capacity building

Family-Centered Care- Challenges and Opportunities, Stigma to Empowerment

Enabling Inclusion Child Development Webinar #2 Webinar presented on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 by Marie Brien PT, MSc and Navamani Venkatachalapathy BPT, PGDT. Webinar Objectives: Recognising psycho-social stressors of families of children with developmental disabilities Understanding the essentials of family-centered care (FCC) Sharing of ASSA’s experiences in FCC in rural South India Implementing responsive strategies

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Crossing Barriers- The Transdisciplinary Approach to Successful Early Intervention

Enabling Inclusion Child Development Webinar #1 Webinar presented on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 by Franzina Coutinho OT, PhD and Marie Brien PT, MSc. Webinar Objectives: Be familiar with models of care in early intervention (EI) Understand the transdisciplinary approach Understand the essential elements of transdisciplinary approach Identify the benefits of a transdisciplinary rehab team Recognize

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capacity building

The Enabling Inclusion Child Development Webinar Series

The Enabling Inclusion Child Development Webinar Series The Enabling Inclusion Webinar Series was organized by Amar Seva Sangam and the University of Toronto (Canada)- International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR). Monthly webinars were conducted jointly by expert speakers from India and Canada from January to June 2022 and were supported by a Shastri Conference

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Research

Parent Empowerment Groups

A study conducted by ASSA highlighted the need expressed by parents of children with disabilities in our EI program, for strengthening of parent leadership, peer connection and mentorship in order to further reduce their strain/burden, empower them, provide peer connections, provide more knowledge and an avenue for advocacy and promote inclusion of their children with

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Research

The Enabling Inclusion (EI) App: A story from Rural South India about COVID-19 and digital techno

During the COVID pandemic, India saw multiple lockdowns over a span of 2 years that impacted rehabilitation service provision within the country. Digital technologies helped provide and maintain service provision to children with disabilities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu through the Enabling Inclusion (EI) App developed and implemented by Amar Seva Sangam Ayikudy

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Research

Building the capacity of Indian occupational therapists, Canadian student occupational therapists and occupational therapy services in rural South India through virtual fieldwork placements: A global partnership

Tele-rehabilitation is a relatively novel field that has the potential to significantly impact the management of non-communicable diseases globally, but especially in low and middle income countries (LMIC’s)  (Shenoy et al., 2018). Simply put, tele-rehabilitation is the ability to provide healthcare from a distance. It has the potential to create equity/access in health service provision,

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impact stories

Impact Stories – Mathish

OP No: OP-223 Block: Tenkasi Block Name of the Child: Mathish Gender: Male Date of Birth: 09/08/2014 Father’s Name: Mr.Karuppasamy Mother’s Name: Mrs.Lakshmi Family & Social History: The parents of Mathish are Mr. Karuppasamy and Mrs. Lakshmi from Tenkasi. They are economically very poor and fall below poverty line. He was seen at one our

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Impact Stories – Siva Selvam

OP No: OP-508 Block: Melapavoor Block Name of the Child: Siva Selvam Gender: Male Date of Birth: 19/9/2013 Grandmother’s Name: Mrs.Radhika Family & Social History: Siva Selvam was born in a village Pavoorchatram. The child had a history of low birth weight and general developmental delay. His mother had a history of hypertension during pregnancy.

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Impact Stories – Siva Ram

At Age 4, Siva Ram screened positive for delayed development at an Anganwadi centre (pre-school) by one of ASSA’s Community Rehabilitation Workers during a screening camp. ASSA’s specialist team did an initial assessment in his home and they identified him as having an Intellectual and Speech Impairment and recommended that his parents enroll him into

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Impact Stories – Yuktha

Yuktha was born in a village called Ananthapuram in Tamil Nadu.  Her mother had a prolonged labour and Yuktha didn’t have a birth cry and was underweight.  However, she was discharged from hospital without any developmental follow-up.  At the age of 2, Yuktha was unable to stand unsupported, her legs appeared stiff and she didn’t speak. Her mother was concerned about her

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