Centre for Autism and Other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRE)

CADRRE The Autism Centre

Special population support

Develop best-practices in Autism through applied research and implementation to make available evidence-based interventions, services and facilities designed specifically for individuals on the Autism spectrum.

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Centre for Autism and Other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRE)

Trivandrum, State of Kerala, India

http://www.cadrre.org

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Project Summary

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder; signs begin in early childhood as impairments in communication, social interaction, perception and processing information, and significantly impacts the individual’s simple day-to-day activities throughout life, . Globally, one child in 160 has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and subsequent disability; in the US, this is 1 in 59.In India, the estimate is 2.9 million children (1-1.5%)[1]. The government recognized Autism in 2001; with over 10 million cases reported, their identification, rehabilitation and making them productive members of the society needs urgent and serious attention. CADDRE (Centre for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation, Research & Education) is a not-for-profit envisaging to develop best-practices in Autism with a focus on research and capacity building, and provide comprehensive diagnosis, developmental assessment, individualized early intervention, education - school, college and vocational, and assisted living to individuals with Autism. The CADRRE model will be open-source and easily replicated anywhere.

Problem Statement

Autism is a rising medical and social challenge all over the world. It is a neuro-developmental disorder, signs of which begin during early childhood and has a significant impact on the individual’s development in adult life too. The neuro-developmental impairments are observed in communication, social interaction, and unusual ways of perceiving and processing information – this can hinder carrying out simple day-to-day activities and impede an individual’s educational and social achievements.It is estimated that one child in 160 has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and subsequent disability. The estimate is about 1 to 1.5 percent in India. The government recognized autism as a disorder only in 2001 and currently there are over 10 million cases of autism reported.The challenges faced by autistic children and their families stem from the lack of quality services in various areas - diagnosis; early intervention; schools that are equipped to handle the sensory challenges and learning preferences posed by Autism; higher education facilities with the appropriate pedagogy and accommodations in assessment methods that autistic students require; vocational training; assisted living.Given the alarming increase in the incidence rate of Autism, as much as 15% in the US between 2016 and 2018, CADRRE seeks to address the significant gap between the needs of individuals with Autism and their families and the delivery of high-quality effective assessment, therapy and rehabilitation services. It also aims to work in research and advocacy in the area of Autism.

Solution Overview

CADRRE's primary focus will be research in the area of Autism to develop best-practices in diagnosis, assessment, intervention, education, skills building and assisted living, and then implement these across:• Autism School: Diagnostic and assessment clinic, home-based and centre-based interventions, structured learning programs, music therapy, art therapy, yoga, etc for children, aged 2-18 years.• Higher Education Academy: Education for young adults with Autism - School of Liberal Arts School of Science &Technology capacity building of professionals to work in Autism - School of Rehabilitation Sciences• Centre for Skills Building• Centre for Research, Disability Studies & Policy• Centre for Innovation & Assistive Technologies • Continuing Education Hub: Facilities for the continuing education of professionals working in Autism. • Assisted Living Home: Quality care to autistic individuals 25 years or older, for their entire lifespan• Artists’ Village: Platform for the residents and students, and like-minded individuals to showcase their talent in the arts• Fellowship Program: Build a network of empowered professionals who can be advocates for autistic individuals • International Autism Conference: Annual conference to bring together the brightest minds working in AutismBy year 5 of operation, • 210 children in the Autism School • 1270 students in the Higher Education Academy • 50 students in the Centre for Skills Building • 60 adults in the Assisted Living Home • 950 students training to work in Autism • Direct employment to 300, and indirect employment to 600• CADDRE's best-practices will be open-source and shared widely

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Project Funders

  • SunTec Business Solutions 2018 - 2019
  • UST Global 2018
  • Trivandrum International School 2018

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