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Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers of The Association of People with Disability (APD).
We are glad to submit to you the quarterly report of our Education Program for Children with Disability.
I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support to The Association of People with Disability (APD). Your kind support has given shape to the lives of many Children with Disability. They cannot pay you back. They will pay it forward through their lives.
Shradhanjali Integrated School (SIS) : One of our main program SIS founded in 1973, is a recognized primary school up to Class VII under the SSLC Board, with a capacity to educate 200 children. SIS focuses on activity-oriented learning, promoting sports, arts and crafts to ensure all-round development. As most students at SIS are children with disability from under privileged background, facilities like mid-day meals, books, uniforms, healthcare, rehabilitation, transportation and adapted learning techniques supplement their academic inputs.
The Association of People with Disability (APD) - www.apd-india.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 and based in Karnataka. We reach out and rehabilitate under privileged people with disabilities. APD’s aim is to create a inclusive society, where people with disabilities are accepted into the mainstream economy and social life. We achieve this through our three pillar programs i.e., Early Intervention, Education and Livelihood (therapy and mobility aids are integrated into these programs). APD is also a recognised Training Institute in the field of Disability by the Rehabilitation Council of India and offers programs for caregivers and on rehabilitation therapy for various stakeholders.
APD is registered under the societies act and employs over 250 employees, has a Professional Governing Board and manages an annual budget of Rs. 15 crores. In the past 56 years, cumulatively, our service has reached more than 5 lakh people with disability through our various programs. We are currently providing services to over 30,000 people with disability on an annual basis. This reach is a drop in the ocean considering there are over fifty million people with disability in India and one million in Karnataka state as per conservative estimates. The need is huge and our resources limited.
Some of the major activities in Shradhanjali Integrated School during the last three months are given below for your kind information.
The results for the academic year 2015-16 were announced on 11th April and the school closed for the summer vacation. 21 students passed VII Std and were admitted to mainstream schools for the further studies. 17 students attended the summer camp at the Government Nandi School at Chikballapur near Bangalore conducted by APD.
Although the school was closed in May for the children, there were plenty of activities that happened. On 23rd and 24th May, Dr. Gunavathi Fernandis spent two days at SIS to assess the screening process for the admission and redesigned the assessment format. She did an orientation programme for this and also facilitated a session on behavior, language development and class management for all the teachers. On 23rd May, 20 staff participated in a programme to discuss how SIS can be made a Centre of Excellence. They, along with the Principal, Executive Director - Operations, Director - HR, Deputy Director - Administration, Assistant Director- Education discussed about current teaching practices as well as areas of improvement required.
TATA Edge conducted a workshop for the teachers on lesson planning, usage of multimedia and worksheets on May 25th 2016. On 28th May, Mrs. Nagaveni attended a symposium on Indian Sign Language at Resilient Minds, Rehabilitation Centre on Conversations in Indian Sign Language/ Signed English, Fun with Calligraphy, Role plays, emotions and adept expressions.
During the month, Surveys, 78 assessments and the Admission process began. We had 52 new admission making the total strength up to 208
The school re-opened on 01st June and the admission process was completed by 15th June. There were 52 new admissions taking the total strength up to 208 children. Uniforms and textbooks were distributed to the students. The teachers had divided the students (classes I to VII) into various groups based on the ability of the students to enable group learning. Individualized Education Plans are the process of being prepared to make the learning process easy for the children. This process involves teachers, parents, school counselor, and the Principal. A Transport meeting was organized on 9th June for the parents to clarify the routes and any other issues related to the transportation department. On 16th and 17th June, a Developmental therapy meeting was organized and the parents had an exposure visit to the Spastic Society.
On 29th and 30th June,an Introductory Programme on Speech and Hearing Impairment and Cerebral Palsy was held. Parents were explained the importance of aids and appliances, use of sign language and the need for and importance of physiotherapy and speech therapy. Speech and Hearing Impaired students have started using the AVAZ software for the improvement of language and communication.
Apart from this, various extracurricular activities were organized like environment day (By discovery Channel), Talents Day, International Day against Drug Abuse etc. Four children have undergone surgery which has brought in change in their posture and gait. Work has already started on a Sensory Park in the premises.
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