- There are 52.9 million pre-school children with developmental disabilities in the world, of which 2.3 million are in India. Early Intervention therapy which address physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development through physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy and special education is PROVEN to improve child development and integration.
- According to UNESCO, 90% of children in developing countries do not have access to Early Intervention (EI) therapy services. In rural India, this is due to a lack of rehab therapists, large travel distances to urban rehab centres and high costs. UNESCO states that 72% of children with disabilities in India are unable to attend school because of a lack of EI therapy services.
- According to the WHO, “If children with developmental delays are not provided with appropriate early intervention, their difficulties can lead to lifetime consequences, increased poverty and profound exclusion”.
- In 2017, Handi-Care Intl. and Amar Seva Sangam created the Enabling Inclusion Model which connects community rehabilitation workers to rehabilitation specialists (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists/trainers and special educators ), so that high quality early intervention therapy services can be provided to pre-school and early school age children in their own homes.
- To facilitate this, we created a technology platform called the Enabling Inclusion app, which is a comprehensive digital solution for provision of rehab services, that is globally recognized and now being adopted by NGOs and governments around the world.
This project has been recognized by 4 continents around the world!! Asia, Australia, Europe and North America!!
World Cerebral Palsy Day winner in Australia, MIT Solve Challenge in USA, United Nations, Vodafone foundation, Azim Premji Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada...
We have partnered with University of Toronto, McGill University, MIT, Harvard Centre for the Developing Child and Saving Brains to help create the best program and conduct research that has proven our model has lead to the best child and family outcomes.
Our results are published in the prestigious Disability and Rehabilitation journal have shown that:
- Our community worker training program has excellent outcomes
- Our Early Intervention program has led to decreased caregiver strain and improved family empowerment
Our results are published in the prestigious Frontiers in Public Health have shown that through continuous improvements to the EI program:
- Program engagement improved from 60 to 95%
- Age adjusted school enrollment increased from 70 to 85% for children with disabilities
- Rehab worker job satisfaction improved.
- Child Development Improved
- The EI program was initially launched in 2014 with funding from Handi-Care Intl. and Grand Challenges Canada. Subsequently, matched funding from Handi-Care Intl. and Grand Challenges Canada until 2020 allowed us to expand the program to cover 1325 children to cover the entire Tenkasi District of Tamil Nadu.
- The Tamil Nadu Government and Grand Challenges Canada have provided funding in late 2020 to expand to 2 new districts – Tirunelveli and Tuticorin to enroll 2000 additional children.
- In order to cover the existing >1000 children in the program in the Tenkasi District and add children on the wait-list, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative has agreed to co-sponsor the EI program in Tenkasi District along with Handi-Care Intl., for the next 3 years, so that the early intervention services can continue seamlessly.
- Therefore, all your donations will be matched dollar for dollar by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative.
- We have more than 300 children on our waitlist, that can be enrolled once sponsorship is secured for them.