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Umang is an initiative that strives for an inclusive society that provides equal opportunity for all, by

enhancing the quality of life of individuals with various disabilities. Umang reaches out to persons with
Cerebral Palsy Mental Challenges
Autism Multiple Disabilities

Umang strives to

Develop skills for employment of persons with disabilities


Empower individuals and their families to bring about positive changes
Advocate the need for realisation of the rights of persons with disabilities
Contribute to the knowledge base through continuous community intervention
research and documentation
Reach out to persons with disabilities in rural and tribal areas and promote
community participation

The organisation works towards making a positive change in the lives of people with disability by
enabling them to achieve their potential and mainstreaming them to become self-reliant and
participate in the society.

Umang is supported by one of the most qualified and highly experienced team of experts in Rajasthan.
The specialised team consists of special educators, qualified academic teachers, physiotherapists,
speech and language experts, occupational therapists, psychologists, artists and theatre experts and
qualified vocational trainers. Other experts include counsellors, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons,
pediatricians etc.

Umang is a recognised, registered, secular and a non-profit/non-government organisation.


Umang is

State Nodal Agency Centre of National Trust, Government of India


registered and recognised by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Government of India and Government of Rajasthan.
registered with National Trust, Government of India.
accredited by National Institute of Open Schooling
A person is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
With an undying spirit to overcome obstacles, every member at Umang strives to grow everyday with
new learnings and new enthusiasm. One thing that Umang strongly believes in is to never say 'quits'.

Umang is an institute that reaches out to people with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, and
multiple disabilities. To facilitate a better quality of life for children with special needs, Umang has a
diverse range of services to enable holistic development of children with special needs. Every child is
different and therefore needs a customised approach to learning. At Umang, we outline a specific
growth plan called IEP (Individual Education Plan) for every child according to his/her needs. Our basic
structure of services include:

Centre for Special Education

Umang is a dedicated centre for special education. Recently, it was awarded the status of the State
Nodal Agency Centre of National Trust, Government of India. Umang provides comprehensive and
holistic learning experience for persons with disability. Students between the age of 2 to 18 years are
given an opportunity to realise their potential and enhance their learning with special training and
staff. Through Individual Education Plan (IEP) over 200 students are provided academic education,
functional education and special education.

After thorough assessment, children are allocated to specific group, based on their performance
ability.

Academic Groups: These groups prepare the students


to appear for open board examination of Level A (3rd
Std), Level B (5th Std), Level C (8th Std) and 10th Std.
Accredited by the National Institute of Open Schooling
(NIOS), New Delhi, the academic groups follow the
common curriculum of open basic education
recommended by NIOS.

Functional Education Groups: These groups focus on


a curriculum that covers different functional aspects of
daily
life, thereby helping them to be independent in their lives. The curriculum covers a wide spectrum of
learning like reading, writing and understanding Hindi and English languages; functional mathematics
that simplifies money management, time management, various measurements, basic mathematical
operations, use of calculator, etc; awareness of environment through general information on topics
like water, plants, animals, nutrition, weather, geography, etc. Apart from these, pre-vocational skills
such as art, craft, computer, pre-cooking skills, packing, recycling of paper, needle work, etc. are also
a part of the curriculum.

Special Groups: These groups train the students with


severe disability to live an independent life by training
them in activities of daily living, skill development,
communication skills, self reliance, social behavior and
interactions, and awareness of environment.

Day Care Groups: Students above the age of 16 years,


who cannot cope with any of the above mentioned
services are a part of these groups. The objective of
these groups is to enhance the quality of life by enabling

students to interact with peers by building their communication and life skills in an informal
environment.

Children with autism are allocated suitable classes after assessing their needs. These children are
taught through the TEACH and PECS approach.

