Intervention Services At A Special Needs School in India

Satya Special School was established in June 2003, in Pondicherry-India, to provide a safe and secure base for special children with a range of mental and physical disabilities. At the time there were little or no facilities for children with special needs who were often left at home, tied down, or abandoned altogether.

Satya’s ethos is to provide individualised care to each child, and providing training and support to their care-givers. Children are assessed according to their individual and psychological profiles and bespoke training and support provided relevant to their needs. Satya Special School has established training centres and schools , suitably equipped with bespoke disability facilities. Their personnel are highly motivated and skilled , managing a caring and responsive service under the leadership of Mrs Chitra Shah.

Lifelines have worked with us and sponsored two key projects:

1.Sponsorship Program: The most important aspect of the sponsorship programme is to PREVENT DROP OUTS from school and help children with the needed intervention services, so as to help them lead an independent life.

2. Satya Alternative Inclusive Centre for Education: To run an alternative Inclusive Educational Institution to impart necessary training and education to the children from disadvantaged & difficult circumstances.

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Impact of Lifelines' Support

  1. The Sponsorship program aimed has provided key intervention services, for as many as 15 rural kids who received physiotherapy and speech therapy for 12 months. The sponsorship not only helped us to prevent the children from dropping  out from system but also helped in improving their mobility 20 to 25 % and speech and communication by 40%. This ensured that the families started to appreciate the change and prevented the child from being abandoned institutions which was a norm.
  2. The AICE project aimed at providing education to 30 children from disadvantaged circumstances such as children of prisoners or commercial sex workers who have dropped out of school due to their circumstances. 5 of these children have completed 10th Standard through  the NIOS curriculum and have taken up jobs. Another 3 have joined community college for Skill Development Program ensuring Social Inclusion of an excluded population.