Rehabilitation for Disabled Children in India

With over 2.04 million children registered with a disability in India there is a huge shortage of support for children that need extra support. Our local community school is totally focused on providing care and specialised education to children that need extra support. This project is filling a gap in support for disabled children located in South India.

Our special needs school is working hard to assist children with physical disabilities and one aspect of specialist care needed for these children is physiotherapy. By providing professional physiotherapy sessions it helps to increase muscle function and mobility. A disability can seriously impact one’s life which is why no child should lack access to proper therapy which is why this project is so important and part of this project funds local physiotherapists visiting the school weekly to provide small group and 1:1 sessions to the students that really need it.

With this project, we aim to provide the teachers at a school in India with Physiotherapy equipment, PT assistant/aide training, as well as Emergency First Aid training. We also fund for professional physiotherapists to visit the Children with physical disabilities to offer group and 1:1 sessions so the children can experience one or more of the following, each of which can be addressed with PT: muscle atrophy/tightening, loss in joint range of motion, muscle spasticity, pain in muscles and joints, joint inflammation and contractures (muscle rigidity).

As well as providing access to the professional services we also help fund the school stationery, equipment for the school to be able to provide the best care and support to every student.

The local School is not currently equipped or staffed to provide Physiotherapy and does not have the funding or resources to tackle this issue, so this project aims to equip the school with PT equipment, PT assistance/aide training as well as Emergency First Aid training. This will allow full capacity of rehabilitation with the goal to maximize functional control of the body or increase the gross motor function of the children.

Children with physical disabilities can experience mobility, function, posture & balance challenges & PT is critical to increasing their mobility and independence. PT empowers the children physically & emotionally & sets the stage for entering adulthood as an independent individual. Additionally, a successful PT program allows a parent to see their child using their body to the best of his or her ability, and potentially, living independently.

In addition to capacity building of the staff through training and providing awareness and education to individuals, improved quality of care at the school will help prevent further physical deterioration of the children and by funding equipment, we can create a lasting impact as this could increase the capacity that the school can handle for therapy and allow them to continue the work for years to come. PT will give these children a new lease in life and the best chance for taking control of their lives.

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