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Sports, Leisure and Recreation


For all round development of children, it is imperative
for any education system to integrate holistic teaching
patterns with academic knowledge. To support the
learning of children, Umang has a dedicated set of
activities and group for sports, leisure and recreation.
Here, the students have a regular time allocated to
activities like games, sports, dance, theatre, painting, art
and craft, adventure, etc. The children are accompanied
by staff and trained personnel for trekking and
mountaineering.
The students at Umang are also taken for outstation field trips every year. These trips are planned
to encourage students and build their sense of independence and confidence.
Physiotherapy
The well-equipped Physiotherapy unit has a trained and
experienced full-time team of senior and junior
physiotherapists. These therapists not only help the students at
Umang but also reach out to a large number of people in the
community. The major role of a therapist includes:
Physical assessment
Planning the Intervention Programme and its implementation
through individual and group sessions
Classroom posture and gait training
Modify and design special furniture
Identifying and training to use mobility aids
Post-surgical follow-ups, etc.

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Speech Therapy
The role of Speech therapists and language trainers at Umang include:

Speech and language assessment


Language development and vocabulary building
Speech correction and therapy
Pre-speech activities
Correcting the feeding patterns, drinking, swallowing, etc. of
children with Cerebral Palsy
To provide Alternate & Augmentative Communication Aids
(AAC) to Non-verbal students

Inclusion in Community and Inclusive Education

"To be a part and not apart."


Persons with disability are a part of the community. But
due to various reasons, they still do not have their
rightful place in the community. To increase and
encourage community participation, Umang believes in
sensitising the community and making respectful place
for persons with disability in the community. For
integrating persons with disability in mainstream
schools, constant efforts are made at grassroots level by
implementing projects and programs in association with
the students and schools.

Students with minor disabilities are placed in regular schools and a close follow-up is maintained to
map their progress.

Umang is also a member of All India Association for Inclusive Education co-ordinated by Spastic
Society of India, Bombay and represents the western zone. Umang also assists the State
Government to plan and implement policies to promote inclusive education in Rajasthan. On regular
intervals, various projects are implemented by Umang to
sensitize principals, teachers and students of the mainstream schools
provide support through differential curriculum planning for students integrated in mainstream
schools
support the resource centre of mainstream schools
prepare persons with disabilities for inclusion through training, attitude building and by
facilitating actual placement.

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Home Management and Counselling


Persons with disabilities can better adjust in their environment with co-operation and participation of
their parents, siblings, friends family members and caregivers. These caregivers can enhance the
quality of lives of persons with special needs with basic training for home management and
counselling. Those persons with disability who cannot attend the Centre for Special Education at
Umang, we provide orientation for better home management and counselling. This program is aimed
at benefiting those persons with disability
who are unable to reach the campus on regular basis, for example, outstation clients
who are very severely challenged and cannot benefit from a regular program
who are enrolled in a mainstream school and need support for special needs.

For such children, an individual program is developed with clear short term goals after an assessment
of the child. Caregivers and parents are then trained to carry out these specific activities as per the
respective programs and regular feedback and follow-up is maintained. Trained counsellors interact
and counsel the caregivers, parents, siblings and other family members to facilitate and improve the
overall life of children with disabilities. This helps in facilitating sound and positive decisions on child's
treatment and education by providing information on choices and options available.

The counseling services have been instrumental in offering support to parents and families in times of
intense distress by enabling them to cope with emotional setbacks, adjust to the disability as well as
to understand what the condition is and how the quality of life could be best enhanced. Whenever
deemed fit, the children are referred to other medical professionals and specialists for investigations
and treatment.

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Advocacy and Awareness

"What makes me different is not the way I am, but the way you look at me."
Umang believes in connecting with the community at
large to sensitise them towards persons with disabilities
and to seek participation from the community to make a
considerable difference in the lives of persons with
disabilities. To steer the mission ahead, the dedicated
Advocacy and Awareness Group at Umang plans and
implements number of projects to improve the lives of
individuals with disabilities and their families. The
Group focuses on implementation of the Persons with
Disabilities (PWD) Act.

It also works towards creating awareness and changing public perception. Issues concerning the rights
of the persons with disabilities are addressed through advocacy programs for policy makers,
professionals, mainstream educational institutions, community and other stake holders.

Umang strongly advocates the issues of disability and has been building partnerships, associations and
establishing networks with several national and international organizations. The Group was also
instrumental in forming an active advocacy group of the largest registered Parents (of persons with
disabilities) body in Rajasthan. To spread awareness, the group undertakes advocacy through media
and other means of communication like, word of mouth, media campaigns.

