Jan 27, 2017

Education report of Children with Disability

Sensory Park Article in news media
Sensory Park Article in news media

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. 18 crores. In the past 57 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.  
 

I. Secret Santa :  APD organised an  event for 300 children with disability and their parents with the help of Corporate Northern Trust. All the children dressed well and participated in the events . Chocklates , cakes and gifts were distributed by volunteers dressed as Santa. It was a Fun filled  day for children as they performed dance, drama and play related to Christmas

  1. Training programs was organized by TATA Edge coordinator for all  the teachers on lesson planning, usage of multimedia and worksheets.
  2. To Improve the education quality  , Symposium on Indian Sign Language was organized to acquire knowledge in Conversations in Indian Sign Language/ Signed English, Fun with Calligraphy, Role plays Title –emotions, adept expressions.
  3. Training programs was organized by TATA Edge coordinator for the teachers on lesson planning, usage of multimedia and worksheets.

II. Communication project for the severe CP children:   AVAZ software is being used for the improvement of language and communication.

III. Health and welfare of the students:

  • Physio therapy – 125 children
  • Speech therapy-  70  students
  • 27 Aids and appliances provided  to and  11   wheel chair
  • Surgery   for  4 children
  • Supplement and mid day meal – 79

IV. Sensory Park :   APD inaugurated the Sensory Park at its main campus in Lingarajapuram, Bengaluru, with support from Cognizant Foundation, to help effective learning among children with disability. Subhadip Sarkar - Senior Director from Cognizant along with his colleagues, Deepak - Director, and Sankarasubramanian - Associate Director inaugurated the park on 16th September.

 The sensory park at APD enables children with disability, including those with hearing, speech and mobility impairments and mild cerebral palsy; to stimulate sensory experiences that in turn have a positive impact on their learning levels. The sensory park has different sections created for children to touch, feel, see and experience, through sensory stimulation.

 MAINSTREAM EDUCATION / DISTRICT EDUCATION

While the PWD Act 1995 and the Right to Education Act (RTE) reinforce APD’s approach to promotion of inclusive education for socio-economically challenged children with disability (CWDs). There is clearly a crying need to identify children with disability from marginalized backgrounds, ensure they enroll and are retained in mainstream schools in an inclusive, disabled-friendly environment. 

APD has been working in the districts of Bengaluru Urban, Chikkaballapur, Davangere and Bijapur for the last five years has been providing mainstream education and rehabilitation support to over 1500 children with locomotor disability, cerebral palsy and speech & hearing impairment. Also the program is supporting to promote primary education for children with hearing impairment through 5 partners in Bagalkote, Haveri, Davanagere & Bijapur and supporting 1000 children with speech & hearing impairment.

APD is working towards the development of 50 model schools in Bangalore, Davangere & Vijayapura District over next 4 years period. APD intends to partner   with the selected Schools (Government/Aided) in 2015-2018 with an aim of converting them into model schools. Presently we identified such 25 model schools ( Bengaluru -10, Davanagere-10 & Bijapur-5) and enrolled  over 325 CWDs and working towards creating  disabled friendly schools for the overall development of CWDs in rural areas.

We need your help to spread the word! Please share this opportunity with your friends and contacts, especially those who are USA tax payers . Post a link to our project page on your Facebook page asking your friends to donate . For further details please feel free to write to me  shanigar@apd-india.org  or call me on  *Mob: +91- 9972450655*

Our sincere thanks to all our donors for their kind donations and love.  We shall submit to you more news in the next report.

Therapy session
Therapy session
A child with Global delay developmen disability
A child with Global delay developmen disability
SIS Student walking knee surgery for both legs
SIS Student walking knee surgery for both legs
Cheif guest from Cognizant inaugurating park
Cheif guest from Cognizant inaugurating park

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Oct 30, 2016

Educatin report of children with disability


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. 18 crores. In the past 57 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.  

1  Group teaching : Grouping of children for classes Nursery  and Preparatory .

The students were grouped into five with each teacher in charge for intense learning activity.

2  Effective teaching methodology : Teachers to attend various training/workshop.

The teachers were instructed for the alternatives of home work. Workshop on English Language for the Middle School English teachers on Developing Vocabulary: focusing on the usage of Dictionaries was organized by Azim Premji University  on 2nd July 2016. Mrs. Catherine and Sheela K have attended the training.

 3  Technology in teaching : Train teachers and students on usage of the AVAZ software and Dolphio learning kit.

In addtition to avaz the dolphio education kit is being used by the teachers to develop the language in the students.

 4    Continuous and comprehensive evaluation  was conducted for the students for assessing the level  of learning during the month of  August and September. 

5     Treatment /therapy/counseling/surgery : Medical camps and audiology test were orgnised. General checkup and dental checkup for 142 children  was organized. Audiology test being done for 45 students

 6    Parent Capacity Building :23 parents of hearing impaired children underwent training for two day on 23rd and 24th August. The topics covered were - How to develop attention and communication in HI students, sign language classes, importance of total communication.

School was closed in the month of October  due to Dassera vacations
 
We need your help to spread the word! Please share this opportunity with your friends and contacts, especially those who are USA tax payers . Post a link to our project page on your Facebook page asking your friends to donate . For further details please feel free to write to me  shanigar@apd-india.org  or call me on  *Mob: +91- 9972450655*

Our sincere thanks to all our Donors for their kind donations and love.  We shall submit to you more news in the next report.

Jul 28, 2016

Quarterly report of eduction of disabled children

Digi class of SIS.JPG
Digi class of SIS.JPG

 

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.  

April 2016

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.

May  2016

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 
 
June  2016

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.

We need your help to spread the word! Please share this opportunity with your friends and contacts, especially those who are USA tax payers . Post a link to our project page on your Facebook page asking your friends to donate . For further details please feel free to write to me  shanigar@apd-india.org  or call me on  *Mob: +91- 9972450655*

Our sincere thanks to all our Donors for their kind donations and love.  We shall submit to you more news in the next report.

SIS children
SIS children
SIS child getting therapy and  mobility aids.JPG
SIS child getting therapy and mobility aids.JPG
Extracurricular activities by volunteers.JPG
Extracurricular activities by volunteers.JPG

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