Children
 India
Project #364

Early Intervention for Mentally Disabled Infants

by Samadhan
Vetted

Summary

Children younger than 5 years, with mental handicaps or at risk for developmental delay, are identified and assessed by professionals. Trained women from the target area provide intervention.
$3,562.00
total raised
22
donors
0
monthly donors
12
years

Challenge

Beneficiaries are poor families and their mentally handicapped offspring. As daily wage workers they forgo opportunities for their child’s development. Superstition leading to nonacceptance, discrimination and problems caused by poverty, denies the children timely intervention that prevents avoidable secondary handicaps. Women, particularly mothers of the disabled, need support to confront problems caused by poverty and its impact on the disability of their child.

Solution

Detection of mothers and children "at risk" for developmental delays; intervention for a target group of children; training of midwives, health workers, teachers of special education and other professionals in the target community.

Long-Term Impact

Direct intervention lessens impact of disability and prevents onset of secondary handicaps. Training women to become partners in our work provides an income which leads to greater self worth, improves their status and changes community perceptions.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.samadhanindia.org

Organization Information

Samadhan

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
Website: http:/​/​www.samadhanindia.org
Project Leader:
Padma Rama Rao
Senior Coordinator, Dwarka Center
New Delhi, India

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