The students at Umang conduct street shows as well as present radio and television programs to
highlight the issues related to disability. These efforts often receive extensive media coverage. The
Group actively organises and participates in meetings, seminars and conferences. Students and staff
from the mainstream educational establishments, officers from the government departments and
other organisations are invited to visit and spend time at Umang. One of the major role of the cell is to
liaison with State Government to implementation of PWD Act.

Umang is a member of almost all the committees of State Government that look into issues like
employment, pension for disabled, issuing of disability certificates, etc.

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State Resource Centre


Umang regularly engages in building capacities of various mainstream educational establishments,
public and private organisations, parents and professionals through the development and
implementation of various interventions. Some are:
Umang is the State Nodal Agency Centre of National Trust, Government of India.
Umang acts as a resource centre on disability for mainstream educational institutions, public
and private organisations.
Umang encourages knowledge sharing and capacity building through training of
• staff at mainstream educational institutions
• officials of various government departments, public and private organisations

• caregivers, parents, siblings and other family members


Umang also aims to strengthen family support services and institution based health services for
persons with cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities, mental challenges, autism, and other neurological
conditions.

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Vocational Training and Employment


The underlying ideology of Umang stands to believe in respectful mainstreaming of all persons,
regardless of their disability. Persons with disability are a part of the community and therefore should
be enabled to work in the community for a competitive remuneration with the same dignity and
respect as others. The Vocational Training Unit provides regular training to full-time trainees and pre-
vocational groups, above the age of 18 years, in a number of trades such as:
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Handmade Paper Products
Jewellery
Handicrafts
The Unit not only aims to develop specific skills, but
also believes in developing certain behaviors that would
enable the trainees to obtain and retain employment. A
vocational training program is developed for students
after an assessment of their ability, manual and physical
skills, work behavior, vocational interest and
identification of trade.The products manufactured
during training are sold through various outlets, counters
in shops and reputed hotels as well as through
participation in various fairs and school fetes.

The Unit takes up time bound orders and delivers the orders with specifications. Another important
aspect of the Unit is to connect with potential employers, especially with people who are proactive in
recruiting persons with disabilities.
The Work Training Unit at Umang teaches, trains and assists the children to create variety of products,
thereby, making them employable and self-reliant. Our trainees and their efforts are encouraged by a
large number of people. We often receive bulk orders for a variety of our creations and successfully
deliver them on time.

Products made using paintings by Umang students


Paintings
Greeting Cards
Gift Tags
Book Marks

Handmade Paper Products


Gift Envelopes
Carry Bags
Gift Wrapping Paper
Handmade Book Marks
Handmade Cards
Handmade File Covers
Diaries of Various Sizes and Designs
Gift Boxes

Stitched and Embroidered items


Toilet Kits
Tray and Tea Cozy Covers
Pencil Pouches
Mobile Covers
Bags of Various Sizes
Gift Bags Made of Jute
Jewelry Pouches
Laundry Bags

Jewellery
Strings of Semi-precious Stones
Bracelets and Earring sets
Semi-precious Stones with German Silver and Sterling Silver

Food Products
Sharbat: Rose and Khus
Pickle: Nimbu, Mango, Mirchi and Mixed Vegetable
Snacks and Sweets
Gajar ka Halwa
Namkeen
Biscuits

Cakes

Patron
Admiral Madhvendra Singh

Chairperson Director
Ms. Bina Kak Ms. Deepak Kalra

Patron: Admiral Madhvendra Singh, PVSM.AVSM (Former Chief of Naval Staff).

Chairperson: Ms. Bina Kak, Minister, Tourism, Women & Child, Government of Rajasthan, Social
Worker and an Artist by Interest.

Director: Ms. Deepak Kalra (Parent and Trained Professional) – An expert trained in India and
overseas with more than 27 years of experience in the field of disability. She has headed numerous
projects of national repute. Her motivation, commitment and inspiration to work for the cause are
drawn from her personal experiences as a mother of a 28 year old child with cerebral palsy.

