“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver
In India mental disability is an issue that is most neglected compared to all other disabilities, and the situation is more challenging probably because a majority of our society lacks the necessary awareness. It is this lack of awareness that causes the discrepancy in support from the society and the government at large. Although, mental retardation is not progressive, it does not have any cure; and thus, the persons with mental disabilities need support throughout their lives. Residential facilities and training centers for these special persons are either very few or almost non-existent in most parts of the country.
Udaan, an initiative of The Vivekanand School, is a response to the social calling that caters to the hardship and suffering of these special people. Udaan is a Non Profit Organization that works for the welfare of adults who are mentally challenged, affected by multiple disabilities or are autistic. At Udaan, a group of experienced and caring trainers train the mentally challenged adults and offer them therapeutic interventions, vocational training, occupational and life skills training, music and dance, and regular academic program.
The entire Udaan team believes that these special individuals with mental disability are entitled to a fulfilling life experience. We encourage them to become as independent as possible. We design a curriculum that recognizes and respects their innate skills and abilities and nurture them in a compassionate environment.
At Udaan, we help the underprivileged special-needs persons to uncover their latent creativity and grow up to be productive, self-reliant members of the society. Here, with us, they learn to make jute bags, trays, coasters, and other utility items. These products are available for sale on this site in the products section. Udaan literally means a flight, soaring high and at its heart lies an earnest longing, a lifelong aspiration to see the mentally disabled persons soar high as happy, constructive and integrated members of the society.