Objectives of the Society

The following are the main objectives of ABHI:

 

1. To work for the overall welfare of mentally and physically challenged children/persons.

 

2. To undertake comprehensive, holistic and sustainable programmes for the proper rehabilitation of mentally and physically challenged children/persons.

 

3. To create the proper infrastructure for the rehabilitation of the mentally challenged.

 

4. To create awareness among the masses, press, parents of such children and government agencies.

 

5. To impart training to, and empower the parents and wards of challenged children to better care of them.

 

6. To network with all concerned agencies like the State and Central government, and NGO's associated with disabilities, for bringing about the integration of the handicapped into society.

 

7. To create self help groups amongst the mothers and other disadvantaged women for financial empowerment and social security.

 


With the expertise and experience we possess implementing the said objectives should be a matter of time. Moreover this is a neglected area with hardly any organizations working towards making the Disabilities Act1995 a reality.

ABHI is a Society of professionals with training, expertise and experience of many years of working in the field of mental and physical disability. As individuals we have been working in this area since 1998, right from the setting up of The Learning Centre of Bishop Cotton School which is an integrated educational facility for the mentally challenged. Two of the members are Special Educators in this Centre. We have already submitted a profile of the Executive Committee which states in detail the qualifications and experience of the President, Vice President and General Secretary.

 As part of the team in The Learning Centre, we have worked with the National Trust and The Rehabilitation Council of India, both statutory bodies of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (GOI). The Centre assists in running the Respite Centre ‘Pehchaan' for The National Trust. We are a Study Centre for the RCI and are authorized to train teachers in Special Education. The Coordinator of the Centre and President of ABHI is on the Governing body and Executive Committee of SSA (HP) and is a member of the Local Level Committee of the National Trust.

 It was this TLC team which was instrumental in the formation of ‘Udaan'—an NGO of parents and guardians of the mentally disabled and we have since been working together. We work together with 16 NGOs working in disabilities in HP, including the Child Welfare Council. We organize and host the Festival of the Differently Abled (FODA) a well known platform for the disabled since 2000, in which 300 children with disabilities in the State of Himachal, participate and compete.

 

Meenu Sud

President