Disability is a big taboo in India and conditions are seldom timely identified. At Tamahar, we promote and provide timely diagnosis of disability in children and start scientific, tailor-made interventions to stimulate age appropriate development. The cost of these services comes to $141.20per month, but 70% of our beneficiaries come from lower economic background and cannot afford it.
1 or 2 out of 100 children in India have special needs. This comes to a whopping 12 million, and this figure does not consider undiagnosed cases, rare diseases, autism etc. - Very few centres cater to children with developmental delays, especially few for early intervention - Secluded therapies and services make logistics and holistic treatment difficult. There was not a single place for all services. -The focus is on mere survival of the child - personal development is mostly neglected.
Tamahar is already an established and acclaimed special needs centre in Bangalore, where all the core and auxiliary therapies are provided under the same roof. We take in children irrespective of the severity of his/her condition and do our best to help them get better. We do this using our own pedagogy, developed by bringing together best practices of early intervention and special education from across the globe, and works on developing the child physically, intellectually and emotionally
Inclusion, in India specially, is a chicken-egg situation. The community does not know how to include the disabled because they cant handle them. The disabled don't know how to behave because they were never included. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the disability in its infancy and control its impact before it grows. With timely intervention, the children with special needs grow up to handle the external world better and are more receptive/capable of inclusion.
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