Entering into its 31st year, Astitva is an organization dedicated to the development of disabled. Secular in approach, caste, creed & religion play no role while admitting a student. The only parameters considered are the disability and toilet training of the student. Astitvais situated at Dombivli, a thriving suburban town on the central railway route of the Mumbai local train network. Prior to the setting up of Astitva, parents had to take their disabled children to Mumbai by local trains; an ordeal even for the normal human being. Two affected parents along with five others working in social organizations came together on 6th September, 1981 on the eve of World Handicapped Day and the same day, this organization was set up.
Sheltered Workshop (age group 18-21 years and no. of students – 49) Students above 21 years of age are accommodated in Workshop as far as possible. We have 56 such students currently in school. The intention behind this is to keep these students busy and enable them to earn their livelihood. The Government rules for the aided schools stipulate an age limit of 18 years. In the sheltered workshop, aid is available for those in the age group of 18-21 years.
Starting with just 22 mentally retarded students, currently the school has 170 students pursuing their education.
Education and training to the mentally retarded include teaching self-dependence, gaining control over natural body rhythms, keeping the body clean, bathing, cleaning teeth and dressing one-self. Their I.Q. being very low, a great care has to be taken while teaching the mentally retarded.
Starting with just 20 students in Deaf section, currently we have 83 students. The minimum age for giving admission to a child is 3 years. The Deaf students are imparted normal school education. They can excel in sports and arts due to their good grasping power. They can even run small businesses. Till today, 40 students have been able to complete 10th grade curriculum.
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