Sangli Mission Society is working towards the empowerment and rehabilitation of the disabled through Institution Based Rehabilitation (IBR) and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in Southern Maharashtra, India. At present we are taking care of 1322 disabled people through its various programs. The number of disabled children is alarming in Maharashtra and the people and community are minimum aware of the importance of special education and public assistance is very poor.
We are trying to address the issue of disability especially intellectual disability of children in four districts of Southern Maharashtra, India; Kolhapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri & Sindhudurg. According to 2011 census in Maharashtra out of 29.63 lakhs disabled persons, 8.26lakhs (27.88%) are children. Intellectual disability is one of the disabilities highly prevalent in this area due to genetic,medical and social issues. The disabled people are backward economically & socially.
We run four special schools (two residential & two day schools) and a home for severely disabled bedridden children to cater to the needs of special children below 18 years of age. The children are provided with various services like education based on government syllabus, Activities of Daily Living Skills (ADLs), therapies, sports & games, recreation & leisure, feast & birthday celebrations, cultural programs, annual day gatherings, special vocational training and counselling of parents.
The project will educate 250 special children to improve their understanding/comprehension; to communicate his/her daily needs; to enable in doing daily activities understanding routine instructions; to remember things or to solve problems as compared to his/her own age group. It is a gradual process to enable the intellectually disabled children towards self-empowerment and acceptance in the community.