ANNUAL REPORT OF AUGUST 2015-JUNE 2016.
AURA Center reopened after summer vacations on 3rd August 2015 to offer the services of Therapy, Rehabilitation and Inclusive education to the Differently Able Children & Adolescents along with the underprivileged Street children from the neighborhood.Total number of children and adolescents suffering from Cerebral Palsy, enrolled at this time were 78 and 53 were normal street children. The number of staff members employed to facilitate as service providers were 66.
Multifaceted Services provided are:
Therapy and Rehabilitation for Children suffering from Cerebral Palsy (based on BOBATH concept of Neuro Developmental Techniques NDT) and Special Education. This has been expanded and modified through the years of learning by experience and implementing internationally conducted research programs on the subject.
- Inclusive Education Program (Nursery to Class 3) for 5 mild to moderately affected C.P. children integrated with 53 normal children to the like of mainstream Primary school in a healthy environment.
- Door step to door step Pick & Drop Service by our fleet of vans, experienced drivers and manned by an Attendant each is one of the essential service.
According to the Admission/ Discharge policy, 28 children who had attained maximum potential of their abilities, mentally & physically and could not be helped further by the services provided at AURA, had to be discharged and either referred to centers catering to their further needs or sent home with the parents consent. New Admissions were given to 7 children after compulsory first assessment.
Out of 78 enrolled C.P children, only 25 are paying ‘full’ fee of Rs 3000.00 for therapy & rehabilitation services and Rs 1000.00 for pick & drop van service. (A subsidized amount of Rs 4000.00) Whereas the expenditure per child is Rs 15000.00 per month. Rest of the children are either Free or paying nominal fee according to the parents’ affordability. The Normal Street Children are availing the Primary Education service free of cost. (Including uniforms, books, stationary and healthy snacks).
First Assessments by prior appointment, for 3-4 children were done every working Friday, followed by Parent counseling and home program. Basic compulsory investigations were done for the children eligible for admission.
In-service ‘on the job’ training of Technical and non-technical staff has been mandatory and was conducted according to the schedule. (Weekly on Fridays and annually during the first month of summer vacation.)
As has been the custom for the past two decades, AURA has been providing ‘hands on Training to visiting students from other institutions. These include:
- Department of Occupational Therapy, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC)
- Dow University of Health Sciences
- Department of Physical Therapy, Ziauddin University.
- Department of Special Education, (Research& training) Karachi University
- Department of Bio Chemistry, (Research) Karachi University
- Social Internship for final/fourth Year Students of BBA from IBA (Institute of Business Administration). Internees from Habib University Karachi.