Manna - Special Education for Children with Special Needs

Project Brief: The purpose of project is to help children with special needs to learn basic life skills, and to help them study with the aim for them to finally re-enter regular mainstream schools.
Project Type: Special Needs (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Stanford
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Candida Preetham
Project Partner(s): Veer Shah
Other Contacts: Anika Raghuvanshi
Project Address: , Chikkagubbi, Alpha Engineering College Road,Kothanur Post,Bangalore,
Tel: 011 98 86411130
Stewarding Chapter: Stanford
Mar 2019StanfordUSD 9511
Dec 2017StanfordUSD 10328

Total = $19839

Project Purpose/Goals:
1. To improve the quality of life of the special needs children from low income families by providing early interventions and support specific to the needs of each child
2. To equip families of special needs children with knowledge and skill to care for their special children
3. To promote inclusive education for special children as a step towards integrating them with the community
4. To create community awareness on the need to protect and support special children and the importance of early identification and intervention
5. Interventions in the life of 40 children with special needs from low income families
6. Empowering minimum 40 underprivileged families through training and counselling
7. Training and awareness of minimum 20 teachers
8. Inclusive school education for minimum 5 children
9. Creating awareness in 6 zones in Bangalore, covering minimum 500 people in urban/slum areas
MANNA is an organization that strives to provide holistic development for children with special needs, through early identification, and positive therapeutic interventions involving both families and communities and to advocate for their rights and opportunities.
MANNA is a developmental disability centre working with children with special needs. Manna is running a special education programme to cater to the educational needs of special children, who are denied admission in regular schools. Special education is provided to children with learning disorders, autism and other developmental disorders. The curriculum is customized to address each child’s unique needs. Different instructional strategies are used for these children like individual instructions, activities to strengthen concentration and attention, games to improve memory and visual learning tactics. Through the programme the special children have access to one on one education under the principles of ABA(Applied Behaviour Analysis), group learning as well as social and play skills training activities. The programme is run under the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). At present we offer an elementary level course under the Open Basic Education (OBE). Special children would be provided support to complete their education upto high school, equivalent to Class X under NIOS, which would help them to continue their higher education with other Universities which approve of NIOS certificate.