Disha Charitable Trust

Mission: Empower those mentally challenged through training, care, and social integration. Make them self-reliant and contributing to the society.

DISHA CHARITABLE TRUST is a voluntary organization based in Panaji (Goa, India.) The trust was formed in 1994 when a group of parents of mentally disadvantaged children, felt the urgent necessity to initiate an awareness programme in the field of mental retardation, and to have a permanent institution which would provide the emotional, educational, and conducive environmental needs, which play a key role in the rehabilitation and social integration of the mentally impaired individuals.
Disha Charitable Trust aims at teaching adaptive living skills necessary to decrease dependence of the mentally challenged individuals by incorporating motor, sensory, communication, social, personal and self help skills into activities of everyday life of the child. Disha began with just two students, but at present care for 56 mentally challenged students who are ably supervised by a team of 13 staff members . Assessment is done at the beginning and at the end of each academic year and accordingly, in consultation with the respective parents, an Individualized Educational Programme is prepared so that goals are easily achievable.
DISHA dreams of converting the Vocational Training Centre into a full fledged sheltered workshop. To open a residential home and respite care centre for needy mentally challenged children. To create infrastructure to carry out survey for early detection and provide Home Bound Programme wherein we can reach out to the children in their homes. To have a Training college for special educationist and related professionals.

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