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Institution Based Rehabilitation (IBR)

Education:

 

SRMAB offers special education to children with visual impairment, with free lodging, boarding & medical care facilities from pre-school to X class in English medium. The curriculum is at par with mainstream schools.

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Human Resource Development:

The Academy offers Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) recognized courses including a diploma in special education for visual impairment, bridge courses, and Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) courses. IGNOU University distant learning model in visually disability is also available.

The team reaches many more thousands of children with disabilities through the delivery of training to government teachers under the UNDP and DPEP schemes.

TRDC acts as the administrative centre for the CBR Tharabethi courses. SRMAB’s community based rehabilitation experience in the rural areas make it ideally placed to deliver courses that attract CBR workers and managers from all over India and overseas. The courses include extensive fieldwork in the villages, working in real situation and putting theory training quickly into practice to consolidate leaning.

 

Vocational Training:

An innovative approach in the late 70’s towards empowerment was an idea conceived - Vocational training or skill development along with education. This approach instills and builds up confidence in a person with vision impairment, to gain skills and be independent while being productive. With this idea, the academy started sustainable training and production activities in

  1. Manufacturing packaging and allied products. 
  2. Dairy farming 
  3. Horticulture, with an extensive Agro based training in its rural branch, TRDC.

Packaging and allied products and horticulture has tied up with many businesses, who procure our products. The trainees, on completion of the training program, are assisted to suitable employment or self employment opportunities.Read our brochure on horticulture

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Plus curricular activities:

Special children learn classical music, classical dance  (bharathanatyam), yoga,  playing musical instruments, etc., which are taught by renowned artists in the respective field. The children have excelled and they regularly give stage performances, both within India and abroad.

Dance: Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form originating from Tamil Nadu , a state in Southern India. This popular Tamil dance form called Bharatanatyam is a 20th century reconstruction of Cathir, the art of temple dancers. Cathir in turn, is derived from ancient dance forms. The word Bharata, some believe, signifies the author of the famous Sanskrit treatise on stagecraft, called NatyaShastra, and the word Bharatanatyam is sometimes given a folk etymology as follows: Bha for Bhava or abhinaya and expression, Ra for raga or melody, and Ta for tala or rhythm.

Dance and music as part of extra curricular activity was introduced in the year 1973. In the year 1982 we started teaching dances in classical style by touch and feel method for the first time to the composition of Bhagawan Ramana to the students of the Academy.

From the year 1983 to date our students have toured and performed in about 2000 shows in India and have toured UK, US & Italy.

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Physical education, games and sports are also a part of the curriculum. Regular representation has won many a laurels in the state, national and international levels.

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Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

The aim of CBR is to help people with disabilities, by establishing community-based programs for social integration, equalization of opportunities, and rehabilitation programs for the differently abled. The strength of CBR programs is that they can be made available in rural areas with limited infrastructure, as program leadership is not restricted to professionals in healthcare, education, vocational or social services. Rather, CBR programs involve the people with disabilities themselves, their families and communities, as well as appropriate professionals.

Vision statement: Each differently-abled person and people from vulnerable groups can claim their right to self-respect and dignity.

Community based rehabilitation (CBR) programs in semi-urban and rural areas in Karnataka reaches out to 7 districts, and working with 16,000 people in about 1,800 villages.
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Objectives:

·         To improve functional abilities and avoid secondary deformities.

·         To ensure every child and young adult with disability has access to mainstream education.

·         To support persons with disabilities and their family members to ensure economic well-being  and an improved quality of life.

·         To increase level of community awareness about basic human rights and disability issues.

·         To ensure inclusion and recognition of disabled people in mainstream community, private sector and government agencies.

Activities:

Health and Medical Rehabilitation

·         Organizing health camps for identification and assessment of differently-abled persons.

·         Health care follow-up in the form of referrals for medical and surgical interventions and  provisions of aids and assistive devices.

·         Home visits by social workers providing information to parents and care givers on available  facilities.

·         Therapy services for differently-abled persons.

Education Rehabilitation

·         Pre-school and supplementary education, NFE (Non formal Education) to special children and  promotion of integrated and inclusive education.

·         Special home-based education for persons with severe disabilities.

·         Providing educational kits and appliances to spread awareness and encourage children to go  to mainstream school.

·         Organizing co-curricular activities and sports meet for the special children.

Social Rehabilitation

·         Organizing village meetings, enactment of street plays in spreading community awareness  on health, education and various issues pertaining to rehabilitation of the differently-abled.

·         Creation of awareness through wall writing programs, performance of cultural activities by  the differently-abled persons.

·         Spreading awareness on disability to the community leaders, volunteers, and other members  of the society. 

Empowerment and Economic Rehabilitation

·         Providing village-based vocational training for differently abled persons and their families in  various trades like tailoring, carpentry, village market, blacksmith, cycle repair etc., using  locally available infrastructures and materials.

·         Economic rehabilitation through schemes for provision of loans to set up home-based and  self-employment units.

Livelihood Rehabilitation

·         Social mobilization, attitudinal change and empowerment of local disabled people and  community to run CBR programs in the long run.

·         Formation and empowerment of self help groups (SHGs), Parent’s association, volunteer  groups and village development council to manage CBR programs.

·         Short-term training and exposure to various levels of CBR personnel.

·         Regular Operational Research in the field of CBR and its advancements. 

Thirumurthy Rural Development Centre (TRDC)

Thirumurthy Rural Development Center is a unit of SRMAB, which was initiated in the year 1985 to provide services to adult persons with visual impairment, speech and hearing impairment, and orthopeadic impairment. TRDC also provides functional education and rehabilitation to persons who are mentally challenged. The center provides a two-year agro-based training program.

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The Agro-Based training includes both theoretical and practical aspects in field of beekeeping, sericulture, poultry, fishery, agriculture and dairy farming. During the first year, trainees undergo training in all the courses depending upon the efficiency and interest of the trainee. After completion and specialization, the trainees are assisted to employment or self employment opportunities.

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Special school provides education to speech and hearing impaired students and functional literacy to those who are mentally challenged and have multiple disabilities. They are then integrated in normal mainstream schools at their hometowns at a later stage, with appropriate support system and followup.