Differently Abled



 As rightly quoted by Albert Einstein “Everyone is a Genius” in their own ways. Every individual has a potential that can be groomed and further developed into something productive. But not every eye has the potential to discover this talent.Deepalaya strongly believes that differently abled children can learn to lead a normal life if they have effective access to services like early identification, intervention, education, vocational training, employment opportunities and the availability of aids and appliances. The unit was established in the year 1998-99 and has been supported by various donors, funding agencies and companies from time to time.However, since 2014 the unit has been adopted by Laj Jagdish Foundation founded by Mr. Jyoti Sagar, a renowned advocate, in the fond memory of his parents. The unit was thereafter named as ‘Sambhav Project – Mainstreaming the Differently abled’. As the name ‘SAMBHAV’ rightly suggests ‘POSSIBLE’ we believe that every differently abled child can excel in life if given special care, love and guidance. The Sambhav Project mainly takes care of children with various disabilities like Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, Hearing and Speech Impaired, Muscular Dystrophy and other physical impairments.Deepalaya works for making children with special needs self-reliant. In other words, it not merely includes physical development but holistic development aimed at rehabilitating and mainstreaming them into the larger society.  We help children in performing activities of daily living from sitting, to standing, wearing clothes etc. They are also helped in learning alphabets, reading, and writing, recognizing, comprehending and also responding while we communicate with them.The project focuses on child to child approach; where participation is the key factor. ‘Child-to-Child’ is one of the participatory approaches where participation from children is central. This approach aims to assist and enrich learning and teaching by making the process child-centred, participatory and relevant where children enjoy learning and understand what learning is.

At the time of enrollment, each child is thoroughly assessed by a team of qualified Special Educators, Physiotherapist, Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist. Based on the findings, Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for Special Education, goals for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy are drawn up for each child, and the child is evaluated on the basis of the goals after a designated/defined period.  The Unit Head guides and supervises the team (on a one to one basis) to work along these goals.

The Occupational therapists collaborate with special educators, care takers, and parents to develop and implement individual or group programs, provide counselling, and support during classroom activities. Day-to-day life skill activities are also conducted to make them independent. Speech Therapy is also given to the children so that they are able to express their feelings. Regular extra–curricular classes like sports & games, dance, music, craftwork, painting & drawing etc. are also conducted in order to bring out children’s hidden talents and to develop their creative skills. The project caters to around 120 children in two shifts. As a majority of the parents cannot send their children to the unit, we have four vehicles for picking up children from their houses and bringing them to the centre.

For more details, please contact Ms. Kalpana Das at below given details

Phone No. – 011-64719557

Email – kalpanadas@deepalaya.org

 

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