What We Do
1. Early Detection:
Kalpana Mehta Infant Care Unit - Provides Neuro Development Therapy and sensory motor stimulation to infant and young children in their sensitive period and brain development.2. Infant Care:
This unit was established in 1989. Nearly 35 students are taking benefits. The health & development of young children in the age range of 0-5 years is a priority of any nation.
Early intervention is significant as the brain growth is optimum during the first two years of life; 84% of the brain is developed by 5 years of age. Considering this fact VDIS started this unit. Children having delayed development due to any cause like genetic, environmental, brain damage, neurological disorder are enrolled in this unit. These infants are given neuro-developmental therapy & sensory-stimulation to improve the child's physical, motor, mental & social development.
Parental training & counseliing is also provided. After each intervention the infant is examined for positive changes & if measurable changes do not occur then the programme of therapy is modified.
Family counselling & guidance is offered to parents. Various experts provide their services:
1. New admissions-approximately 16 enrollments every year.
2. Number of children consulted by Orthopedic surgeon & given appliances-12.
3. Uplift Unit:
The Askarandas N. Raipancholia Up-Lift Unit
It was established in 1987 to provide training facilities to severely retarded children, problematic children & even to profoundly retarded adults. Nearly 100 pupils are taking benefits of the unit. Behaviour, Music, Montessori, Speech & Play therapy are used to train these children falling in the age group 14 - 18 years. Individual training is also provided.
The Sonal Anantrai Mehta Day Care Unit
It was established in 1989. The severely & profoundly retarded adults who are not productive members of the society due to the severity of retardation are taken care for in this unit. Nearly 50 adults are taking benefit in this unit. Aim of this programme is to keep them happy & keep them busy. These adults require continuous caring & support in their life. Keeping them happy & busy has been the prime aim of this program. Interaction with each other improves their social skills & enhances their feeling of companionship.
The Smt. Virmati Tulsidas Play & Progress Group
The unit was established in 2001. Early age is very crucial for the development of the child. Various therapies in play way method is used to improve the child's motor, social, cognitive & language skills. Also to develop good habits & basic skills which are necessary for personal adjustment. Montessori & behaviour therapy is used to train the child in Activities of Daily Living. Maximum stimulative experiences provided to 15 young children in the age group 3-4 years gave highly satisfactorily results.
4. Play & Progress:
Smt. Virmati Tulsidas Play & Progress Group - Imparts training in areas of Social and Mental Development to accelerate the process of Social Adaptability and Normalisation.5. Educational:
Smt. V. D. Navnirman School was established in 1973 & received its grant by the Social Welfare Department in the year 1976. It imparts training & education to 150 pupils upto the age of 18 years through well-qualified teaching staff members. Emphasis is given to the following activities:
1. Daily living activities
2. Speech & Language Simulation
3. Pre-Vocational skills
4. Knowledge of reading, writing
5. Simple posting & banking work
6. Knowledge of time & measurement
7. Vocational training
8. Activities to improve 3 C's (Creativity, Competency, Creditability)
9. Cognitive & perceptual training
10. Pre-academic skills
11. Computer training
12. Independent travelling
13. Money transactions
14. Physical fitness programme
15. Sports & drama
The training is given in small groups in the form of practical work using audio-visual aids. The school helps in the improvement of Social, Emotional Quotient & total Personality Development.
Students are sent to banks & post offices to get practical experiences. They are taught to travel alone by public transportation. Various activities like book binding, flower making, tie-dye, jewellery making, block printing, embroidery & stitching are included in the pre-vocational programme.
The skills of the talented children are enhanced by practice till they achieve a competitive level after which they can earn their livelihood.
In the year 2012-2013 the teachers set a goal that the students had to achieve through their hard work. Students successfully achieved 80% of the goal making phenomenal progress.
This unit was established in 1985. Rehabilitation of the mentally challenged is the most striking feature of our institute.
The mission of this unit is to promote community inclusion & to assist in progressing from dependent to independent living.
All students are involved in various activities like punching, pasting, threading, finishing, etc. male students also do sub contract work such as assembling of electrical appliances, imitation jewellery, etc. adult mentally challenged students are trained for various trades like home science & seasonal items, decorative articles like toran, wall hanging, etc. stitching, embroidery, bead work, fret machine work etc.
Nearly 160 students are working at factories, shops, water fountains, etc. Female students are also trained in household chores. They are trained in sewing, making accessories & decorative items. They are also given training in cooking.
Open employment is encouraged in the trainable group.
Individual independent one-skill training is given for open employment of self employment like training to handle a public telephone booth. If the person is not able to cooperate in open employment or self employment due to severe retardation or associated problems they work under sheltered workshops to produce Big Wonder products.7. Cerebral Palsy Unit:
This unit was established in 1993 and got recognition by Government in the year 2009. Cerebral Palsy (CP) children having mental retardation (MR) are the ones who require more protection and supervision throughout their lives.
