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       Bhumika Foundation   located at Navi Mumbai is a residential setup and is a home for rehabilitation for Adults with special needs (Disability) namely Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and others. The foundation focuses on Disability Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation, Academics, Research and training of Independent Living Skills. We deliver services through evidence based practise, with a team of experts that includes Rehabilitation Psychologists, Medical Practitioners, Counsellors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Vocational Trainers, Special Educators and Researchers competent in the field. We follow the Total Quality Rehabilitation Management (TQRM) model that carries current evidence to the Adult Individual with special needs that suits them the best. Since every individual needs vary to possess skills that assist in normal living, we work on job placement analysis, and physical and psychological conditioning to boost the performance with respect to independent living. We also use yoga and meditation as one of the mediums to boost an individual’s well-being.

Our Motto

  • Care the child and share the knowledge.

Our Vision and Mission

  • To provide Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living,that seeks to restore disabled individuals to their optimal physical, mental, social, vocational and economic stability.

  • Help the adults with special needs become a contributing member to the society with respect, along with psychosocial well-being of parents & siblings.

Vocational Rehabilitation

          Parents of individuals with special needs are indeed very strong parents mentally, but one thing that always looms in their mind largely is who will take care of their kid after them. The understanding and care the parents provide may not always be given by friends and family for a long time. This is where Bhumika Foundation comes to aid the parents and put their worries to rest. We cater to Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living for adult individuals with special needs, to lead an independent life with respect long after their parents are not around.

Bhumika Foundation focuses on Vocational Rehabilitation that refers to restore disabled individuals to their optimal physical, mental, social, vocational and economic ability.

Objective of Vocational training:

       Skill training program is easy to replicate as its structures on concrete mental operations with minimal abstraction and judgment capacity. The whole task is divided in sub units and put in an order of simple to complex. Trainees learn the entire series of operations as defined and put in a predictable order, teaching and learning skills and other assistance with the rehabilitation professionals can lead to successful accomplishment of learning. Choice of Trade is subjected to the availability.

       We focus on developing prevocational skills, which facilitates vocational learning by enabling them to follow discipline and group norms. The advantage of exposing them to varied planned vocational activities is that they understand their interests and aptitudes, providing a sense of self identity and self-direction. Ultimately it helps them understand the demands of social and work environment. By applying vocational learning they also strengthen their fine and gross motor skills and work demands.
Adults who need higher interventions from the staff continue to create value in an activity centre, where the environment is more relaxed and concentrates on self-help skills. Our learning centre focuses on two age groups namely, individuals of 14yrs – 18yrs and individuals of 18yrs and above.

Life Skill Training:

       There is a life beyond vocational training and we strive to strengthen all aspects of our trainees’ life, make him self sufficient, confident for an independent living. Life skills include a wide range of knowledge and skills essential for adult living. Our trainees are encouraged to express their emotions. Sometimes they deal with it through withdrawal or disruptive behaviour. In all cases, it prevents them from understanding social situations and may serve as a barrier to gaining the exposure to the relationships or the social interactions that they may actually crave. The life skill areas that are addressed are Personal adequacy, Social and emotional expression, Physical Fitness, Cognitive Enhancement, Behavioural Engineering.

Hospitality Training:

       Students are assessed for prerequisites to enrol to hospitality training. The training is based on the field requirement and a simulated scenario is created to train for the appropriate responses. The training is done by a group of rehabilitation and field specific professionals.

Bhumika Adult Independent living Centre (BAIL Centre) :

Independent Living can be defined as a community based program with substantial consumer involvement that provides direct or indirect services (through referral) for people with severe disabilities.

These services are intended to

  • Increase Self Determination.
  • Promote Independence.
  • Develop Self-Help skills
  • Psycho social well-being of parents and siblings

Independent living assessment includes personal hygiene, medication management, problem solving and decision making skills, social skills, housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, money management, telephone skills, and emergency procedures.

Services typically provide include

  • Housing
  • Attendant care
  • Reading or interpreting
  • Information about other necessary goods & services
  • Transportation
  • Peer counseling
  • Advocacy or political action
  • Training in IL skills
  • Equipment maintenance & repairs
  • Social & recreational activities

Structure of Training:

A comprehensive approach to training where family’s inputs along with the expert opinion play a significant role in designing the individual training program as illustrated in figure:

Rural Livelihoods:

  • Farm based
  • Animal husbandry
  • Non-farm based (cottage industry, trading)

Urban Area options:

  • Formal sector – government sector, private sector, small scale industries
  • Informal sector – with contractors, shops, establishments, in households.

Sheltered employment:

  • For multiple and severely disabled
  • Objective – provide fulfillment, job satisfaction and training on an ongoing basis for personal development in order that the person realizes his/her full potential.

Self Employement:

  • By offering credit linkages (through microfinance in rural areas) and direct lending where there are various ways of promoting employement.

Policy Framework:

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2006

  • This Act implements for Impowerment of persons with disabilities(PWD) with respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons. The Act lays stress on non-discrimination, full and effective participation and inclusion in the society ,respect for difference and acceptance of disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity,equality of opportunity, accessibility,equality between men and women, respect for evolving capacities of children with disabilites, and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities. The principle reflects a paradigm shift in thinking about disability from a social welfare concern to a human right issue.

UN Convention on the Rirght of Persons with Disability

  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law. The Convention has served as the major catalyst in the global movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing them as full and equal members of society, with human rights. It is also the only UN human rights instrument with an explicit sustainable development dimension.

The National Policy for Persons with Disabilities, 2006

  • Recognizes PwDs as a valuable resource.
  • Seeks to create an environment that provides them with equal opportunities, protection of their rights and full participation in the society.
  • Physical Rehabilitation: Early detection and intervention, counseling and medical interventions, provisions of aids and appliances, development of rehabilitation professionals.
  • Economic Rehabilitation: for a dignified life in society.
  • Education Rehabilitation: includes vocational training.

In conclusion:

Although most people with disabilities are able to maintain the capacity to make decisions concerning their needs and life styles, they may need time to be educated and empowered about new roles and options in learning to cope with disability.

  • Village-Kolwadi, Panvel – Walap road,
  • Opp. Sanjay Gandhi Smarak High School,
  • Post- Padghe, Taluka- Panvel, Dist- Raigad.
  • Pin code: 410206. Maharashtra.

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