Parents …the vulnerable tribe.

Few days back I received a call. A day before I had   returned home after my knee replacement surgery. Though I was in lot of pain, I picked up the call though it was from an unknown number only to learn few  new things about parent behaviour.

It was from a parent..a mother. From the tone itself, I could make out that she was stressed. She wanted to know what my organisation ChildRaise offered to children with special needs. I told her in short that we provide educational guidance, remediation etc. But asked her to elaborate on her child’s age, special needs needs so can guide her accordingly. I also asked her place of residence so can suggest child guidance centres nearby. Instead of providing this important information to me , she in an agitated tone told me that I am not forthcoming about telling her details about our organisation.

I had to remind her that she had made a call on my mobile phone unannounced without even asking me  whether I was free to talk in detail at that time even after repeatedly telling her to call our centre landline number & our Toll free Disability Helpline no. for details.

Few to & fro words ensued. And it surely left a little bitter taste.

Though I really felt bad about this, it really spelt the need for telephone manners, making your requests reasonable even though you are undergoing some amount of stress.



Everyone likes a success story

Who doesn’t like a success story? But this story is one with success written all over.

A very special one indeed!

This seemingly very shy, timid lady came to me some years back with my relative’s reference. She told me in a very straight forward manner that she was a single mother who had a mentally challenged son with a speech impairment. She also had a younger daughter & was now staying with her aged mother. What struck me was that she was not wallowing in self pity but was very matter of fact and was asking what to do NEXT?

And this is what prompted me to help her not only financially but by way of advise and guidance.  ChildRaise took care of her son’s studies for few years. Before he could turn 18, she shifted him to a pre vocational centre. Unlike the special school, this pre-voc centre was relatively far away. As they stayed near my residence,  I used to meet the kid sometimes when he used to wait for his pick up van . Whenever he saw me, his eyes used to lit up . In his own language, he used to update me, introduce me to his friends etc.

Yesterday, I had a surprise visitor. This  same lady but with a smile. She came to inform me that her son was now out of pre voc centre  & guess what? He was working with some food chain packing their groceries, grains etc. He was travelling for considerable amount of time, changing two trains & reaching his workplace. I was amazed.

Here was a mother who is not highly educated, is not having a very conducive atmosphere around. But she knew exactly that whatever happens she had to make her son independent. She could give lessons on Empowerment.

Now, I have told her to get her son visit  me one day so I can again see his lighted eyes & animated chatter . … perhaps this is what kept the mother going inspite of hardship!

Isn’t this a beautiful success story? story with a happy ending.


How Can I Trust?

It happened two days back but I am still under shock.. not because of the theft but the sheer callousness & the way it happened.
While coming to office, our ChildRaise peon Kalpesh always calls me to inquire whether anything has to be collected enroute. The day before he was talking to me & while talking suddenly the call got disconnected. I tried several times but immediately the message was that he was out of coverage range. I had no choice but to wait.
And this wait was troublesome … why ?Because he has active epilepsy & somehow I knew he had a seizure while talking to me. Can you imagine what happened to him while he was having a seizure? Unbelievable & shameful. He was robbed of his mobile phone!
Instead of helping him to recover from seizure, this thief had his pervert opportunity to steal. And how much he would have got ? a mere 100, 150 Rs. in return for that simple handset ?
Luckily, Kalpesh recovers fast from seizures & bounces back to life. We have given him another handset for the time being & life is back to normal…on surface. But his words ring in my ear- “I am doubly disturbed … realising that having a seizure means you are yet to gain seizure control, secondly, this is more frightening…if I am to get a major attack on the road, can I trust people to help me?

My learning today from my student

I had a remedial session with my student. He came ,  obediently sat down in his chair. As usual we started with our warming up activities. He finished with his  pre writing activities. We were to begin with more complex tasks and he requested me to stop. He wanted a break. He said he was a bit tired. I said he could take a five minute break or we could do some other simpler activity & the proceed.  He said actually he was hungry.

In our centre , we have a small kitchenette. He directed me there.  Usually we have some snacks for the staff as well as the kids if need be. He asked me if I have biscuits. I said yes. I was very happy that I had bought a new biscuit brand with some chocolate filling  & it will be of some use. I could even use that as a reinforcer if this kid  was a bit distracted  to complete the session.

I offered him the biscuit & to my amazement  he said “I do not have biscuits with chocolates or which are with lot of sugar & cream”. Here, in my centre he could have easily accepted it without anyone’s knowledge.

An eight year old was teaching me what Self Control is all about!

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It is time to Celebrate!! The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha!

People from Disability sector are rejoicing!! The Rights of persons with Disabilities Bill is an Act now & it replaces Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995

The Disability Act of 1995 was  archaic as it included only seven categories. The new  #RPwD covers 21 categories and includes acid attack victims, autism, blood disorders, dwarfism and learning disabilities, which were earlier missing from the act.
 Parliament on Friday  16th December 2016 passed the disabilities bill which stipulates up to two year jail term and a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.
The Lok Sabha passed the bill within two hours after a short debate on the last day of the session with the treasury and opposition benches, who have been at loggerheads over demonetisation and other issues, joining hands to clear the legislation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House during the passage of the bill.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha too had witnessed similar bonhomie for passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016.

