Disha

Disha

1.1 Objective


This is an early intervention and school readiness scheme for children in the age group of 0-10
years with the four disabilities covered under the National Trust Act that aims at providing training
(specifically school readiness) and counselling to both children and parents.

1.2 Scheme Description

This scheme aims at setting up Disha Centres for early intervention for Person with Disability
(PwD) in 0-10 years of age covered under the National Trust Act, through therapies, trainings and
providing support to family members. Registered Organization (RO) should provide following
minimum facilities in their Disha Centre:

I. Day Care

RO should provide day-care facilities to PwD for at least 4 hours in a day (between 8 am to 6
pm) along with age specific activities. Day care should be open for at least 21 days in a
month. The minimum attendance required for a PwD in the Disha centre is 15 days per month
for the National Trust to fund the PwD.
Batch size of a Disha centre is 20 PwDs with a maximum number of PwDs allowed is 30%
extra of batch size i.e. 26 for Disha Centres. On reaching the maximum limit of 26 PwDs,
Disha centre shall not allow anymore PwDs to enrol in the centre. ROs are encouraged to
apply again if they have sufficient number of PwDs for the new Disha Centre.
RO should maintain a ratio of 1:1 for LIG (including BPL) and above LIG PwDs (which will
be paid seats for RO). Payment for the above LIG seats could be received by RO from parents,
guardians, family members, RO or any other institute/ individual directly as per mutual agreed
terms and conditions between RO and the other party involved (parents, guardians, family
members, RO or any other institute/ individual)
The ROs should also get in touch with paediatricians or experts in similar field to seek help in
getting more PwD enrolled in the Disha centre.

II. Staffing


There should be a provision of a Special Educator or Early Intervention Therapist,
Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist and Counsellor for PwD along with Caregiver and
Ayas in the centre. Availability of a Physical trainer and speech therapist in these centres is
also desirable.

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