RAAY Foundation – Center for Special Needs (RF – CSN) is a state-of-the-art program that aims to serve disabled children and adults and their families. RF - CSN program comprises of service components, designed by a team of experienced Special Educators and Strategists, which will cater to very specific needs of the primary constituency including (but not limited to) – education, therapy and skills development. Our approach will be rights-based and we hope to eventually create a platform to advocate for and create awareness regarding the journeys of disabled children/adults and their families.

History and Experience

RAAY Foundation had partnered with Muskan Foundation and Wadia Hospitals to set up and run a centre for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. This centre delivered high quality services to over 200 children in a period of 3 years. Located in the prestigious Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, this centre housed the latest technology and facilities required for disabled children and their caregivers. The team consisted of highly experienced and articulate special educators, therapists and administrators. At the end of 3 years, RAAY Foundation team decided to move out of the Wadia Hospital premises and deploy this intervention on its own in a new location. This marked the establishment of RAAY Foundation Centre for Special Needs.

Objectives

  1. To help disabled children and adults achieve their goals as per their abilities and thereby gain independence.
  2. To create an enabling environment for caregivers of disabled children and adults.
  3. To build a platform for raising awareness and advocating for the rights of disabled children/adults and their families.

Vision

To see disabled children and adults included in mainstream society and social engagements; as an individual unit and respected for their individuality.

Mission

Our mission is to provide top quality and continued services to disabled children and adults and their caregivers; to empower caregivers and families by helping them cope and become informed regarding their children’s’ condition; to create awareness in general society regarding the rights of these children and the challenges faced by families with disabled children; and to pioneer advocacy efforts so as to address the policies related to disabled persons.

Primary Constituency

Children and adults with the following disabilities will be included in the project –

  1. Visually Impaired – VI
  2. Hearing Impaired - HI.
  3. Intellectual Impairment – II
  4. Learning Disability - LD
  5. Autism (Spectrum)
  6. DeafBlindness – DB
  7. Cerebral Palsy - CP
  8. Multiple disabilities (for example – VI+HI+II) - MD

Children/adults from all socio-economic backgrounds and their caregivers will be included under the project and will receive services.

Services Description

Mothers-Toddlers Group

This intervention will provide awareness to the caregivers and integrate them into the initiation of building their children’s abilities.

Early Intervention

This intervention will support the child in starting to function on her/his own, as per their abilities, without constant presence of caregivers.

Special Education

This intervention will ensure that children reach the optimum level of their inherent abilities and thereby achieve independence within the extent of their abilities.

Remedial Education

This intervention will provide curricular education inputs to children with learning disabilities, slow learners, children with mild impairments etc. and thereby help them achieve academic progress.

Therapy Services

Based on the needs of children with specific conditions, a team of Therapists will conduct an assessment; design and deliver a therapy package.

Pre-Vocational Training

This intervention will make disabled individuals employable through development of specialized skills that are aligned to their abilities and interests.

Caregivers Support Group

We will be facilitating the formation of a Caregivers’ Collective. This Collective will be led and owned by the caregivers. The Collective will decide on a plan of action for their growth and development which will be deployed by them with support from RAAY Foundation.

For More Information

RAAY Foundation Center for Special Needs
No. 39, Ground Floor, Kardar Compound,
Dr. S. S. Rao Road
Parel (East),
Mumbai-400012
Contact: Ms. Rajashri Barsing, Program Manager - 8657220230