CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Children Left Behind is actively involved in improving the lives and education of children with intellectual and physical disabilities in developing countries.
Often in developing countries it is believed that having a disability is due to a curse or karma, and those with disabilities are often hidden or shunned from society.
Through partnership with existing local social service entities, facility administrators and other charitable organizations, Children Left Behind helps to assess and meet the many needs and challenges facing these children. Children Left Behind believes that every child is precious and deserves the best possible opportunities in life.
Children Left Behind also recognizes the need for expanding community awareness and inclusion in these countries in order to promote more supported home based services, employment opportunities and day treatment programs. With appropriate intervention, education and resources provided to families, many children with disabilities will be able to live and function within the context of their own families and communities.
In developing countries around the World, families of children with special needs often do not have the ability or resources to care for them at home. Many of these children are then placed in under-staffed, overcrowded and under-funded orphanages and other residential facilities. Children with Down’s syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities are often isolated in these environments, receiving only minimal care and attention. There is a great need for special education services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, medical care and vocational training. When these needs are not addressed, many children with special needs in these countries cannot thrive or reach their full potential.
Children Left Behind Provides:
- Special Education services through the Child Guidance Center Schools* in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States in South India
- Adaptive wheelchairs, educational and recreational equipment, sensory toys Building materials for ongoing facility improvements Volunteer teams who provide special education, occupational therapy, medical care, and caregiver assistance
- Volunteer teams that assist with maintenance and building projects
- Support and encouragement to facility administrators and staff
- Direct financial support which contributes to utility expenses, building materials, clothing and diapers
* The Child Guidance Center encompasses 14 boarding schools for children with disabilities, providing lodging and meals as well as medical care and education appropriate to the ability of each student. A 15th boarding school is currently under construction. See the Partnerships page for details.