Early Child Education and Intervention Program for Children with Disabilities in Ahmedabad District- CSR Projects India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Updated:  28/08/2019

 

Project Pitch By: Blind People’s Association (India)

 

Proposed Project Title


Early Child Education and Intervention Program for Children with Disabilities in Ahmedabad District

 

Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Special Education

Project Synopsis

The young babies are always dear and near to anyone heart. Every child is very precious to her parents and every parent have lost of aspiration and dream for their children, especially when it is the first baby. But the moment they come to know that baby has some disability their dreams get shattered. Children born with congenital disabilities need immediate attention and intervention. Majority of the children born with different syndromes or acquire disabilities immediately after birth or in the first year of their life are not identified at the earliest stage. The Parents generally do lots of medical shopping with the hope of treating the child. Children with Visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning problems and developmental delay generally are not identified until they grow or go to school. This problem could only be resolved through early childhood education program for children with disabilities.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.3 Cr - INR 0.6 Cr
Proposed Location
Dholka, Surendranagar, Deesa

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat,Municipal Corporation

Project Status
Already Implemented-Replicable
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): PWDs
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Children
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: Upto 100 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

The Early Childhood Education Program for children with disabilities will provide following services to children with disabilities.


1. Functional / Clinical Assessment Services:

  • Resource Center provides services for functional as well as clinical assessment. The clinical assessment is done by the following professionals.
  • Vision-related assessment is done by the Opthomologist, and Optometrist.Hearing related assessment is done by the Audiologist-Speech Therapist.
  • Intellectual related assessment is done by the Psychiatrist and Psychiatrist.

In addition to the clinical assessment, the professionals who work with the child on daily basis does the functional assessment, to assess the functional abilities of the child. Based on functional and clinical assessment, the rehabilitation cum education plan is developed for each child.


2. Physiotherapy Services: Physiotherapy Services is much required for children having cerebral palsy, and other muscular disorder. The children having physical disability often spend in one position, and a sedentary lifestyle can affect the weight and overall health of a disabled child. To improve lifestyle and physical condition of the disabled child, the early intervention provides physiotherapy services by a trained physiotherapist, a child will be able to stretch their body and strengthen muscles that are rarely if ever used. This will help them manage their weight, their overall health and help to give them more mobility and control of their body.

 

3. Speech Therapy Services: Language and Communication is very important for social life. Hence, parents always keen to hear the voice of his/her child. Parents also give due weight to speech development of the child. The children with cerebral palsy, speech and hearing impaired, and autistic have difficulties in communication. They require speech therapy to improve speech and communication. Resource Center provides speech therapy to the children without any charges. The professional speech therapist comes on a weekly basis, and conduct the session with each child. This would improve speech and communication of the child.

 

4. Formal and Informal Education: Resource Center is like playhouse or nursery for the children with disabilities. It should not look or feel like to children with disabilities that they are in medical settings. Hence, the design, outlay, and interiors of Resource Center is done in such way that the children with disabilities should feel like they are in a different environment, which makes them joyful, play and learn. Early intervention centre prepares children with disabilities for academics specific to their disabilities like braille, sign language. It also prepares them for independent life skills through Activity of Daily Living Skills.

 

5. Home-Based Services: Many times it would be difficult to bring a child to the early intervention services. There is the number of reasons for the same. Hence, the home-based approach is adopted for severely disabled children. The staff conduct home visit once in a week or fortnight in some cases and provide services at the doorstep. The parents are encouraged to practice the same with the child till next visit. The home visit of each child is done, this would help to understand home environment.

 

6. Parents Training/Meeting: The parents are the backbone of the early intervention centre. They need to be involved in the rehablitation cum education plan of the child. The parents need lots of support, counselling to understand their child’s condition. It is also found that the parents are also depressed, they need counselling and support. The early intervention centre plays a significant role to improve mental and emotional conditions of the parent. The Resource Center organizes training, meetings and counselling sessions for the parents regularly.

 

7. Information Center/Support Center
The resource centre will have key documents/forms for government schemes. The in-charge of resource centre will guide people with disabilities and parents to avail benefits of the government scheme. They will be also counselled for skill development, use of assistive devices, and self-employment.

