The seeds of Chotay Taray foundation were sown in the year 2003 by a couple of like minded individuals with deep desire to assist people having Multiple Disabilities. There was no assisting or aiding body in Kashmir, for such special persons until “Chotay Taray” Foundation came into existence. The dream with which they had started this noble mission was to flourish and develop such persons from all possible angles and to see those early sown seeds bearing fruits. Thanks to Allah (SWT) the achievements of the organization have given them a desired chance to hold their heads high in prestige. Before “Chotay Taray” Foundation, the guardians of such persons were hopeless and believed that such persons were an encumbrance on the family. With the establishment of Chotay Taray Foundation the attitude of such families has changed and they can now find a ray of hope in this organization.
Presently Chotay Taray Foundation is managed by a group of eminent and professional personalities including its President and other members of its managing body comprising of few doctors, social activists etc. who have a dream to see these deprived children develop in such a way that they can stretch the limits on their own to go beyond the horizons.
It should be mentioned here that Chotay Taray Foundation started as a special school for this volatile and vulnerable section of disabled and was as such till November 2006 until it got registration (Regd. No. 5007-S of 2006) as a non governmental organization with an aim to work for the in-depth and comprehensive development and welfare of disabled. The nomenclature Disabled has been changed to “differently abled” because we believe that this section is by no means not able do anything. Instead the reality and practicality is something different.
We want to assist and develop differently abled children in such a way that the roots of their dependency are uprooted so that they can live like other normal children independent of others. We also want to make people realize that such children are not an encumbrance on the society instead they can contribute equally towards the society. We also want to see our society develop in such a way that they perceive no discrimination between two children on the basis of their mental and physical attributes. we want that these children should be loved and respected in the society.
We strive for the:
1. Right to development.
2. Right to education.
3. Right to participation.
4. Right to protection.
The main target group of the organization is "children with Mental Disabilities". The following programs are conducted by the organization.
Rehabilitation Therapy (including physiotherapy and speech Therapy)
Besides the institutional care/ Rehabilitation process provided to the children we also cater the differently able children in the field especially in our identified interventional areas. We are having 13 operational areas in two Districts of Kashmir I.e. District Srinagar and District Budgam where we deliver the Rehabilitation services by making home visits and providing Home Based Treatment regimes.
The process of furnishing the Rehabilitation plans in the field commences firstly by collecting the Base Line Data (survey) of a particular area which provides us the information regarding the Immunization Schedules, different types of Disabilities, Drop-outs, availing of the Birth Registration and Disability Certificates, Child Labour, any area prone to particular type of disease or Disability etc.
Identification of disabled children in the community
Awareness programs, meetings, Seminars are conducted in the community for early detection of disability and to help in removing stigma associated with the disabled.
Training of teachers of mainstream schools
Development of social and cultural habits through games, training, interaction and counselling
Medical facilities and checkups through reputed Doctors of the city
Parent's workshop in order to orient all the parents about the special education, physiotherapy, speech therapy etc. provided to their wards
Facilitation for provision of Birth Certificate and Disability Certificate
Provision of information about schemes and pensions available for the disabled .