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New Center For Children With Developmental Disabilities In Mumbai

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Childhood disability in India is very complex. As per 2011 Census of India, there are 7,862,921 children with disability in the below 19 year age group, among which 595,089 have intellectual disability. In the past 2 decades, there has been remarkable improvement in neonatal care and the accessibility to related services, yet subsequent developmental support systems are inadequate.developmental-disabilities

During the inauguration of new center; Dr.Vibha Krishnamurthy, MD Founder, Executive Director, Ummeed Child Development Centre said, “Ummeed is committed to helping children with disabilities reach their maximum potential and be included in society. Through our training center we will be able to train parents and build capacity in professionals and communities to achieve this goal. We hope this is the beginning of a movement in India to invest in the development of every child.

She further said “Although there are a few national institutes for children with specific childhood disabilities, these are not enough to cater to the increasing number of children with developmental or intellectual disability. Developmental disabilities begin anytime during development up to 22 years of age and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. Its calls for more such center of “Ummeed”.

People with developmental disabilities have problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living. The new training facility started by Ummeed is built on a 3000 sq ft premises in Parel and will work towards, sensitization and awareness about developmental disabilities amongst all stakeholders. It also provide parent training that will support parents to learn about disability, advocate for their children and support their child’s development further.

The center provides assessment and therapies for children with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral and Emotional challenges to name a few. Training and Capacity Building of NGOs and amongst Professionals, Parents, Teachers and Community Workers. In 2015-16 Ummeed trained 750 participants and conducted sensitization programs to almost 1000 participants.

“Ummeed is touching just the tip of the childhood disability iceberg in India, which at least now has become visible. India needs at least a thousand Ummeeds,” said Dr Raju Khubchandani, Director, Pedeatrics, Jaslok Hospital.

Dr.Vibha Krishnamurthy, MD Founder, Executive Director, Ummeed Child Development Centre said, “Ummeed is committed to helping children with disabilities reach their maximum potential and be included in society. Through our training center we will be able to train parents and build capacity in professionals and communities to achieve this goal. We hope this is the beginning of a movement in India to invest in the development of every child.

Rumana Hamied, CEO Cipla Foundation, said, “Cipla Foundation is proud to partner with Ummeed in setting up this unique training centre that will share best practices, increase awareness in our communities and support professionals and parents across India to help children with disability achieve their full potential.”

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