Ritham Charitable Trust runs the Ritham Special School (RSS) for Mentally Challenged Children, which was founded by Mr. P. S. Kathiresan along with his son Mr. K. Venkataramanan. Motivating the children to be independent and educating them to be able to earn a livelihood and lead a life of dignity is the primary objective of the School. Started in 2004 at Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu with only four children, the School has stepped into its twelfth year with around 64 children.
The Trust provides free transport, medical help and education to these underprivileged children to come to RSS. Offering rehabilitation and medical facilities, creating awareness about measures to prevent disability, providing vocational training and counselling to parents, are also the objectives of the Trust.
Their activities include:
Special Education: Practical education aiming at maximum personal, social and occupational competency is provided to the Special children. Children with CP, a non-progressive neurological physical disability, Mental Retardation (MR) and with multiple disabilities are admitted to the School. The students are assessed individually and syllabus is fixed accordingly. The improvements and future needs are evaluated quarterly. Vocational training is also provided to the children.
Special Education to Infants: Movement and play experiences provide the foundation for the development of movement, sensory, language, cognitive and social skills for infants and young children. These experiences are compromised for children with physical and other development delays. Early intervention of infants in the age group of 0-6 years enables educating and training them early as the brain is in formative stage.
Physiotherapy: Children who are mentally challenged face problems in movement and balancing. Physiotherapy is used to decrease the stiffness, improve the muscle strength and stimulate the floppy muscles. NDT (Neuro Development Therapy) Technique is used.
Speech Therapy: Speech Therapy is given to the School students on a fortnightly basis.
Medicine services: Most of the students at the School are either mentally challenged or suffer from Cerebral Palsy (CP) and are taking anti-epileptic drugs, which add to the financial burden of the poor parents. The Trust thus distributes free medicines to such students throughout the year.
Income Rs27 lac
Expense Rs24 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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