MNC reaches out beyond Chennai partnering in Government of Tamilnadu Projects.
A pilot project was mooted between The State Health Society–Tamilnadu (SHS TN) a part of Government of Tamilnadu, Department of Health and Family Welfare acting as the Nodal Agency for National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to implement the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Project Phase – II program in the State of Tamilnadu and MNC. The project aims “to strengthen and expand preventive services of the existing health system by establishment of Early Intervention Centers in two districts (Thoothukudi and Cuddalore) for management of screened cases of newborn, infants and children with birth defects and facilitate referral services after detection of disabilities in collaboration with Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children as a strategy”.
Role of MNC
Mentoring, this includes,
Establishment of EICs as Fully Functional Units:
The EICs are fully functional from 2012 and are providing Early Intervention Services to the rural public who otherwise would have to come to the city for such services.
The Government of Tamilnadu with a vision on the need and importance of Early Intervention Centers for Children with mental disabilities planned for Early Intervention Centers to be established one in each district in the year 2007. MNC was identified by the office of the State Commissioner for the Disabled Persons, Government of Tamilnadu as the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to start an Early Intervention Centre at Chennai, and is a beneficiary of their aid to support such a programme.
As on date, 43 children have been enrolled in the centre, located in our premises. The facilities that MNC children enjoy are all extended to them. Apart from Intervention through Upanayan they are included in Therapy, Yoga, Nutrition projects of the Centre, Outings, and Medical Check up and get to participate in all MNC functions.
In the year 2012 the State Commissioner for Differently Abled, had selected MNC to establish an Early Intervention Centre for Autism at State Resource Training Centre, K K Nagar, Chennai 600078. 44 children are enrolled in this centre from nearby and far off places. MNC is the mentor for the centre. The special educators and staff have been trained by MNC in the implementation of Upanayan Early Intervention Programme Weekly visits by the senior special educators of out centre ensures that assessment forms are filled properly, Individualized Education Programmes have been drawn properly and implemented in the right way. Evaluation is done periodically by the Principal or the Coordinator Programme Implementation and recorded. The progress of the children is monitored for mainstreaming. Special educators are included in the refresher courses conducted by MNC and they bring their problems to MNC for solutions.
‘Anaivarukum Kalvi Thittam’ or Universal Education is an effort to universalize elementary education through community ownership of the schooling system. It is a programme designed to universalize elementary education within a definite time frame.