Facilitating equal opportunity at early steps for a better tomorrow
"However difficult life may seem. There is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."
- Stephen Hawkings
All Round Improvement in School Education for Children with Disabilities (ARISE+)
ARISE+ is a special program that encompasses the Foundation’s work in the area of school education for persons with disabilities in the age group 3-18 years. The Foundation supports organisations working for the education of children with special needs’ schools to help and prepare them to achieve their best potential to be a part of outside world. The ARISE+ program focuses on providing adequate education for persons with disabilities and enabling them to thrive fully despite their physiological challenges.
This program supports children with special needs to gradually become a part of the mainstream education system. Also, we focus on specific mentoring of their parents and families about the disability as well. Working with diverse groups within the domain, the Foundation empowers persons with disabilities, including persons with visual impairment, hearing and speech impairment, locomotors disabilities and a range of intellectual disabilities across India.
ARISE+ essentially focuses on the following interventions:
- early detection of disabilities in children
- support in the education of children with disabilities and leveraging assistive technology
- counselling for parents, teachers and other caregivers with techniques to take care of children with special needs
As a part of our continuous efforts to spread awareness and sensitize people about strengths and struggles of persons with visual impairment, a collaborative initiative with Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) was also organised (from December 2020-February 2021).
In FY 2020-21, the ARISE+ program impacted 2,776 students and 2,864 students in FY 2019-20 through our partner organisations by providing chronic therapy as well as holistic education to enable them in leading dignified and fulfilling lives. Also, close to 400 tabs were distributed for education of children with special needs under ARISE+ schools to ensure their uninterrupted access to online education (for students in 8th grade and above) in the year 2020-21.
Our ARISE+ education program for disabled students has been conferred the 2nd Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Award for Best CSR Practices in Education in 2015 by CSR Times.
This year on Children’s Day, we released the ‘Wonderbook- A Mosaic of Visual Expressions’ created during the pandemic by the students of our ARISE+ program. Download the Wonderbook