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Annai Special School in 1996, a group of committed social activists, professionals, and trained special educators of mentally handicapped children established the "Annai Special School", in order to provide free educational and other support services to mentally retarded children from poor families.

The school, set up in Alwarpet in rented premises, was initiated with five children but within a year was providing services to 28 special children. The school was later shifted
to Saidapet where it has continued to provide much-needed services to those most in need in the community.

The school currently operates from rented premises. Unfortunately, the rooms available for the use are quite small, such that the school can only accommodate 54 children every year in the regular school curriculum. At present, the school is blessed with a dedicated staff who give their valuable time generously, both during school times and after hours. Our team comprises of five special educators and two assistant educators, two ayahs and a part-time physiotherapist.

Since its inception, the school has been rendering service on a voluntary basis, providing FREE specialized individual education programs, based on either the Madras Developmental Programming System and /or the Basic MR Scale, sustained & durable behavioral management therapy; physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and general medical care; family bound contact programs and family assistance training programs; in-house family counseling; referral services, e.g. to medical specialists, therapists, other voluntary community organizations working in the field, etc. So far, approximately 180 children have benefited from our school by availing our services. Notably however, it is not only special children who are included in our target group. Our school is also committed to assisting the parents of mentally retarded children. Through training and counseling sessions conducted by our special educators, we aim to help parents to better understand the needs of their children and thereby, to achieve more effective interventions. In this way, our children's emotional welfare will be further improved, as will their ability to learn, to interact with others and, more importantly, to enjoy their lives.

Residential Home and School

During the ten years that the Annai Special School has been operating, we have perceived a great -and unmet- need in the community not only for free educational services for mentally retarded children, but also for full-time residential care facilities for special children. In response to this problem, Karunaii Trust has committed itself to raising funds in order to construct and maintain a purpose-built school for special children, plus a residential home to provide full-time care to students. The master plan of Karunaii Trust proposes to have five blocks of buildings which include classrooms, a residential block, rooms for physiotherapy and occupational therapy, a health clinic, accommodation for residential staff, guest rooms and rooms to conduct training programmes for special educators.

The area selected for the building is about two thousand and five square feet, this will be as big as the ground floor. The first floor will be one thousand four hundred forty-two square feet. The construction costs for the building are estimated to be around Rs. 21,00,000.

The building of the school will be possible by the Patronage of Sri. Saidhai S. Duraiswamy, a former member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, who donated 2.74 acres of land near Thiruthani; Thiruvellore District of Tamil Nadu. The Trust is grateful to him.

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