Action For Autism (AFA) will set up group homes called Ananda for persons with autism spectrum conditions & developmental disabilities (ASC&DD). The homes will also provide respite services for families who require short stay provision for their children during times of crises. Located in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), this model project will provide supported living and employment opportunities to enable about 200 individuals with ASC&DD lead lives of dignity and security.
There are an estimated 20 million persons with autism in India. All such individuals learn and progress significantly. But most, regardless of their intellectual ability, require lifelong support. Very few, if any, support services are available when families are in crisis or when parents die. Services provided by the state are minimal. Many individuals with ASC&DD lead devalued lives in soulless institutions or end up on the streets.
Action for Autism will set up group homes for short and long stay for persons with ASC&DD. Residents will receive education & training and be engaged on campus, in the surrounding community, and further afield in vocational work and open employment based on their interests & abilities. They will be assisted by trained support staff to participate in and contribute to the community, and lead independent and meaningful lives in small secure family-like environments that can be their homes for life
The project will pioneer best practices for group homes in India. It will empower persons with ASC&DD for independent living and work in the community. It will give respite to their families thereby improving their quality of life, sensitize the wider community, and serve as a model for replication. The project will thus touch many more lives and impact a far larger number of people through a cascading effect.