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Special Education in Navi Mumbai

Internship and Volunteering Possible
In Navi Mumbai, we can arrange internships and volunteer placements at two facilities for persons with disabilities, providing vocational training, therapy and education to persons with special needs as well as counseling and guidance to their families. At both facilities there are qualified staff of various subject areas to supervise your internship placement!

Project Details


Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan - School & Vocational Training

Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan is an organization committed to education and integration of children with special needs into society. Since 1989, the organization operates a school for children with special needs in Belapur, a suburb of Navi Mumbai, in addition to other facilities.
At the school, there are 127 pupils and 41 young people who attend vocational training. Every student gets an educational plan, specifically designed to fit his or her special needs, aiming at the development of his or her personal strengths and abilities. Besides the schoolroom classes, there is occupational therapy, psychological counselling and support, IT training, activities related to arts, handcrafts, music and sports, amongst other leisure activities including students, teachers and parents.
44 employees, including 15 special education teachers, a handicraft teacher, an occupational therapist, a music teacher, an art teacher, a computer teacher and a speech therapist work at the school. In addition, there are regularly changing physical therapists; these are young professionals of Terna Medical College .
There is a morning and an afternoon cycle for teaching: From 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., the classes held are standards 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10; 12.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. are standards 1, 2, 5 and 6. Two buses pick and drop the kids everyday.
Every Tuesday, one of the girls participates in an international swimming competition.
Once the students reach the age of 18, they change to the Vocational Centre where vocational skills are taught, with the aim to provide the students with an income and economic independence. The vocational training includes painting, making paper bags and jewelry, producing food items such as chocolate and spices, and handcrafts such as door mats, torans (Hindu decoration), wall carpets, products from linen such as bed-sheets, and seasonal products such as Diya Candles for the Diwali celebrations.
Volunteers and interns can participate in special education, occupational therapy and vocational training. The centres have qualified staff with MA degrees in Special Education and BA in Education. Any person who sees himself/herself able to contribute something meaningful to the described activities can volunteer, for instance offering leisure activities.

Education, Training & Service Centre for Persons with Disabilities (ETC)

ETC - Education, Training & Service Centre for Persons with Disabilities - provides therapy, intervention, vocational training and education to persons with disabilities of all ages.
ETC is located at a 5-storey building in Vashi, offering information, counseling, guidance and various therapy and intervention services for children with hearing disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual disabilities, slow learning, autism, Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities, in a barrier-free environment.
A focus is put on early childhood intervention programs starting from starting from year 0, as well as on children with disabilities, but generally the services of ETC are open to persons with disabilities from all age ranges.
At many facilities and programs for special needs in India, segregated education is still prevalent. ETC however tries to promote integrative and inclusive education options.
ETC’s main therapy services include: Auditory training, speech & language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, art & music therapy, as well as psychology counseling & guidance (assessment, testing, vocational and career counseling etc.), and regular health checkups.
Since it is difficult for some parents to travel with a special needs child using the crowded public transport of Mumbai, ETC provides a door-to-door transportation service to its students. Furthermore, it offers home based training programs to those persons who cannot attend the programs at the ETC Center.
Parents of special needs children can get training, counseling and guidance at ETC in order to have a better understanding of the child’s needs.
For students above the age of 14, ETC offers vocational training services. Students are trained in various professional skills like screen printing, candle making, jewelry making, plant nursery, cooking, making gift items etc.
During summer and Diwali vacations, ETC offers Summer Assessments & Intervention Camps for children with disability who are on the waiting list for the ETC programs, where assessments and home exercise education programs are provided.
Internships and volunteer placements in special education, speech & language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are possible at ETC. There are qualified staff members of various subject areas to supervise your internship placement.
ETC Center is particularly looking for volunteers who can provide individual support to students during lessons and who can take full time care of one student. Any person who sees himself/herself able to contribute something meaningful to the described activities can volunteer.
Info Box
Location: Navi Mumbai, India
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Od Advantage: Hindi, Marathi
Shared Accommodation, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Special Education Teachers,  Educator
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification Of Volunteer: None
Further a Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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