Initiated in 2011, this project part supports the provision of quality education and treatment based on the individual needs of 125 beneficiaries with disability enrolled at ADAPT and remedial services to beneficiaries with disability admitted in mainstream schools in a supportive environment so that they can realize their full potential.
The project also includes activities to encourage parents to educate their children with disabilities to motivate their children to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and addresses existing attitudes and prejudices towards persons with disabilities. This is done through the various activities undertaken at ADAPT. Our focus is on non – traditional forms of providing distant support in all areas, a crying need, particularly in these times of the pandemic that does not allow more traditional forms of physical services.
One of our biggest concerns has been the disruption of therapy and education services. Dr. Alur has adopted the format of Tele health which has now emerged as a key vehicle for delivery of services and this is the principle to continue providing services during the pandemic as well as post Covid. She has networked with professionals such as doctors, therapists, psychologists and counsellors, social workers orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists and paediatricians so as to be able to provide to the beneficiaries’ holistic services of therapy, counselling, education, home management as well as training and capacity building. These sessions are conducted individually and in groups on zoom; on video chats, WhatsApp video calls; or ordinary phone calls where smart phones / tablets are not available.
Children with Disabilities (Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment and Autism) at the ADAPT centres are receiving online benefits of education, training, assessment, therapy, skills development, art and craft, music, yoga and sports, psychological counselling, parents’ sensitization and empowerment and on their return will from the Mothers Kitchen be provided nutritious meals through the day.
Videos on seating, carrying, feeding, posture, self – help skills, building language and communications have been created and uploaded, helping not just the parents of our beneficiaries but others in the country. This will enable our services to reach out to a larger number of beneficiaries who were out of the purview of education and therapy due to various reasons.
For those beneficiaries and stakeholders who do not have the smart phones or tablets needed to maximise the benefits of tele teaching and teletherapy, it is our continuing endeavour to try and procure these for them. Initiatives have been started by our volunteers and we are grateful for their support. Online courses are being developed for parents, psychologists, social workers, regular teachers, special educators as well as B.Ed. students.
The activities reported under all the centres in the Annual Report are partly supported by HPCL.