Intact Special School (ISS)

Intact Special School (ISS) is a residential school for children with intel¬lectual disabilities between the ages of 3–14 located in the city of Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) in the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu. The school provides life-oriented education, training in daily living skills along with vocational training in preparation for adult¬hood.

The Intact Special School was founded in year 1995 and today serves more than 70 children with intellectual disabilities and associated problems. Children are admitted on the basis of IQ assessment and those with an IQ level between 51–79 are admitted. This in¬cludes children with Down’s Syndrome, autism, mild cerebral palsy, and children with multiple problems. Priority is given to the abandoned, economically poor and rural children who are deprived of rehabilitation opportunities.

A child’s story

In 18th August 2008 there is a girl with mental retardation who was wandering here and there in Trichirappalli- Salem main road, Vathalai village. That time one of road pedestrian look at that girl and produced her in the local police station. The station police inspector admitted the girl in a school for child labor eradication where they named her as Saranya after few days back they felt difficult to manage her because she recquired special education for it’s improve daily living skills then the school management informed this matter during district Tiruchirappalli district collector meeting. The district collector contact with District Differently abled welfare office to know about boarding school for special children. The officer referred Intact Special and she was brought to the hostel by office bearer. She under went special training and necessary therapeutic training in the school she had been improved in her lacking areas after the adolescent she is caring by under Intact Adult Girls Home from 2012 March onwards her basic living requirements all are met by INTACT.

Methodology

Children are trained in academic and non-academic skills. The general pattern of work is activity followed by rest. Individual programmes, based on Madras De¬velopment Programming System (MDPS) are made to suit the special needs of the children according to their chronological age and Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The goals set for each child aims to impart 15 skills during the year and an evaluation is conducted three times per year. The assessment of the child is based on obser¬vation of behaviour that occur in the routines of daily lives and parents, relatives, teachers, physicians, who have directly observed the child’s behaviour are consulted.

Therapy

The school has a full-time physical therapist on staff who works individually with the children, oversees and recommends alternate therapies available at the school, such as speech therapy, yoga, swimming, mu¬sic, sensory stimulation, speech and hippo therapy. Hippotherapy is provided with a therapy centre maintained by the Swedish organization Intact EQ, a part of Intacts Vänner.

Rehabilitation

The aim is for each individual child to be rehabilitated to the nearest point of normalcy. When the children reach 10 year’s of age school takes efforts to identify the child’s special skills to provide opportunities and experience for future vocational training.

Staff

The school has 10 dedicated staff, including a head master, 5 special educators, 3 trained teacher, two full-time physiotherapists, speech therapist and a driver. For the children who reside in the hostel, there are 5 residential staff to care for the children in the hostel.

About Intact

Intact (Integrated Action Trust), a non-profit, charity organization, was established in 1992 by Thomas Ebenezer who, by helping those in need of food, shel¬ter and a sense of security, is living his dream.

Intact works to empower marginalised individuals in society, with focus on people with in¬tellectual disabilities, mountain tribes and poor wom¬en, by creating opportunities for independent living.

We want to achieve a society where everyone, re¬gardless of caste, ethnicity, gender, religion, colour and ability is accepted and given equal opportunities to devel¬op to their full potential – without discrimination.