Action for Autism (AFA) was started to provide support and services to persons with autism and their families, and to create an environment in India in which people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are able to grow to their full potential.
The AFA National Centre was established in 2004 to expand these services. As with many disability organizations, AFA was started by parents searching for answers to handle their child's difficult behavior, as information on autism was hard to come by.
Some of the activities at AFA are:
Assessments: Action for Autism (AFA) conducts different types of assessments based on the requirement of the family of the individual with autism. The NGO team provides Screening and Diagnostic Assessments, Functional Skills Assessments, and Occupational and Sensory Assessments.
Education Programs: In connection with autism, education is defined broadly and looked at as holistic and complete learning. It aims at maximizing the potential of an individual over a life span. The Educational Programs offered at AFA are the Open Door Day Program, the Aakaar Early Intervention Program, the Parent Child Training Program, Individualized Educational Intervention, and the Individualized Program for Outstation Families.
Trainings: AFA offers extensive practical hands-on training through full-length courses such as the Diploma in Special Education (ASD) as well as Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) courses recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). Successful candidates who complete full length Teacher Training Programs receive placements in leading regular schools and special needs organizations.
Awareness Raising: AFA has undertaken various projects to promote awareness and understanding about autism among parents and professionals as well as general public. From 1998 to 2001, and again from 2006 to 2008, the NGO has carried out a project for pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists in order to sensitize them to the symptoms of autism.
Autism is a lifelong neurological condition, a developmental disorder that typically occurs in the first three years of life. It manifests as differences in development in three main areas: communication (verbal and non-verbal), social interactions, and imagination, which can be seen in repetitive and restricted play or leisure activities.
Income Rs2 cr
Expense Rs2 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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