Association for the Mentally Challenged, The (AMC) was established to help the mentally challenged children. AMC gets consultative assistance from NIMHANS. Currently the Association supports over 151 mentally challenged children, adolescents and adults with the aim to educate, train and rehabilitate them.
Akruti Special School: In FY14, 56 children between 6 and 16 years were provided special education in the form of life skills development. This program is partly funded by the State Government. Individual child sponsorship was announced and AMC got donations from GiveIndia and HHH-USA.
Pragati is a multi-category vocational training center. In FY14, 44 trainees were taught skills such as candle making, making paper products, weaving, gardening and carpentry. Indigenously made products are sold and the trainees are paid a stipend.
Sanskriti Sheltered Workshop offers employment to adults. During the year 26 employees were engaged in making paper bags, cloth bags, candles, gift boxes. All adults at the sheltered workshop earned Rs50 to Rs2,200 per month. The vocational training and the production provided through the sheltered workshop enabled AMC to sell products at various companies.
Samruddhi provides mentoring and self-help to the families of the mentally challenged. Dr. R. Srinivasa Murthy who conceived and implemented this program, rendered his services on a continuous basis. Over 50 parents were interviewed by AMC’s special teachers.
Day Care Centre had 25 adults suffering from a severe degree of mental retardation. They are cared for and kept occupied in simple activities like yarn winding, cutting, newspapers, watering plants etc.
Guidance and Counselling Clinic: A team from NIMHANS runs the clinic which trains the parents in behavioural management and other issues faced by the children and adults.
Income Rs79 lac
Expense Rs69 lac
Source : Audit Report 2014
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