Holistic approach for integrating persons with disabilities

Amar Jyoti Research and Rehabilitation Centre renders rehabilitative services to persons with disabilities with an endeavour to enable them to lead independent lives at par with their fellow citizens.

Source: OneWorld Foundation India

Amar Jyoti was started in 1981 by establishing a small school for children with and without disability in equal numbers. Today, as a result of dedicated effort and persistence over three decades, Amar Jyoti has expanded its operations and set-up two holistic research and rehabilitation centres, one each in Delhi and Gwalior, aiming at complete educational, medical and vocational integration of persons with disabilities.

To realize it’s aim, Amar Jyoti follows a holistic approach consisting of inclusive education, healthcare, skill training, capacity building courses and enhancing employment opportunities. Amar Jyoti is also providing persons with disabilities with adequate infrastructural support, mobility aids and various therapies to reduce and treat their disability. At the same time, Amar Jyoti is engaging with other schools, public transport authorities, employment organizations and policy makers to create a barrier free and welcoming environment for disabled people across the country.

Amar Jyoti has pioneered the concept of inclusive education in India. With the financial support of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and individual donors, the leadership of an experienced and committed team, the support of special educators, medical professionals, local communities, etc.,  Amar Jyoti has rehabilitated over 40, 000 persons with disabilities. Over the years, Amar Jyoti has won several accolades for its dedicated service and commitment like the the PHD Chamber of Commerce Award for Social Welfare, U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Award for pioneering achievements in the promotion of barrier-free environments, etc.

This case study was published in August 2012.

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