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Abled Differently

December 3, 2011

The National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped does stalwart service to the country. Established in the year 1984 at Manovikasnagar, Secunderabad, the  NIMH is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. It is dedicated to services for persons with mental retardation.

NIMH has three regional centers located at New Delhi, Kolkata, & Mumbai, and the NIMH Model Special Education Center located at New Delhi. The Institute endeavors to excel in building capacities to empower persons with mental retardation. Since the quality of life of every person with mental retardation is equal to other citizens in the country, in that they live independently to the maximum extent possible and through constant professional endeavors, National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped empowers the persons with mental retardation to access the state of the art rehabilitation intervention viz., educational, therapeutic, vocational, employment, leisure and social activities, sports, cultural programmes and full participation. The objectives for which NIMH works are listed as under:-

OBJECTIVES

  • Human Resources Development
  • Research and Development
  • Development of models of care and rehabilitation.
  • Documentation and dissemination.
  • Consultancy services to voluntary organizations
  • Community Based Rehabilitation
  • Extension and Outreach programmes
Today (3 December) is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, and to celebrate the awareness of the needs of persons with different abilities, the NIMH released three new books, Manuals on Early Intervention to Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delay- Series 1, volumes 1-3.
The amazing thing is that these books are freely available to the public at large since this is such an important and poorly researched and understood area. Already having published over 125 such manuals and books, the NIMH is particularly well suited to the detection of learning disabilities, and manuals like these are of immense value to early educationists everywhere. These books- and their companions in the NIMH library- are an invaluable tool for schools everywhere, and they can be had for the asking if you write to the Director, NIMH in Secunderabad.
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