At its Bengaluru campus, APD has run a model, inclusive school since 1973. Non-disabled children study here along with students with CP, hearing impairment and severe and multiple disabilities.
165 students in classes from kindergarten through Std. VII, study under the regular state SSLC curriculum, benefiting from APD’s health and therapeutic intervention, mid day meal programme, trained staff and teaching methods that are designed to overcome the challenges of each child’s unique disability and leverage his highest learning potential.
Using visual aids and computer aided tools, emphasizing on training and empowerment of parents; APD has evolved effective education support systems and alternative learning options.
Almost every single child in Shradhanjali eventually moves on to a regular or special school, through APD’s sustained collaboration and networking across the education system. Students unable to join mainstream institutions are enrolled in pre vocational training or alternate learning programmes.
Back to School
Hemanth was born with cerebral palsy. His family lives off the money his father makes selling snacks from a pushcart. His parents took their son to doctors and “god-men” before they brought him to APD. There they confronted the bitter truth. Hemanth’s condition was going to be permanent. He needed specialized help.
When his mother had enrolled him in a regular school, Hemanth found it impossible to learn anything. The school relegated him to a forgotten corner. APD invited Hemanth into the special environment of Shradhanjali.
Here he received individual attention and was encouraged to experiment with alternate learning methods. Writing assignments and speech therapy improved his communication skills. Physiotherapy worked on his body co-ordination.
When Hemanth joined SIS in 2006, his parents didn’t have much hope. In 2010, the young lad passed out of SIS, completing Std. VII and received admission in a mainstream school. Along with his family, Hemanth will always look back fondly at the 4 years at Shraddhanjali that changed his life.