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Special Education

Here are some of the special education programmes that we support:

  • School for Children With Visual Impairments And Multiple Disabilities (Delhi) +
    Children with disabilities need special training, attention and specialized education. Many of them cannot be integrated into mainstream institutions. This programme runs a school for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities aimed at providing meaningful social and educational opportunities to them. By developing their abilities, it enables them to be participative members of society and lead a dignified life. The school is manned with special educators, speech therapists, occupational therapists and equipped with functional assessment and stimulation rooms. It provides nutritional support and transportation facilities for all the children. The school utilizes a child-centric approach. Intervention typically begins with functional assessment, following which an individualized program is designed to meet each child's unique needs. Children who are confident and well prepared academically are integrated into mainstream schools and those who are not as strong are provided functional education in all subjects and are enrolled in the National Institute of Open School. The programme also addresses the development of orientation and mobility, communication skills, motor skills and sensory efficiency of the child. Extracurricular and leisure activities are built into the curriculum to help develop their creative capacities. Aiming at a holistic development, the programme focuses on building daily skills of the child by providing vocational training. They continuously tap technological innovations to facilitate easy learning and development of their beneficiaries. In the current year the project outreach was 83 children.
  • A School for Special Children (Hyderabad) +
    The school is addressing the issue of impacting the lives of these special children through specialized training and teaching methodologies. The children who are enrolled in the school face mild, moderate, severe and profound challenges. The children have disabilities like cerebral palsy, autism, children with Down syndrome, learning disabilities, mental retardation, epilepsy and speech impairments. The focus of this programme is to integrate differently abled children with their families and society to the maximum extent possible by intensive training, adopting innovative techniques and methodologies and using teaching aids made by qualified special educators based on the needs of the children, their age groups and the different challenges they face. The programme focuses on: a) Helping the children develop motor skills, self-help and social skills whilst engaging them in other activities which contribute to personal hygiene and grooming. b) Teaching academic skills like reading, writing, simple mathematics and enhancing their group and interpersonal interactions. c) Activities like yoga, music therapy and meditation to enhance the children's learning experience. The programme has so far touched 150 lives and families and continues to work for children with special needs.
  • Pre-School For Hearing Impaired Children (Pune) +
    This organization rehabilitates children with hearing impairment (HI) and enables them to hear and speak. They have been successfully running the programme which is the only pre-school for hearing impaired children of 0-6 years in Maharashtra. They also have in place a team consisting of an ENT surgeon, an audiologist, a speech therapist, a hearing aid technician, special educators, a psychologist and social workers. The NGO caters to children from the interior rural areas of Pune (Khed, Manchaar). Most are from a lower socio-economic stratum of society where their parents work either as daily wage laborers or individual farmers. The children who are part of this pre-school are not only prepared for integration into regular schools, but are also trained in language and speech. At the age of six they are admitted into class I, in regular schools. Children from the age group of 0 to 1 are in the stage of early intervention. Various therapies are applied to tackle the problem of deafness. Aid fitting is done and the parents are taught to observe and take care of the children. Children between 1 and 3 years along with their parents undergo parents-infants programme. The child generally starts babbling by this time, but since they cannot hear, they are to be trained with different methods of speaking. So the children as well as the parents are trained by special teachers. Between 3 and 6 years, communication skills are developed and the children are prepared for primary school. The programme focuses on children particularly within the low income group. The parents of these children are not well educated and do not have the knowledge to train the child before admitting him or her into school. Children are placed in classes depending on their level of impairment. The teacher to student ratio is 2:7. Like any kindergarten, children at Swaranaad enjoy all the activities that normal children do at a regular school; picnics, annual gatherings, celebrating festivals along with learning to read, write and recite, to name a few. They follow a syllabus and regular tests are conducted for the children. Once they successfully complete the programme (with a fairly good grasp on language and speech) they are integrated into mainstream schools.
  • Education & Welfare Centre for the Hearing Impaired (Mumbai) +
    Concern India Foundation supports a programme that addresses the education and welfare of hearing impaired children. It aims to develop their speech and language and to provide quality education for all round growth and development. Currently 65 Students are enrolled in the school (4-16 years of age) for the financial year. Education for the hearing impaired is unique as it needs to cater to children with different levels of hearing, with different individualized needs and requirements. This process thus involves; individually-planned, systematically-monitored teaching methods, adaptive materials, accessible settings and other interventions designed to help students achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and success in the school and community than they would achieve with a typical classroom education. The project takes the holistic development approach as it also focuses on extracurricular activities and life skill education as part of its intervention for the overall development of the children. The staff of the programme works on improving their own communication skills, building their capacities, networking with other key stakeholders to ensure an environment for children to ensure a quality life. Lastly they engage the children in activities which will enhance their self confidence and help identity development.
