Asha Rehabilitation Centre
The Asha Rehabilitation Centre, Happy Valley, Shillong, popularly called the 'Asha School, Shillong' was established on 01 Sep 98 to look after the welfare of the physically and mentally challenged children of serving soldiers and the Ex-servicemen of Army as well as Paramilitary forces posted at Shillong. It was also aimed at providing quality care for such students belonging to the Civil Defence personnel as well as the civilians based at Shillong. The School was established within the cool environs of 58 Gorkha Training Centre (58 G.T.C.) located at Happy Valley, Shillong under the aegis of Headquarters 101 Area, Shillong. The need for such a noble venture was first felt by Maj Gen Hari Uniyal, former General Officer Commanding of 101 Area. The Asha School was inaugurated on 31 August 1998 by Mrs Mona Kalkat, President Army Wives Welfare Association Eastern Command, Kolkata.
Aim: The aim of this Standard Operating Procedure is to lay down guidelines which shall govern the day to day functioning and administration of 'Asha School, Shillong' in order to ensure that the school achieves its terminal objectives of effective rehabilitation of specially abled children of all ranks of army, paramilitary forces, civil defence personnel and civilians residing in Shillong.
Registration of Asha School Shillong
The Asha School Shillong was first registered with the Office of the Registrar of Societies, Government of Meghalaya as 'Asha Rehabilitation Centre, 58 Gorkha Training Centre, Happy Valley, Shillong' under the Meghalaya Societies Registration Act XII of 1983 vide Registration Number SR/ARC-632/98 on 27th November 1998.
The School is also recognized by the Directorate of Social Welfare, Shillong under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act 1995 as a Rehabilitation Centre for the persons with disability vide Registration number SW/HP.9/92/Pt.III/561 dated 10 March 2005.
The Asha School Shillong has been registered with the Office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Shillong under Section 12AA and under Section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961of the Income Tax Act 1961 wef Year 2010 - 2011 vide Registration No 70/12AA/CIT(TECH)/SHG/10-11/1607-10 dated 30 May 2011.
The objectives which have been set for Asha School Shillong are in conformation to the objectives laid down for the Special Schools by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment under Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme. The school is aimed at bringing about feasible improvement in the lives of the specially - abled children through acquiring skills as basic as activities of daily living to their integration into regular institutions of learning and society in general. The Asha School Shillong caters to children with all types of disabilities except Visual Impairment, which includes disabilities like Multiple Disabilities, Mental Retardation (M.R.), Hearing Impairment (H.I.), Orthopedically Handicapped and others. The objectives of the School are as under:-
- To undertake a proper assessment and diagnosis of each child
- To identify the psychological and therapeutic needs of the child
- To assess the capacity of each child and place them in different groups
- To manage behavioral problems of the Mentally Challenged children and to impart special skills, self-help skills and to cater to their therapeutic needs
- To give special impetus to the improvement of the communication skills of the Mental Retardation child
- To empower and enable the Hearing Impairment child through access to special education to be productive citizens
- To impart age appropriate knowledge and pragmatic knowledge
- To help Hearing Impairmen child to make use of their residual hearing to the maximum possible extent and to assist them to acquire receptive and expressive language skills
- To manage the educational and vocational needs of these children