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Community Day Care centres

There is a gross mismatch between the need and actual services being provided to the children with disabilities and it has been seen that more than 90% are not receiving any help and some of the reasons for this are:

i. Mobility problem of children with disabilities.

ii. Lack of trained professionals working in the community.

iii. Poor medical care for at risk mothers and babies.

iv. Lack of awareness about disability at early stage.

v. Available rehabilitation services are unaffordable.

vi. Unawareness about the concessions and benefits being given by the government.

vii. Difficulty in commuting with the disabled child.

In Chandigarh also it was observed that there are no facilities in the periphery and large number of children with disability were not receiving any education. In order to reach out to these children the Umeed society decided to start community day care centres by utilizing the community resources. It was decided that the community will provided the space and the manpower will be provided by the Umeed society by identifying and training persons from the same locality so that the staff knows the families and can interact with them even outside the regular school timings. With these objectives mind, Umeed society established Day Care Centres at :

a. Kajheri where 17 mentally challenged are enrolled.

b. Khudda Lahora 15 mentally challenged are enrolled.

At both the centres the mentally challenged children are being imparted special education by a trained special educators/care givers along with back up services from the GIMRC which includes Medical care, Speech therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Psychological testing, & counseling. The social worker and the CBRW workers help in identifying at risk mothers and children with developmental disorders, they also help in facilitation of disability certificates, Photo identity card, Railway concession, disability pension etc.


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