Veer Surendra Sai Institute for Mentally Handicapped (VSSIMH), a voluntary organization nurturing the mentally handicapped population in the state of Orissa, works with the disabled, especially those who are mentally challenged, affected by cerebral palsy, autism, and multiple disabilities. The organization was set up by a home-grown visionary Mr. Brajabandhu Sahoo who envisioned in the 1990s that one day conservative Indian society would accept people with different abilities; recognize their potential, and offer them opportunities to exhibit their talent across diverse sectors.
The services offered include:
Education and Vocational Training: The students are assessed for current level of functioning on various skill areas such as self-help, motor skills, functional reading, time, and money related cognitive skills. Numerous programs are conducted throughout the year with the objective to encourage children to showcase their talent and gather confidence while interacting with people from all walks of life. Vocational training is offered in a wide range of fields – computer learning, candle making, gardening, designing greeting cards, and fancy envelopes, enabling them to become self-reliant. Vocational trainees from out of town are accommodated in a hostel-cum-school.
Recreation: VSSIMH uses art and music to explain simple concepts of elementary education. Sports, yoga, study tour, leisure, and recreational equipment are also used as tools to deliver customized course curriculum to children. VSSIMH has an in-house ‘Play Care Unit’ to alter the abnormal behaviour of mentally challenged children to be able to become independent in self-help skills and better integrate with family and society.
Services for Autistic Children: 75% of children with autism are mentally challenged. They are provided with appropriate services under zero rejection. Special teachers take care of these children (below 8 years of age) at the Aspiration Day Care Centre.
Vocational Products: The beneficiaries of the vocational training programmes make several products which can be sold. Special Camps are arranged every year to sell these products in the local market.
Homebound Programme: The Institute has started this program to engage community based care givers, and to impart training to care for the mentally challenged, those with cerebral palsy and autistic children.
Income Rs3 lac
Expense Rs2 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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