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Government of Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Department of Differently Abled has partnered with Amar Seva Sangam to fund  the Enabling Inclusion® program using the EI® to cover 23 Blocks in 3 Districts (Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Tuticoirn) of Tamil Nadu starting in 2020. The program is run by Amar Seva Sangam and provides community screening, awareness programs and home based assessment and intervention to children with disabilities and their families. 86 community rehabilitation workers and 62 rehab specialists are providing child rehab services. More than 2500 children and 5000 caregivers have been positively impacted by the program.
RIGHTS: : Inclusion, Accessibility & Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Tamil Nadu Project
Amar Seva Sangam team members have been deputed to work with the Govt of Tamil Nadu’s Differently Abled Commissionerate in the formulation of a state-wide program to provide improved access to services for people with disabilities, including children in need of early intervention and child rehab services.
Amar Seva Sangam's Secretary with the Disability Commissioner

In Tenkasi District, the District Collector has delegated Amar Seva Sangam to operate and run their District Early Intervention centre, with the program using the Enabling Inclusion® app and model. Staff at various private and government departments, including Health (village health nurses, government hospital and private physicians), Education (school teachers), Child Welfare (Anganwadi workers) and Disability Dept refer children at risk or with potential developmental delays to the DEIC for assessment.

A multidisciplinary rehab and medical team conduct assessments of children referred, and facilitate further referral to either the Enabling Inclusion® home-based services, centre-based services or to therapy services offered at the DEIC. They may also be referred for further medical, surgical or assistive devices assessments and interventions.

Through our partner Sishu Saroti, the Golaghat District Early Intervention Centre in Assam, India is also using the EI® app and model. As we roll-out this program, the goal is for our DIEC to be a model for other districts nd  states to provide integrated early intervention services that will reach all children in need.

This initiative is funded by CSR and private foundations, highlighting an example of a successful private-public-NGO partnership.

Samagra Shiksha  is a government initiative from the Dept of Education to promote inclusion of children with disabilities. Amar Seva Sangam has signed an MOU with Dept of School Education to run a Project Management Unit that will strengthen inclusive education throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. ASSA has organized parent training workshops along with Samagra Shiksha in various districts of Tamil Nadu.  In addition, Amar Seva Sangam is implementing the Enabling Inclusion® app and model across the 10 Block Resource Centres and 2 Early Intervention Centres in Tenkasi District along with the Samagra Shiksha staff including special educators and physiotherapists. This program which focuses on parent empowerment and has tele-rehab components, will be a model to scale up to other districts throughout Tamil Nadu.  This initiative is funded by CSR and private foundations, highlighting an example of a successful private-public-NGO partnership.
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