  • Educational Programme for Children with Learning Disabilities (Mumbai)+
    We support a remedial education & counseling programme for children with learning disabilities. It additionally provides training to the teachers to understand and accommodate these children. The beneficiaries are students with Learning Lags / Difficulties that are studying in the under resourced municipal schools of Thane, from Grade 3 to Grade 8. These students hail from the marginalized communities. This programme identifies students with learning disabilities & improves their educational performance in classroom examinations and mitigates the dropout rate of these students. The programme currently aims at reaching out to 300 children while appointing 12 teachers. The program also ensures the participation of parents and teachers by providing training and counseling sessions to both the sets.
  • Therapeutic and Educational Intervention Programme for Children with Disabilities (Kolkata)+
    The organisation is dedicated to the welfare, growth and development of underprivileged children. It is committed to protecting and ensuring the rights of physically challenged children and disabled people. The organisation has a home for physically disabled children, where they are able to recover through necessary surgical corrective measures and are able to lead a more dignified life. The organisation provides the children with special shoes, chairs and other aids and appliances, which assist them with standing on their own and learning how to walk. It comprises of residential Care including Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Daily Living Activities Training, Nutritional Support, Integrated and Special Educational Support, Medical Services and Vocational Training to build the livelihood capacity of the children. The project reaches out to nearly 700 children every year through surgical corrective measures. The programme also extends its reach to the 11 sub-centres from across West Bengal, where the children with physical and mental disabilities are treated using various techniques. Different food charts are prepared for the children, depending on their age and disability, so that the children receive an adequate nutrition.
  • School for the Development of Children with Mental Disabilities (Mumbai)+
    The programme operates a school for the development and social integration of children and adults with mental disabilities. They follow a system of individual educational plans, as children with cognitive disabilities tend to learn at varying rates. Children are divided into grades as per their ability to grasp concepts and are assigned tasks accordingly. The school runs an early intervention centre that provides therapy for children below the age of 5. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy are used to develop hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills among children. Once the child is 15 years old, a special teacher starts training them as per each child's ability and interest. The transition to a full time vocational training class is gradual and the child finds it easy to adjust to the activities. It also allows them to gradually contribute by taking up the responsibility of doing minor household tasks. The centre provides training in weaving through semi-automatic looms to make floor dusters, doormats and yoga mats. Sewing training is provided to stitch table napkins, aprons, sari covers and bed sheets. Different types of colorful rangoli, diyas and torans are made during Diwali and other festivals when the demand for these products is high. Exhibitions are conducted in partnership with other organizations to display their work. Part of the profit earned by selling the products is distributed among the beneficiaries as stipend. This helps the beneficiaries gain confidence and independence, contributing to their sense of accomplishment.
  • Imparting Skills of Communication to the Hearing Impaired Youth (Delhi)+
    The programme aims to build a strong foundation of basic skills among the hearing impaired youths through training in Indian Sign Language and English Communication at Civil Lines Centre, Adarsh Nagar, Delhi, and enhance their capacity to get employed. With an objective to enable the complete integration of the Hearing impaired into the mainstream through education and specialized vocational programs leading to gainful employment, reaching out to hearing impaired youth leading to promising careers in various sectors such as hospitality, IT, Retail, Backend IT Profiles etc. The project provides for vocational training in courses such as English communication, Desktop publishing and Graphic Design, MS Office and Internet, Indian Sign Language, Keyboarding Skills etc. Even though the project provides various courses and trainings, the two courses of Indian Sign Language and English Communication, that Concern India Foundation supports, are the basic courses for taking up vocational training courses and increasing employment opportunity in the market.
  • Early intervention programme for children with developmental disabilities (Delhi)+
    The goal of this project is to bring hope to the lives of children with disabilities from all sections of society. The project works with autistic, slow learners and children with multiple handicaps with the specific objective of providing interdisciplinary care to children with developmental disabilities. The project works to provide remedial services to children irrespective of their religion, caste or financial background. Apart from early intervention which help parents decide their course of action, the project provides clinical services including paediatric assessment and therapy to reach out to differently abled children who are in need of specific treatment. Free training and therapy are provided for under-privileged children and on concessional basis for children from lower middle class families.