Rehabilitation, education, empowerment and inclusion of people with neurological disabilities in India’s rural/ urban community.
Work and Achievements
Vidya Sagar (www.vidyasagar.co.in)(Formerly, The Spastics Society of India, Chennai) (VS)? is a Chennai based, 32 year old organization, founded by Mrs Poonam Natarajan a parent of a person with profound disability as there were no services available for this population. She started with three children and three staff. Today, from a building custom built to suit its needs, and with a staff of about 106, comprising of Special Educators, physio, speech and occupation therapists, medical social workers, a small admin staff and support staff, Vidya Sagar works with over 4000 persons with multiple disability in a given year. Our beneficiaries are from all over India and from neighbouring countries.
VidyaSagar’s primary work is with persons with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities and their families. VS gets involved in every aspect of disability – education, inclusion, rehabilitation, employment, law, policy, creating awareness, accessibility....?and is known for rendering highest quality service with tender loving care.
Whatever the degree of disability we take pride in the fact that we have never refused services for want of money.
VidyaSagar has now been allotted additional land of 27 grounds (approx. one and a half acres) at Karapakkam. Keeping in mind present needs of the people we serve and the need to create replicable models for our country Vs wants to continue services like early intervention and inclusive education and more importantly build a very forward-looking, replicable model of an Inclusive and Assisted Living project on this land.
This project is estimated to cost over Rs.25 crores over three years. Parents as also adults with disability are eagerly looking forward to this facility, which we hope to complete within three years with active support and involvement from you all, the community.?Thanks
Fund Utilisation Statement
Funds will be used towards the payment to be made towards the salaries of the staff and running expenses of the various projects of Vidya Sagar and to build Corpus.50% of the funds raised will be util