplinary team of Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Physiotherapist, Special Educator, Psychologist, Doctors, Sports, Dance and Music Therapy teachers who will provide therapeutic and rehabilitation services.
  • To provide viable educational option so that the parents fill themselves with full hope for joyful life.
  • To provide special care and love the child requires preventing their limiting conditions coming in the way of their achieving full personality development.

The various services provided by the academy are:
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Family Counselling and Training
  • Individualised Education Program

Contact Address:
Sri Prashanthi Academy
4/199 Thangavelu Street
NGGO Colony
Coimbatore – 641 022
Phone: 0422 2642278
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<-b class="title">Star Special School

History of the Institute:
The Star Special School (St. Anne’s Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled) is run by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne of Trichy with a vision to create equal opportunities and rights to persons with disabilities as to other citizens and also provide necessary training and rehabilitation services. The mentally challenged school was started on 23 January 1984. The orthopaedically handicapped section was started on June 1988. Following the mentally challenged section and orthopaedically handicapped section the school for the hearing impaired was started on June 1994.

Disability Specialization:
The Star Special School caters for mentally challenged, orthopaedically handicapped and the hearing impaired.

Nature of Service:
The various services provided by the Star Special School are:

  • Early Intervention
  • Special Education
  • Therapies (Speech, Physio, Music, Dance, Yoga)
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Childline Programme
  • Awareness Programme

Number of Beneficiaries:
The school has a total strength of 435 students. Most of the students in the school are from poor background, orphans, abandoned and street children.
Category Male Female Total
Mentally Challenged 188 122 300
Hearing Impaired 58 47 105
Orthopaedically Handicapped 17 13 30
Grand Total 263 172 435

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located near Singanallur and covers the needs of the Coimbatore district.

Contact Address:
Star Special School
St. Anne’s Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled
Singanallur
Coimbatore – 641 022
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Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School

History of the Institute:
The Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School for the mentally challenged children was started in the year 1981 with one girl with mental retardation in the kindergarten class. Integration is the main focus of the school to make persons with mental retardation to live in society independently to the extent possible.

Disability Specialization:
The Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School caters for persons with mental retardation.

Nature of Service:
The Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School offers special education and vocational education services for persons with mental retardation. The various services provided by the School are:

  • Early Detection, Intervention and Sensory Integration Unit to render services to rural institutions such as Arsha Vidya Gurukulam – Anaikatti, Primary Health Centre – Thadagam, Corporation Hospital – Ganapathy and Sri Lavanya Hospital – Vadavalli.
  • Special Education to pupils by grouping them as pre-primary, primary, secondary and pre-vocational as per the guidelines stipulated by the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH). National Institute of Open Schooling syllabus is followed for students going to higher school education.
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy Units effectively function to improve the overall abilities of the child’s balance, co-ordination etc.

Number of Beneficiaries:
The school has a total strength of more than 100 children with different levels of mental retardation.

Geographical Coverage of the Institute:
The school is located in the outskirts of Coimbatore on the Coimbatore - Mettupalayam main road near Thudiyalur. It also provides its services in the areas of Anaikatti, Thadagam, Ganapathy and Vadavalli.

Achievements of the Institute in the last two years:
  • The school students have won a number of medals in the International Special Olympics and National Special Olympics.
  • The school was honoured with the State Award for the "Best Institution 2005" (Disabled Welfare) given by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.
  • The school was honoured with the "National Trust Award for the Best Local Level Committee 2005" and the “Best Information Centre, Coimbatore District 2005”.

Contact Address:
Vidya Vikasini Opportunity School
66, D Mettupalayam Road
Thudiyalur
Coimbatore – 641 034
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