- a. ASHAKENDRAM
- b. Developmental Centre for the Mentally Retarded (DCMR)
c. Jeevan Prakash Child Centre
- d. Agricultural-Horticultural Unit at Kuttichal,Trivandrum
- e. Freedom Centres
Ashakendram at Cochin was the first special school-cum- rehabilitation centre of CIMR started in Kerala. It was established in the year 1980. The institute is located at Cochin in a spacious campus with facilities for special education, vocational training and medical rehabilitation. A dedicated team of 18 staff members give love, affection, and training to 65 children today. Having trained over 388 children over 32 years, Ashakendram is today considered as a model centre.T
The normalization model centre for (the) mentally retarded children was started in 1983 at Jagathy in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. The Centre is located in a spacious building in a unique campus. It is fully equipped with classrooms, labs for practicals, workshops, and outdoor facilities. Thus it provides ample opportunity for the children to re-assimilate theory through practical experience. This model Centre today has over 75 mentally challenged children and 25 staff undergoing training in various aspects of rehabilitation, including special education using the “Three Cs” concept, mobility, vocational training, arts programme, sports, music, drama, dance, drawing, painting, horseback training etc.Admission is granted irrespective of age, sex and functional levels after a thorough professional interaction with the children and their guardians.
Established in 1991 in collaboration with “Aktion Sonnenschein at Kinderzentrum” of Germany, this unique child centre has facilities to examine and identify developmental disorders. Those found with disorders are given Vojta Therapy, Montessori Therapy and also Orofacial Therapy. From 1991 to 2012, a total of 13,958 children were screened at Jeevan Prakash and associated centers for developmental delays, out of which 5643 children received various services like Vojta, Orofacial or Montessori Therapy from the Jeevan Prakash Child Centre.
CIMR established an Agricultural-Horticultural farm at Kuttichal, 30 kms away from the city of Thiruvananthapuram in June 1996 on a 10.8 acres plot which serves as the Vocational Training centre for the mentally challenged students of DCMR and Ashakendram. Activities in this farm are structured to develop employability skills to make them self- reliant through the total development. Selected groups of students are taken to the farm every day for agricultural training. They are given opportunities to attend all farm operations, from sowing to harvesting and post-harvest technology too. The children spend their time in the farm in very pleasant natural surroundings in addition to getting agricultural training.
CIMR’s National Centre of Performing Arts for and by the Mentally Challenged is located at Kovalam,Thiruvananthapuram. Freedom Center is a symbol of National Integration for integration of mentally challenged children and their families as well to the nation as a whole. The centre – open to children from all parts of the globe – offers long term training in various performing arts.The Centre has a wide range of musical instruments, ample learning space, and a well-equipped auditorium. Professional music teachers put in their hearts and souls into developing hidden talents.Batches of mentally challenged children and their mothers from each state of our country have the facility to spend a week in Freedom Centre for learning new ideas and exploring new possibilities in various forms of arts like Barathanatyam, Mohiniattom, Kuchupudi, Oddissy, Drum, Ballet, Folk
dance, Cinematic dance and practice different musical instruments like Veena , Thamburu, Violin, Guitar, percussion instruments and jazz for development of the children. These mothers, who will note the development the Freedom Centre has brought into the mentally challenged persons will become positively charged and will decide to teach their children their own rural arts and crafts. They also will take back new ideas and artistic skills with which they will teach other mothers in their area/locality. The continuous interaction like this will open up new possibilities which will become a trend that can bring about qualitative change in the life of mentally challenged children all over India.