CP children having MR require multi-discilpinary approach. They require Physio-Occupational therapy and skill development for independent living. These two main programmes are carried out during one academic year. Individualized and group therapy as per the childs need are given to improve stability of body, motor coordination and joint mobility. Appliances are provided and operations are done to improve mobility.8. Slow Learners & NIOS:
The behaviour analysis of the school going population reveals that not all are able to become efficient learners. Nearly 4-5% of normal school population fails to cope up in a normal school due to various reasons and have difficulties such as slow progress, sensory handicaps or social psycho - emotional problems. Thus, they are poor performers in school. Thus, this unit was setup in April 2001 as a counselling and training centre for these students.
The Children diagnosed with Learning Disability, Slow Learner, Mental Retardation, Autism, ADHD are enrolled in this unit.
They are grouped in the following way:
-Remedial training for children attending normal school.
-NOS group (preparing for National Open School Programme (Std 10)
-Pre-NOS group (preparing Children to reach the level of National Open School Programme.
The Training Programme:
After the initial assessment and observation a training programme is planned out for each child by a multi-disciplinary team. Each child is given a different training programme according to his needs.
The various vocational activities that are taught to the students apart from remedial training: Computers, Bakery, various other programmes are undertaken by the institute which includes:
-Screening of SL & LD in normal school
-Organizing workshops for Parents and Teachers.
Nearly every year 4-5 students appear for standard 10 exams of NIOS.
A Summer Camp is also organized every year during the Summer Vacations. Many activities like dancing, drawing, yoga, aerobics, music, craft, public speaking are taught. The children are given 2 hours of remedial trainingand then the various activities are carried on.
On the last day of the Summer Camp, children give various performances, singing, dancing, elocution, craft and drawing. An exhibit is held for parents to show the achivements of the children. Nearly 30 students had enrolled in the Summer Camp in 2012-2013.
28th April a Free COunselling Camp was held in normal schools, who suffer from Scholastic Backwardness. An informal assessment helps in identifying children with LD and any other problems like Autismand ADHD etc.9. Gymnasium, Recreation & Neuro Development:
The VDIS has started a unique centre for the disabled to help the rehabilitation of the mentally retarded through activities of recreation.Neuro Development
The mentally retarded children do not know what to do in their free time therefor either wander aimlessly or get bored & irritable. This recreation centre gives these children a chance to explore their various talents.
The main aim of the centre is to sharpen the extracurricular skills (like sports, gymnastics, drawing, dancing, karate, etc.) of the mentally challenged children.
The VDIS has started a unique sports club for the disabled to help in the rehabilitation of the mentally retarded through activities of physical fitness.
This sports club gives these children a chance to explore their physical power & most importantly it gives them an outlet fore venting out their aggressive tendencies through rigorous activities.
Neurodevelopment therapy Garden with scientific angle is designed by Dr. A.V. Mehta to provide various types of stimulation to improve motor, sensory, cognitive, perceptual, emotional & social aspects of M.R. at all stages of development. It is a scientific fact that different sensory stimulation will stimulate superficial receptors & also the inner receptors like the various parts of the nervous system such as cerebellum, cerebral cortex, vestibular system, limbic system, etc. by using this system motor acts like writing & equilibrium responses are evoked which support better development.
Neurodevelopment Garden with mini Planetarium, Trekking, Mountain Trekking Training, Fun Fantasy, Fearful Adventure, etc. was inaugurated in 2008-2009.10. Girls Hostel & Day Care:
Institute established had a residential complex in 2003, which provides sanctuary for mentally challenged girls. They can live, learn & enjoy a life of dignity & happiness.
There are two groups:
1. Caring Group: consists of mild, moderate & severely retarded adults. The girls are kept busy in some creative but repetitive activities.
2. Training Group: consists of mild, moderate & severely retarded young girls in the age group of 8 to 16 years old. They are trained to improve their hand motor skills. They are taught various vocational skills like cooking. Living in the hostel makes the girls independent & disciplined.
Neurodevelopment therapy garden with scientific angle is designed by Dr A.V. Mehta to provide various types of stimulation to improve motor, sensory, cognitive, perceptual, emotional & social aspects of M.R. at all stages of development. It is a scientific fact that different sensory stimulation will stimulate superficial receptors & also the inner receptors like the various parts of the nervous system such as cerebellum, cerebral cortex, vestibular system, limbic system etc. by using this system motors acts like writing & equilibrium responses are evoked which support better development.
Neurodevelopment Garden with mini planetarium, trekking, mountain trekking training, fun fantasy, fearful adventure etc. was inaugurated in 2008-2009.
11. Academy for Intellectually Challenged:Our Future Plan is to:
Established in 2010 this Academy consists of:
-Diagnostic & Counselling Centre for Intellectually Challenged People.
-Remedial Teaching & Corrective Measures.
-Certified & Degree Course for Teachers, Parents, Students, Soicla Workers (affiliated to Padamshree Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai at National Level - Distance Education.)
-Create Diagnostic & Counselling Centre in various Cities for ICP
-Create Facilities for Alternative Education & Remedial Teaching in various cities for ICP
-Public Literature for Parents, Professionals, etc.