The Early Childhood Education Program for children with disabilities will provide following services to children with disabilities.
1. Functional / Clinical Assessment Services:Resource Center provides services for functional as well as clinical assessment. The clinical assessment is done by the following professionals.Vision-related assessment is done by the Opthomologist, and Optometrist.Hearing related assessment is done by the Audiologist-Speech Therapist.Intellectual related assessment is done by the Psychiatrist and Psychiatrist.In addition to the clinical assessment, the professionals who work with the child on daily basis does the functional assessment, to assess the functional abilities of the child. Based on functional and clinical assessment, the rehabilitation cum education plan is developed for each child.
1. Functional / Clinical Assessment Services:
Resource Center provides services for functional as well as clinical assessment. The clinical assessment is done by the following professionals.
Vision-related assessment is done by the Opthomologist, and Optometrist.Hearing related assessment is done by the Audiologist-Speech Therapist.
Intellectual related assessment is done by the Psychiatrist and Psychiatrist.
In addition to the clinical assessment, the professionals who work with the child on daily basis does the functional assessment, to assess the functional abilities of the child. Based on functional and clinical assessment, the rehabilitation cum education plan is developed for each child.
Physiotherapy Services: Physiotherapy Services is much required for children having cerebral palsy, and other muscular disorder. The children having physical disability often spend in one position, and a sedentary lifestyle can affect the weight and overall health of a disabled child. To improve lifestyle and physical condition of the disabled child, the early intervention provides physiotherapy services by a trained physiotherapist, a child will be able to stretch their body and strengthen muscles that are rarely if ever used. This will help them manage their weight, their overall health and help to give them more mobility and control of their body.
In addition to the clinical assessment, the professionals who work with the child on daily basis does the functional assessment, to assess the functional abilities of the child. Based on functional and clinical assessment, the rehabilitation cum education plan is developed for each child.
2. Physiotherapy Services: Physiotherapy Services is much required for children having cerebral palsy, and other muscular disorder. The children having physical disability often spend in one position, and a sedentary lifestyle can affect the weight and overall health of a disabled child. To improve lifestyle and physical condition of the disabled child, the early intervention provides physiotherapy services by a trained physiotherapist, a child will be able to stretch their body and strengthen muscles that are rarely if ever used. This will help them manage their weight, their overall health and help to give them more mobility and control of their body.
3. Speech Therapy Services: Language and Communication is very important for social life. Hence, parents always keen to hear the voice of his/her child. Parents also give due weight to speech development of the child. The children with cerebral palsy, speech and hearing impaired, and autistic have difficulties in communication. They require speech therapy to improve speech and communication. Resource Center provides speech therapy to the children without any charges. The professional speech therapist comes on a weekly basis, and conduct the session with each child. This would improve speech and communication of the child.
4. Formal and Informal Education: Resource Center is like playhouse or nursery for the children with disabilities. It should not look or feel like to children with disabilities that they are in medical settings. Hence, the design, outlay, and interiors of Resource Center is done in such way that the children with disabilities should feel like they are in a different environment, which makes them joyful, play and learn. Early intervention centre prepares children with disabilities for academics specific to their disabilities like braille, sign language. It also prepares them for independent life skills through Activity of Daily Living Skills.
5. Home-Based Services: Many times it would be difficult to bring a child to the early intervention services. There is the number of reasons for the same. Hence, the home-based approach is adopted for severely disabled children. The staff conduct home visit once in a week or fortnight in some cases and provide services at the doorstep. The parents are encouraged to practice the same with the child till next visit. The home visit of each child is done, this would help to understand home environment.
6. Parents Training/Meeting: The parents are the backbone of the early intervention centre. They need to be involved in the rehablitation cum education plan of the child. The parents need lots of support, counselling to understand their child’s condition. It is also found that the parents are also depressed, they need counselling and support. The early intervention centre plays a significant role to improve mental and emotional conditions of the parent. The Resource Center organizes training, meetings and counselling sessions for the parents regularly.
7. Information Center/Support Center
The resource centre will have key documents/forms for government schemes. The in-charge of resource centre will guide people with disabilities and parents to avail benefits of the government scheme. They will be also counselled for skill development, use of assistive devices, and self-employment.
 
 

Salient Features

  1. Improve the quality of life of children with disabilities.
  2. Enable Children with disabilities to live independent life.
  3. Best Quality Rehabilitation, therapeutic and life skill support services
 

About Blind People’s Association (India)

The organisation was founded by a blind activist, Late Jagdishbhai Patel.  It transformed from working for and with persons who have a visual impairment to all categories of disabilities, visual impairment, deaf-blind, hearing impairment, orthopaedic impairment as well as mental retardation, schizophrenia, Autism etc.  The BPA is well known for developing innovative and need-based all age groups of persons with disabilities, their parents and other stakeholders. BPA activities range from prevention of blindness,  education, professional and vocational training,  production and distribution of mobility, educational and rehabilitation and assistive devices, community-based rehabilitation and other developmental processes. It also mobilises resources, develops appropriate manpower, provides advisory services and indulges in advocacy.   The six decades-old Blind People’s Association is highly active, multi-campus, functional and progressive organisation. 

It has initiated and developed a variety of services on   promotion   of   education,   community-based rehabilitation and provision of support services to persons with disabilities. Now, The Blind People’s Association is one of the largest organization in the country working for comprehensive development of people with disabilities, located in Ahmedabad Gujarat with 15 centres spread out in the state.

The organisation was founded by a blind activist, Late Jagdishbhai Patel.  It transformed from working for and with persons who have a visual impairment to all categories of disabilities, visual impairment, deaf-blind, hearing impairment, orthopaedic impairment as well as mental retardation, schizophrenia, Autism etc.  The BPA is well known for developing innovative and need-based all age groups of persons with disabilities, their parents and other stakeholders. BPA activities range from prevention of blindness,  education, professional and vocational training,  production and distribution of mobility, educational and rehabilitation and assistive devices, community-based rehabilitation and other developmental processes. It also mobilises resources, develops appropriate manpower, provides advisory services and indulges in advocacy.   The six decades-old Blind People’s Association is highly active, multi-campus, functional and progressive organisation. 
It has initiated and developed a variety of services on   promotion   of   education,   community-based rehabilitation and provision of support services to persons with disabilities. Now, The Blind People’s Association is one of the largest organization in the country working for comprehensive development of people with disabilities, located in Ahmedabad Gujarat with 15 centres spread out in the state.

 

 
 

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