Replying to the debate, minister of social justice and empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot announced that a scheme of ‘universal identity card for the disabled’ is on the anvil and an agency has already been finalised for the purpose.

The proposed card would also be linked to the Aadhar card to help the disabled all over the country in a seamless fashion, he said.

Gehlot said the universal identity card is being worked upon to overcome the problem of disability certificate being faced by those affected.

He said the government has joined hands with German and British firms for making available state-of-the-art limbs to the disabled wherever possible.

The Lok Sabha witnessed a division on an amendment by Congress and TRS members seeking to raise the reservation in the bill from 4 to 5 per cent. It was defeated by 121 to 43 votes. KC Venugopal of the Congress who had given the amendment pressed for the division.

Members from both sides supported the bill but suggested certain changes to improve the measure.

The bill, which aims at securing and enhancing the rights and entitlements of disabled persons, also gives effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related matters.

It provides for imprisonment of at least six months up to two years, along with a fine ranging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.

Moving the bill for consideration and passage today, Gehlot said out of 82 recommendations made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, 59 were accepted by the Government.

The bill, he said, has increased the number of categories of disabled persons to 21.

The Union Cabinet had earlier approved these amendments to the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPWD) Bill, 2014, that had replaced the 1995 Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act.

In the bill, disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept and the types of disabilities have been increased from existing seven to 21. The Centre will have the power to add more types of disabilities to it.

The types of disabilities now include mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, chronic neurological conditions.

It also strengthens the office of chief commissioner and state commissioners for Persons with Disabilities which will act as regulatory bodies.

The bill was examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee last year. Then, a Group of Ministers, headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, examined its provisions and sent their recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office.









Ability over Disability…

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” » Scott Hamilton

Disabilities. You can see some and some you just cannot. For normal people, it’s easy to spot a mental or a physical disability in a person. Epilepsy is one such condition which is not easily visible unless the person has an attack and you witness it.

We at ChildRaise try to help and empower the ‘differently-abled’. Yes, differently-abled because although they different, they are absolutely ‘able’ to pursue what suits best for them!

Let’s talk about Epilepsy today. Epilepsy is a neurological condition where the person has a momentary seizure, depending on the type and severity of the condition.

This is Kalpesh. He is our Man Friday at ChildRaise.


He has active epilepsy. But that does not stop him from putting in his best. His schedule starts early in the morning, when he goes to pick up the vegetables in bulk for his family business. He cleans, helps in setting up the stall.

On the dot, he comes to ChildRaise office. Right from keeping our office spick & span to paying bills, he does it all. Recently, Kalpesh showed keen interest in making newspaper bags. To help him further, we looked up simple, DIY videos which taught him how to go about the entire process.

Here’s how he makes Paper Bags:

  1. Take two thick sheets of a newspaper and fold the edges on either sides 20160721_112029
  2. As you keep folding it, apply Fevicol so that the folds stick firmly together 20160721_112341
  3. Make two inward folds and stick the folds at the bottom of the bag 20160721_112053
  4. Cut two broad strips of a cardpaper, apply Fevicol on one side to stick them on insides of the bag 
  5. Take a string and cut it into two halves. In the meanwhile, once you’re done sticking the cardpaper, punch the sides of the bag to pass a string as handles of the bag 

    6. Your bag is ready!


With his dedication, involvement, he is an asset to ChildRaise and a fine example to others!


Brace(let) yourselves for Friendship Day & Rakshabandhan with ChildRaise!

August is here and so is Friendship Day on Sunday, August 7th & Rakshabandhan on Thursday, August 18th. Both these days are special in our lives. Have you thought about how you can make these days extra-special?

We have an answer! Take a look at these beautiful bracelets. Do you know who’s made them?

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He is Sumukh Dadrawala, a young man in his 20s who happens to have Cerebral Palsy. He has completed his schooling from Punarvas Special School in Goregaon, Mumbai. Due to Cerebral Palsy, his movements have limitations but that has not limited his dreams! Sumukh wanted to study further and expand his horizons. So he enrolled in Yashwantrao Chavan Open University. Guess what? He completed B.A. with First Class. Further, Sumukh completed some basic computer courses & honed his skills so he could enter mainstream employment arena.


Sumukh was directed to us by an activist parent. He called me up with a lot of hope & introduced himself to us. He insisted that we give him some work to do. We did not have much work which he could do from home at that point of time. Sumukh was persistent and insisted that we give him some work. We were extremely impressed with his determination to work, thus our association began.

One day, Sumukh came to our office with his mother who has always supported him in all his endeavors. He learnt how to send emails, SMS messages to our Disability Helpline – DISHA callers and continued to do so with great commitment.

He has created an everlasting bond with us. We have great admiration for him and his fortitude, commitment, warmth, creativity, positivity and zest for life. Presently, he goes to a sheltered workshop to make beautiful bracelets/ bands. Sumukh will be very happy if you appreciate his work. He has put his heart & soul into this piece of art. We’re sure that you will reach out to Sumukh.
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Make your Friendship Day & Rakshabandhan all the more special by buying this beautiful band that will create an everlasting bond between Him & You.

Contact us on: +918898785000 to make a purchase!

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