-Arrange Seminars, Workshops, Conferences etc to solve Problems of ICP.
CERTIFICATE COURSE ON 'EDUCATIONAL REMEDIES FOR INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGED'
In today's challenging educational system many children cannot cope up with the regular studies, 4%-5% of pupils cannot align with the normal pattern of our education system due to problems like learning disability, ADHD, Slow Learning, Autism, Psychological problems etc.
The source of these difficulties lies in the brain. Children with learning disorders have trouble processing sensory information, which interferes with their daily activities.
Students suffer as the awareness is lacking & they remain undiagnosed for a long time. Realising the need; our institute has designed this certificate course in 2009. Through this course we try to create awareness in normal school teachers; who in turn can identify these children & provide them with facilities.
The course is conducted in affiliation with Padamshree Dr. D.Y. Patil University & College, Navi Mumbai.
Dr. Rashmin Cholera - H.O.D. Psychatrist Dept. Dr. D.Y.Patil University, Dr. Sujata Bhan - Reader, SNDT Women's University members of the advisory committee of the academy.
Mr. Mihir Parekh - Clinical Psychologist, Ms. Vaishali Samant - Professor, Deepa Shah - Counsellor are the lecturers of the Academy. Nearly 300 students have successfully completed the course. The feedback of trainees was very positive, many trainees have started working with children & observed wonderful results from students who were earlier termed as dumb & inattentive.
All school children are assessed every year. New children are first assessed to check their IQ levels & other problems like behavioural, neurological &/or psychological. 139 school children were assessed of which 110 OPD cases were assessed. Of which 90 were admitted to the school & then subsequently transferred to appropriate units.
Development Paediatric Assessment
OT: Occupational Therapy:
Children having delayed development due to any cause like genetic, environmental, brain damage, neurological disorder need OT. They are given neuro-develpmental therapy & sensory stimulation to improve the child's physical, motor, mental & social development.PT: Physiotherapy:
Cerebral Palsy children with mental retardation are the ones who require a multi-disciplinary approach. They require physio-occupational therapy & skill development for independent living. Physiotherapy is given to improve stability of the body, motor coordination & joint mobility.ST: Speech Therapy:
Speech impaired cases that require speech therapy are unclear speech, misarticulating, nasality, hearing impaired & delayed speech.NDT: Neuro Development Therapy:
Early intervention is significant as the brain development is optimum during the first two years of life. 84% of the brain is developed by 5 years of age. Thus, children having delayed development due to any cause like genetic, environmental, brain damage, neurological disorder are given neuro developmental therapy. This therapy improves the child's physical, motor, mental & social development.I.Q. Tests & Assessments:
To understand a child's problem one must detect the early signs of mal-adaptiveness, his strengths, weakness & stages of development should also be taken into consideration. Each child is tested for impairments in development.Educational Assessments:
Nearly 4-5% of school children face difficulties in studies. An educational assessment reveals whether the child has Learning Disability or he is a Slow Learner.Mental Health Guidance
We offer comprehensive health services in the area of developmental disabilities, child guidance & family counseling.Teacher Training
Many school going children face difficulties in studies. They cannot cope with the normal pattern of our education system. For e.g.: children with learning disabilities have trouble processing sensory information; which interferes with their daily activities. Students suffer due to unawareness & thus they remain undiagnosed. Realizing this need our institute has designed this certificate course in 209. Through this course we try to create awareness in normal school teachers, who in turn can identify these children & provide them with facilities.Physical Fitness & Self Defence
Recreational activities sharpen the extracurricular skills of mentally challenged people & proved a chance to explore their various talents.
Youth brigade conducting a dental check up camp in association with The Dental Studio
Youth brigade conducting a women's self defense camp for special kids and others
Tushar Singh, age 32 a resident of Malad West, Mumbai shares his experience with the V D Indian society for MR. He says, "I was born with a learning disability and was enrolled into a normal school but found it difficult to cope up and was ridiculed most of the time.My parents came across VDIS when I was 8 years old. They got me enrolled in the school, and little did I know this would be the turning point of my life. The VDIS institution was very warm and caring and welcomed me with open arms. They did not only train me in academic subjects but also in extra curricular activities. I had inclination towards singing since the time I started understanding music. I was given systematic training in singing in the one skill training program at the VDIS. VDIS also trained me for my 10th standard exam with special subjects through the NIOS which I passed at the age of 18 and gradually finished my graduation in the field of Arts at the age of 25 through the IGNOU. Meanwhile through the VDIS institution I participated in close up antakshari and Suro ka Karva, SaReGaMaPa. I also performed in the Big Wonder Show organized by the institution which helps the children to showcase their talents. I have also song songs in the music album, 'YAHI HAI ZINDAGI' which was released in the year 2011. I'm working at a medical shop and I also perform as a singer in various private shows. I owe all of my success to the VDIS. It has helped me to become an independent earning member of the family and live my life with dignity and peace which is the mission of the VDIS.