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Spastics Society of KarnatakaOnce upon a time it was known as "Little's Disease". Sometime around the middle of the eighteenth century, an English orthopedic surgeon named Dr. William Little first discovered abnormal disorders in children. This phenomenon that caused stiffening of muscles in the hands and legs he described as a "peculiar distortion" affecting newborn children. Dr. William Osler, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was the first to coin the word "Cerebral Palsy". Meanwhile theories and theories were abounding on what caused Cerebral Palsy and its roots, whether it could or couldn't be cured. Research proved it couldn't. However, it was Dr. Winthrop Phelps who actually came to this conclusion in the 1930s that children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy could in fact be helped with proper therapy from an early age.

Spastics Society of KarnatakaMithu Alur was one such person quite convinced that proper therapy; better understanding of their needs and practical support could indeed be the spastic child's 'elixir of life'. Her child had Cerebral Palsy and hence could feel the emotional and physical demands, both for her child as well as herself as a parent. That's what prompted her to start the first Spastic Society in 1973, in Bombay. Till then there was total ignorance on this disorder. Starting with a handful of children and committed teachers and therapists, the Society grew and branched out into other Indian cities.

The Spastics Society of Karnataka, was set up in Bangalore in 1981. It is a non-government organization offering services to infants, children and young adults with special needs. The center provides services to children with Development Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Neuro Muscular Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders, Autism and Mentally Challenged. The programme for every individual child encompasses a range of need based specialized training provided by a core group of dedicated medical, paramedical, special education professionals and committed volunteers working with the team.

Spastics Society of KarnatakaThe Centre for Special Education is the school. This 5-day a week day-centre operates between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm for students in the age groups of 4 to 25 years. The focus is on maximum independence and self-care, communication, syllabus/need based education, survival skills and above all confidence to face the world and its challenges.

The Non-Formal Section is meant for children who require intensive training in functional literacy and pre-vocational activities. Self help skills, communication, social/emotional skills, art, games, cooking and home skills form part of the curriculum.

The Formal Education Unit of the Centre caters to the needs of educable adolescent children. The curriculum aims at focusing on the Academic achievement to the maximum extent possible with a hope that many of them can get integrated into the community. Besides preparing them with social, communication, computer skills, functional academics the emphasis is to develop the overall personality development of the student.

Give them their rights...
They can! if given a chance...
Spastics Society of Karnataka...
"He's extremely brilliant"...
They make it happen...
Help boost their self-esteem...
Grounded in reality...
Making a point or two...
What's it like as a parent...

"For me it's a Mission..."
Meet Mrs. Rukmini Krishnaswamy
Director, The Spastics Society of Karnataka

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Reaching Out...
Spasticity in children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy can vary in severity and no single treatment method can suit all. Each year the Spastics Society of Karnataka provides treatment and rehabilitation to hundreds of new cases at The Diagnostic and Research Centre located in Bangalore. 'OUTREACH' is the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBR) where technical support is given by a mobile team from the Spastics Society of Karnataka. The members of the staff actually go to the villages and slums and work directly with people having disabilities. The concentration is on Community organization and participation and includes regular therapeutic, special education and medical follow-up.
In Bangalore itself, the Spastics Society of Karnataka has extended their support to quite a few institutions, voluntary organizations, schools and hospitals. The teams visit these places evaluating children, identifying their needs; suggest programs, train staff and parents. The Spastics Society of Karnataka has also helped in the setting up of Spastics Societies in many parts of South India.

 
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