Early Intervention

Globally Recognized Early Intervention Program

PROGRAM DETAILS

Enabling Inclusion web page

Adopt A child (by sponsorship) in this program

There are 1,200 children in this program plus another 300 children are waiting to join. For us to run this program efficiently, we need your help and sponsorship.

 Children awaiting sponsorship | How is the money used | What services do children to getHow do we keep the cost so low?

How do I sponsor a child?

  1. Endowment: A donation of of $2500 (CAD) creates an endowment for one child.
    The interest earned from your endowment, will be used.
  2. Yearly sponsorship: An annual donation of $400 (CAD) per child.
  3. Monthly sponsorship: A monthly donation of $35 (CAD) per child.

Sponsorship Highlights:

  1. Children age 0-10 with disabilities are admitted from very poor families, where the household income is very low.
  2. All services are offered free of cost to the children
  3. You can sponsor individual children from our waiting list.
  4. The EI app collects comprehensive data and outcomes on each child and reports of these children will be shared with donors twice a year.

If I sponsor a child, how is the money used?

  1. Salaries for community rehabilitation workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists / trainers, coordinators, psychologists,  IT admin, office admin.
  2. Transportation charges for workers to go to children’s homes.
  3. Office Admin costs.
  4. Technology costs – tablets for the rehab workers, computers for the office, EI app hosting and maintenance.
  5. The services listed below.

What services do children, families and the community receive as result of my sponsorship?

  1. Holistic assessment and intervention planning for children with disabilities covering all their developmental domains
  2. Parent support and training to integrate rehab activities into child’s daily live
  3. Physiotherapy
  4. Occupational Therapy / Activities of Daily Living – feeding, toileting, etc.
  5. Speech Therapy
  6. Sensory integration (involving sensory stimulation for hearing, seeing, feeling and tasting) in a special “Sensory integration room”.
  7. Special Education
  8. Vision and hearing therapy
  9. Assistive Device (ie wheelchair, walkers, hearing aids, etc.) assessments (please note that the devices are NOT covered)
  10. Environmental interventions (ie making home more accessible, sensitizing family members to the child’s disability)
  11. Psychological, and financial counseling for parents
  12. Social benefits – disability cards and welfare program connection
  13. Advocacy for school enrollment and integration through teacher training and school admin sensitization
  14. School and Classroom based interventions alongside their teacher and support workers
  15. Parent group formation for peer connection, motivation and advocacy 
  16. Awareness programs to the community to decrease disability stigma and promote child inclusion into society

All these interventions are done with the goal of improving child development, promoting their inclusion in society and maximizing every child’s potential, as well as reducing caregiver strain. See our article which gives full details about how the program benefits children with disabilities and their families 

When does a sponsorship end?

  • A child graduates out of the Early Intervention program once they have achieved developmental milestones to an extent that further rehab is not necessary or that they can be integrated into existing school rehab program offered by the government or enrolled into Amar Seva Sangam’s integrated school or Centre For Special Education. These can happen at any age, but typically will occur between age 9-11.
  • Your endowment amount will remain forever and will be used for another child that is on the wait list, when the first child graduates out of the program.

How do we keep the cost so low?

  • A similar program in Canada with all the features listed above, costs upwards of $20,000 CAD, per child per year.
  • In our EI program, community rehab workers provide the mainstay of therapy through weekly visits, but are supported and guided by rehabilitation specialists. This ensures the highest quality and standards of services, while keeping costs lower.
  • ASSA is a very efficiently run organization with minimum overhead expenses and sincerely committed employees. The use of the EI app allows for efficient scheduling and maximizes the time spent by therapists with the patients and minimizes time spent on travel and office work.
  • We also place PT/OT/ speech therapy professional and student volunteers from Canada, USA, UK, Australia and Europe throughout the year who provide capacity building and support for the staff at Amar Seva Sangam. These volunteers also provide direct services to children and parents and collect or purchase equipment they bring to ASSA, resulting in a significant cost savings.

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