Management Committee: The primary concern of the management committee is to ensure delivery
of quality services alongside transparency and accountability. It participates in all the major decisions
regarding planning, organizing, financial management and other issues. All major decisions are made
in consultation with the management committee. A core team of experts and parent members
constitute the management committee.

Parent Members include Mr Dinesh Singhal, Dr Suman Mittal and Mrs Atolia – elected by the parent
group as representative who actively participate in the management committee.

Ms. Kaumudi Kumari: She is a special educator – trained in Mumbai, and has devoted more
than 24 years of her life to the field of disability. As the wife of the Chief of Naval Chief
staff she was associated with the Naval Special Schools called ‘Sankalp’, all over India.

Ms. Meenakshi Srivastava: She has completed her Masters in Inclusive Education whilst
studying various models of inclusion in UK, Holland and Czech Republic. She has worked
with children in classroom, coordinated staff training programs and conducted parent
training and counseling for over 14 years.

Ms. Kamini Rai: She has over 12 years experience in special education with expertise in
coordinating special schools and academic programs.

Ms. Pramila Jain: Has trained persons with special needs in vocational training and functional
education for over 14 years – some of whom are gainfully employed; a very efficient
coordinator of the work-training unit.

Ms. Sharmila Sankhla: Parent of a teenager with cerebral palsy – trained herself as special
educator and language trainer- proactive in advocacy and liaison.

Experts: Umang is supported by the most qualified and highly experienced team of experts in
Rajasthan with 5 to 27 years of experience in the field. The specialized team of full-time 46 members
consists of special educators, qualified academic teachers, physiotherapists, speech and language
experts, occupational therapists, psychologists, artists, yoga trainers, theatre experts and qualified
vocational trainers. Other experts include counselors, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians,
etc.

Trained caregivers form an essential part of Umang and cater to the individual needs of the students.
To be a part and not "apart".
Every member of the Umang family heartily welcomes the support rendered by its well wishers
residing in different parts of India and the world. Community support and participation is a powerful
tool to create harmony between differentiated sections of society. At Umang, the prime focus is laid on
encouraging participation between the persons with disability and society at large. You could support
Umang in your own little way.

Donate in Cash
Umang is a non-profit/ non-government organisation that primarily relies on the funds, donations,
sponsorships and grants that it receives from individual, corporate and institutional donors. These
donations help us meet our needs for providing equipment, special furniture, assistive devices,
requirements for physiotherapy, speech, gross motor activities and a host of other services.

Donate in Kind
Any books, games or other goods that you do not need anymore, could be useful in our school. You
could donate them to Umang.

Sponsor a Child's Education


Umang reaches out to persons with disability irrespective of their financial capacity. There is a sizable
number of parents who cannot completely support the special needs of their children; from basic
assistive devices to books and other learning devices. You can contribute to this cause and can choose
to sponsor one child's education at Umang for one year, or also make a general donation to the
institute.

Become a Volunteer
Share your ideas, skills and time with us at Umang. You don't need to have any special qualification or
experience to volunteer. Instead, we provide a short orientation course on disability. Till date, Umang
has received students, home makers, retired officers, teachers, corporate employees, tourists,
siblings, parents and professionals as volunteers.

Make their Day


You could make the day of our students by organising an educational tour or visit, film screening or
special parties.

Promote our Goods


Our students make a lot of things in different categories, including cards, diaries, gift envelopes,
paintings, carry bags, toilet kits, bags and pouches of various sizes. You can purchase our products
from our outlets. And, you could encourage and promote their skills by exhibiting their products in an
exhibition/sale in your neighbourhood, office, club or shop.
Make them Employable
You could outsource some job work to our work training unit, so that our students are employed. You
could also employ a person with disability in your organisation. We would be glad to provide guidance
if you are interested.

Be a Friend
If you know any person with disability in your neighbourhood, or amongst your friends or family,
extent your hand for friendship. Your visit or one phone call will make them feel happy and accepted.

Note
*All donations to Umang are exempt from tax under 80 G, Income Tax Act.
*F.C.R.A permission to receive donation in foreign currency.
*All cheques and drafts in Indian Rupees should be drawn in the favour of 'Umang'.
*If donation is in foreign currency, it should be drawn in favour of 'Umang Jaipur'.