To transform the life of autistic children, a Centre for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRRE) is being set up in Thiruvananthapuram.
An initiative of G. Vijayaraghavan, founder-director of National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), it is a not-for-profit entity ably assisted by Chandaria Foundation, UST Global and K.Nandakumar and SunTec Business Solutions as donor patrons and the George M. Thomas Foundation, Trivandrum International School, as donor.
The centre will offer comprehensive diagnosis and developmental assessment of autism spectrum disabilities, evidence-based personalised appropriate intervention programme, development-specific, personalised and structured learning programme, monitoring and management and continuous assessment of co-morbidities, sustained family education and support, empowerment of the family to become the primary therapist, fostering of life skills among the disabled to become self-reliant, provision of assistance in mainstreaming to formal education or employment, research and advocacy.
CADRRE will take care of autistic children from diagnosis to rehabilitation and mainstreaming holistically. Later, it will turn into a centre for education, rehabilitation, research, and support for assisted living for adults with disabilities.
To begin with, the centre will cater to the needs of 50 children in the age group 1.5 years to 16 years and will have extensive indoor and outdoor facilities, including play areas.
“We plan to open more such centres across India,” says Vijayaraghavan.