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Holistic approach for integrating persons with disabilities

Apr 01, 2013

Amar Jyoti Research and Rehabilitation Centre renders rehabilitative services to persons with disabilities in an endeavour to enable them to lead independent and inclusive lives, at par with their fellow citizens.

Persons with Disability

Amar Jyoti started its operations in 1981 by establishing a small school for educating children with and without disability in equal numbers.Today as a result of dedicated effort and persistence over three decades, Amar Jyoti has expanded its operations and set-up two holistic research and rehabilitation centres, one each in Delhi and Gwalior, aiming at complete educational, medical and vocational integration of persons with disabilities.

To realize its aim of integrating persons with and without disabilities, Amar Jyoti follows a holistic approach consisting of multifarious activities: inclusive education, healthcare, skill training, capacity building courses and enhancing employment opportunities. Amar Jyoti follows a phased manner of integration; children with disabilities are trained in separate sections and their progress is continuously monitored. Once a child has reached a certain level of training and is considered suitable for adapting with children without disabilities, he/she is transferred from the separate section to the regular section.

Amar Jyoti is also providing persons with disabilities with adequate infrastructural support, mobility aids and various therapies to reduce and treat their disability. At the same time, Amar Jyoti is engaging with other schools, parents, communities, public transport authorities, employment organizations and policy makers to create a barrier free and welcoming environment for disabled populace across the country.

Amar Jyoti has pioneered the concept of inclusive education in India and is empowering disabled students to live a fulfilling life by overcoming the day to day challenges that their disability confronts them with.The continuance of the centre over the last three decades and its expansion from a small set up to the current day institutional structure reflects the ability of Amar Jyoti to sustain itself through the years.

With the financial support of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and individual donors, the guidance of an experienced and committed set of leadership, the support of social workers, special educators, medical professionals, parents and communities, Amar Jyoti has rehabilitated over 40, 000 persons with disabilities.

Over the years, Amar Jyoti has won several recognitions for its dedicated service and commitment like the National Award for the use of innovative approaches for the rehabilitation of persons with disability, the PHD Chamber of Commerce Award for Social Welfare, U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Award for pioneering achievements in the promotion of barrier-free environments.

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