Estimates say that India has 12 million children living with disabilities. Only 1% of children with disabilities have access to school and one third of most disabilities are preventable.
Despite improvement in the health care system in the country, the situation of differently abled children remains deplorable, particularly in rural areas and among the lower socio-economic population. In India they are subject to multiple deprivations and limited opportunities in several dimensions of their lives. Some these include, lack of rehabilitation services, not being enrolled to schools, lower employment rates, limited awareness of entitlements and services available and lack of social welfare support.
When poverty, physical neglect and social marginalization intersect, the impact on the differently abled can be devastating. They are kept hidden away at their home, denied basic rights of mobility, education, treatment and employment. They are viewed as dependent persons. Such discrimination in some cases starts from the family members and spreads right up to the policy makers and state authorities. Social attitudes and stigma play an important role in limiting the opportunities for their full participation in social and economic life, often even within their own families.
NIARC aim to address the unmet needs of the differently abled children through evidence based multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment approach and comprehensive rehabilitation along with community based rehabilitation services. Our primary objective is to provide the highest quality Pediatric rehabilitation care tailored to meet the individual physical, developmental, social, psychosocial and educational needs of each child and family.
A unique team consisting of medical and rehabilitation specialists will collaborate to provide developmentally appropriate care that meets all aspects of your child’s health and psychosocial needs. Our team works closely with you and your child to increase your child’s functional abilities and to ensure the whole family will be comfortable and successful with any ongoing follow up care required at home. NIARC is supported and funded by NEST, a voluntary non-profit, organisation which was established in 2005 to take care of the terminally ill.