The Prabhat Education Foundation is the outcome of efforts to serve children with special needs in Ahmedabad which began in 2003 through exposure to those with learning difficulties struggling within mainstream schools. By 2005 Prabhat had begun a small centre to serve such children. News of Prabhat spread, and children with a range of disabilities arrived at its door, seeking assistance. Prabhat responded with a summer workshop that year in cooperation with the Ahmedabad Education Society.
Interactions there suggested the extent and range of special needs within the city. A Prabhat centre opened in the Maninagar area (east Ahmedabad) in 2007, in response to a survey conducted with communities and local activists.
Basic services began of counseling, assessment, education, therapy and contact with specialists. The same year, the reputed Anand Niketan School offered space that could host a Prabhat Satellite Centre, helping to reach another section of society in west Ahmedabad. Starting with one child in 2007, almost 100 children now attend the Centres. Support to other children, homes and communities are offered through outreach and advocacy efforts. Partnerships with municipal and other schools have followed to support the national effort toward the rights of special children to be recognized and served within the mainstream.
Today, Prabhat works in 3 major areas: services and facilities through its life-skills programme at the three Prabhat Centres (Maninagar, Satellite and St. Xavier’s college Navrangpura (eastern and Western Ahmedabad), the Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme (CBR) serving children, families and communities who cannot access the Centres for problems of mobility or awareness, and Advocacy through networking and partnerships to help strengthen each of these services and create a more enabling environment for special children in society.
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