Centre for Special Education & Rehabilitation (A unit of The Coorg Foundation)
Kodagu district, Karnataka
Old Tata Coffee Hospital Building. Pollibetta Estate,
Pollibetta - 571 215
Kodagu district, Karnataka
Kodagu a small district of Karnataka having a population of about 5.33 Lakhs has 3866 persons with different kinds of special needs (disabilities), which is very high compared to other districts. In Kodagu, Somwarpet Taluk has the highest number of persons with Special needs, out of the 3 taluks.
Aims &. Objectives
To cater to the needs of the above differently abled children, The Coorg Foundation decided to start a Centre. Mis. TATA Coffee Ltd., has kindly agreed to spare their premises at Madapur Road, Suntikoppa. Swastha, Centre for Special Education and Rehabilitation, was started on 23rd August 2003 with the intention of educating, training and rehabilitating those children kept away from the mainstream of society because of mental and physical impairment which make them differently abled. Our aim is to develop their hidden talents and through special education give them a purpose towards a better life. With these ambitions in mind, Swastha came into existence.
The second unit was inaugurated on 27th February 2007, at Pollibetta. The Swastha's Rehabilitation Unit aims to minimize the impact of disability by improving the quality of life of the disabled individuals and thus achieve the goal of socio-economic independence with dignity and self-confidence.
Training and activities
Swastha was started with 20 children on its role, now providing the required care and training to about 125 Special children through its Centres in Suntikoppa and Pollibetta.
Children aged between 3 and 18 yrs are taken in the special school and above 18 yrs go into the rehabilitation centre. We recruited committed and trained personnel in all required areas like special educators, psychologists and speech therapist to work at our center. The centre at Suntikoppa is functions in two areas - special school and rehabilitation centre. The Centre at Poilibetta is a Rehabiliation Unit providing skill development and product making.
a. Special Education
At the Special School children are taught functional academics, reading, writing, communication skills, self-help, pre-vocational skills like money values, weights and measures etc. and vocational skills like making paper bags. Every child here is assessed for a period of two months after which individualized education plan for each child is prepared. After these basic skills are learnt by the children, they are sent to the rehabilitation centre for further training.
b. Rehabilitation Centre
The centre is providing various training programmes to the trainees in the rehabilitation centre. Each student is exposed to different vocational skills and allowed to pursue what they are interested in. The programmes are as follows:-
1. File and envelope making.
2. Offset & Screen Printing
3. Making of pressed flower greeting cards, table mats & gift tags.
5. Fashion designing & tailoring
6. Candle making
7. Mushroom cultivation.
The centre is offering the following acilities to the students:
1. Free boarding and lodging.
2. Free uniforms
3. Free education and training.
4. Free transportation facility to the day scholars.
5. Free medical checkups and free medicines to the boarders.
6. Free counseling to the students and parents by the experts.
The students are given opportunity to learn :-
a) Yoga, b) Dance, c) painting d) poultry e) apiary and f) gardening.
b) The children are also given opportunity to participate in debates, drawing and painting competitions and sports.
c) To involve the children in various cultural activities, we conduct Annual Day
Celebration, World Disabled Day, Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrations.