Name: Able Disabled All People Together (ADAPT)
Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability
States: MaharashtraKnow More
ADAPT (formerly known as The Spastics Society of India) is best known for its inclusive education programme which shows that given the right opportunity, children with or without disabilities can learn together. ADAPT was formed to address the lack of services and knowledge about multiple disabilities in general and cerebral palsy in particular. ADAPT's special school known as 'National Resource Centre for Inclusive Education' was set up to provide a holistic approach to education, treatment, support and care for children with multiple disabilities. The services include assessments, infant stimulation, home support, therapy and special education.
Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with ADAPT since 2010 to support six Inclusive Anganwadis in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai. This caters to children between the ages of 3-6 years where they are given play school facilities along with supplementary nutrition to help them get mainstreamed faster. School teachers are trained on how to handle children with special needs and parents are counselled on sending them regularly to school. Parents / guardians are assisted in keeping handy all documents like disability certificates and ensure regular checkups of their children. Assistive appliances are also provided to needy children with disability. The project has been used as a platform by the government to absorb the best practices of this model into their ICDS run anganwadis.
Inclusive Education Hub centres each at Dharavi and Pelhar- a rural setting have been set up as outreach centres to demonstrate the model of community resource centre and to operationalise the tenets of Right to Education by making the communities aware of the importance of education.