Umang-Special School for Autistic and Slow Learning Children

 Autism is a complex developmental disability, which appears during the first 3 years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Umang is my brain child. The birth of Umang took place with a view to provide quality Education to Autistic and Slow Learners. 

About You

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Section 1: About You

First Name

Bhawana

Last Name

Kerkar

Country

India

Section 2: About Your Organization

Organization Name

Umang Charitable Trust

Organization Website

Organization Phone

+91 22 2860 0624

Organization Address

93/924 Siddhivinayak Co-op. Society, Off.New Link Road, Mahavir Nagar Kandivali (West), Mumbai 400 067

Organization Country

India

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Your idea

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Name Your Project

Umang-Special School for Autistic and Slow Learning Children

Country your work focuses on

India

Describe Your Idea

 Autism is a complex developmental disability, which appears during the first 3 years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Umang is my brain child. The birth of Umang took place with a view to provide quality Education to Autistic and Slow Learners. 

Innovation

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What makes your idea unique?

Relatively, there is more funding, awareness and facilities for the Mentally Challenged, Blind and Deaf and Dumb children in India. Till about a few years back, there was hardly any awareness about Autistics and Slow Learners. Even medical practitioners from cities were not able to diagnose ‘Autism’ accurately. Treatment and rehabilitation of these children is far more difficult to achieve.
Slow Learners: Technically children with an IQ between 70 and 90 are slow learners. They may or may not have an associated disability, like speech, perceptual or visual problems. Slow learners are often good at everything except academics, where they are often outpaced by their class or playgroup. They cannot be labeled as mentally retarded, nor can they cope up with normal schooling. Like the shades of colour, black and white, the children of yester year were termed as normal or mentally retarded. However, we forget that there are shades of grey in between.Similarly, there is a group of children who are neither normal nor retarded, i.e. “Slow Learners”.This grey area is today being neglected by society and does not receive the attention and help which is typically extended to groups like mentally retarded,spastics etc. ‘Slow Learner’ is a term used to describe the child whose learning ability in all areas is delayed in comparison with the children of the same chronological age. These children are characterized by the low, normal to borderline intelligence with corresponding slow academic progress. The slow learners are often in need of a modified curriculum and need more individual attention than their non-affected peers. My idea is to educate these children, bring them to normal and integrate them into the regular curriculum through which they can be educated.

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Impact

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What impact have you had?

Umang's efforts to help children with autism and slow learning disorders have had a positive impact for both the children and also their families in coping with these problems. It is fulfilling an increasing need for special schools for these differently-abled children, while increasing awareness of these disorders in the society in general. More than 100 such children are being given therapy and counselling at Umang, by qualified staff and well equipped facilities.

Problem

Need for low cost special schools to treat people affected by autism or having slow-learning problems.

Actions

1. Set up a facilities that would provide counselling, therapy and support to the affected groups.
2. Take on more children for treatment and rehabilitation.
3. Increase awareness of the problem by partnering with local government schools/institutions.
4. Explore different options to fund the project and create a sustainable business and operating plan for the intiative

Results

1. Create a low cost model to provide therapy to autistic and slow-learning children.
2. Create awareness about the problem in the society and encourage early detection and intervention for autism/slow-learning related disorders.
3. Replicate the model across Mumbai and rural areas of Maharashtra where such facilities are needed.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

I have applied for FCRA in 2008 and the registration process is still in progress.I will apply for funding from institutions abroad, once this process is completed. The expansion and sustainability plan would also depend on that. Currently, the funding from donations through individuals/friends or the local trusts and foundations are inadequate for fulfilling our project and hence plans are limited and are short to mid-term.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

1)Inadequate financial aid
2)Lack of support from government
3)Lack of awareness about autism/slow learners in society
4)Inadequate teaching staff

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$100 ‐ 1000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

In what country?

India

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

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What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1.Increase funding
2.Recruit/Train staff to provide therapy to people with autism/slow learning
3.Add more space in our facility

The Story

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What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

The honorary work which I do at B.M.C. school and Mobile Cretches’ made me
aware of the fact that Autism is found in any caste ,creed or financial status .The only difference between this and affording patients is that the parents coming from higher socio-economic status can do the needful as soon as the diagnosis of Autism is done. On the contrary problem of poor and needy children are horrible. Right from the treatment , visit to the peadiatric neurologist and the actual management at home are the unaware and unaffordable stages for these people. When I saw this all I thought of collecting funds for these children through the Trust. Right now through our Trust we are treating 90 children from Brihan Mumbai Corporation schools and it was possible only because of the trust.

The very important thing which I feel I must write is this project was started without thinking or gathering enough funds in the Trust account. I never thought about the money part.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

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How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

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