Raay Foundation’s flagship initiative in collaboration with Muskan and Wadia Children’s Hospital, is the establishment of an Early Intervention Centre to treat children who are born with multiple disabilities and vision impairment. The B.J.W.H.C’s Raay Foundation Centre for Children with Multiple Disabilities marks an important breakthrough in service provision for children with MDVI.
The best age to provide intervention to these children is 0-2 years, as this is the time the brain has the ability to change and adapt the most.With the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in India,Wadia Children’s Hospital provides the perfect location for families to access these specialist services to help their child reach their full potential in life.
MDVI children require specialized education and training to learn basic life skills and communication techniques. They also require a variety of services, to assist in their growth and development.“The major focus of our work will involve assessment by the multidisciplinary team and then one-to-one training and therapy by professionals” says Dipti Gandhi, Director, Muskan Foundation.
Professionals in the centre will include a Low Vision Consultant, a Speech Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a Physiotherapist, a Counsellor and a Special Educator who will assess the correct guidance to the parents for the services that the child should avail of.
This centre will target the age group of 0-6 years, and parents/family members will work together with professionals to develop a program that meets the specific needs of the child and family.
Provision for family counseling and regular needs based training support to the educators, are also an integral part of the program. Services will be rendered to all sections of society, especially those belonging to financially constrained and lower income groups, who otherwise would not avail of these services