It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.
– Coach Elaine Hall
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Occupational therapy encourages rehabilitation through the use of everyday tasks required in life. It teaches students on the autism spectrum how to twist a doorknob, so they can do so at home. OT seeks to develop fine motor skills for the body and self-confidence for the mind, with the end goal of thriving independently in the workplace, at home, and in life.
Adarsh Charitable Trust is a rehabilitation clinic for children who cope with physical and/or mental handicaps; most frequently, cerebral palsy, autism, and/or Down syndrome. It is located just east of Kochi, India.
While Adarsh is a rehab center, it is also a nonprofit organization, a community school, and a much-needed center of advocacy for the 200+ children it serves. Adarsh strives to create a life of independence and self-determination for each of their students. It is in this capacity and toward the fulfillment of these high goals that Adarsh retains 17 therapists and instructors, each with a degree in physiotherapy or speech therapy. Despite this training, in the medical field it is necessary to continue training through the course of a career. In this part of India, access to continuing education and resources of US- or UK-caliber are hard to come by.
That’s where we come in.