Jun 19, 2017

2 April World Autism Awareness Day and April Autism Awareness Month was celebrated by AFA

The United Nations on 19 November 2007 declared 2nd April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).This is a historical marker for the autism community all over the world.The month April is considered as Autism Awareness Month which is a time to educate the community and promote inclusion about autism spectrum conditions.

Action for Autism had organised events on the day of WAAD as well as throught the month of April for spreading inclusion, awareness and acceptance .Autism Awareness Jamboree was celebrated by Action for Autism(AFA) at the Amphitheatre of India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.Major attraction of the event was inclusive Art Carnival where fourteen schools from National Capital Region participated and won prozes.

Another awareness raising event was jointly organised with National Trust, Ministry of Sicial Justice and Empowerment where persons wearing costumes of popular cartoon characters distributed flyers on autism in front of prominent monuments like Qutab Minar , Red Fort,Safdarjung Tomb and Humayun's Tomb of Delhi on 1st and 2nd April.Among these monuments Qutab Minar and Red Fort were lit in blue lights as part of the world wide campaign Light It Up Blue.

Celebrate Diversity:Celebrate Autism the Annual Day of our Open Door Special School was organised on 9 April.Each and every student with autism went on stage and performed in skits and play.

 An important event on the occasion of Autism Awareness Month was Views From Planet Autism 2017, an unique exebition that exclusively featured paintainings by people on the autism spectrum.Artists form all over the country participated in the show. Some artists were present on the day of inauguration and interacted with the visitors to the exebition.The exebition was organised at the Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre from 25th to 27th April.

Coming back to Ananda, the programme Pilot Stay by Adults with Autism is continuing.Adults are enjoying their over night stay at Ananda:The Residence cum Rehabilitation project at Gurgaon.They are learning skills of independent living.

Computer Learning Programme for village children is also going on.Children are investing their time and energy on learning this new skill.

On the construction part,we made progress in construction of our first cottage at Ananda.The structure is complete and break work is going on.

We have also successfully installed solar panels for lighing up the outer area of the buildings and these are working well.

Mar 23, 2017

Pilot program of overnight stay at Group Home

"Every time I stayed at Ananda I leatrnt something new! it was such an amazing experience!" explains Nitin Bhushan.Nitin also said "I played football with my friend Prashanth and Rohan.I played football may be after twenty years! I also played carom board in the evening.All these made my stay a memorable one.I learnt to take responsibility of doing chores,preparing tea (everybody loved morning tea prepared by me!), cutting vegetables, washing utensils etc.This is the first time I stayed without my parents and sibling.But the experience of overnight stay made me more confident and independent!" 

Nitin Bhushan an adult with autism shared his experience of overnight stay at Ananda:The Group Home for Persons with Autism.

The setup of a living unit at Ananda: The Group Home with furniture and other necessary items wouldn't have been possible with out our donors' valuable contribution.Big thanks to all our donors.

Presently we are running a pilot programme of overnight stay at Ananda:The Group Home.Special educators and persons with autism stayed overnight at Group Home.This overnight stay has been done for four times.

We have also started community services for the villagers around Ananda location:

Free computer ecucation classes are being conducted for the village children where 52 children are getting benefit of computer education

A free medical camp was organised for the villagers in partnership with SGT Medoical College Hospital and Research Institute where 200 villagers received the benefit of free consultation and  free medicine.

Other progresses of Group Home are:

Landscaping and plantation drive in the outer area .

Receiving of completion certificate for phase I from Government.

Mar 23, 2017

Pilot run at group home for persons with autism

Lunch break
Lunch break

Big thank you to keep us on road towards progress. We fitted out a part of second floor to have a pilot residence. We now have a pilot run with a small group of potential residents. Nitin (in yellow T shirt) is the most enthused and eager menber of the group, as you can notice from the pictures.

Nitin and his fellow  'eager beavers'  stirred up tea, washed dishes, played carrom and most importantly had lots of fun. The pilot section of the residence  has functional kitchen, washrooms, furnished bed rooms, dining space. AFA (Action for Autism) team has already done few night stays already to see that things were suitable for the pilot group. 

The place already has power connection, lighting, backup generator and water supply. This allows Nitin, Prashaine ( grey shirt) and other residents a safe and comfortable stay.The pilot runs will continue over summer while work progresses on cottage. We plan to be operational in few months depending on funds.

Inclusiveness is at core of our values and community plays a role here.In the vocational building we have started computer classes (  microproject -Computer Class  ) for the village kids like Khushboo to enable digital literacy. This follows succeful health camp done earlier for villagers. 

We will be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April), and in following week AFA is participating in GlobalGiving's little by little campaign. GlobalGiving has planned this to encourage AFA's patrons to provide regular monthly support, GlobalGiving will be matching 200% of the first donation for new recurring donations. We look forward to your continued support and please do take advantage of the new campaign. 

Many thanks again for your support and sharing the cause.

[On behalf of Action for Autism]

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We the people eager (beavers) to check new place
We the people eager (beavers) to check new place
Having fun is Nitin's idea of the day
Having fun is Nitin's idea of the day
Khushboo from village is happy at computer class
Khushboo from village is happy at computer class
Who gets the queen today - Prashant or Nitin?
Who gets the queen today - Prashant or Nitin?
Health camp
Health camp
 
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