Community Based Rehabilitation


















World Health Organization defines Community Based Rehabilitation as a strategy within community development,  to increase access to rehabilitation services in resource-constrained settings,  to improve the equalization of opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities. 


As early as 1989 Spastics Society of Karnataka ventured into working in Community Based Rehabilitation programmes through its outreach activities at Kempepura Agrahara and Kadirappa Slums. 


Our team of professionals consisting of a Physio/Occupational/Speech Therapists; Psychologist, Special Education teacher and the field coordinators ably assisted by the Community Based Rehabilitation workers (CBRWs) have been able to reach out to the PWDs, educate the parents about the disability and government schemes and the intervention required. The engagement with the community leaders, medical teams, and ASHA workers has helped in reaching out to children and families in need of services. 


  • Early Intervention programmes in 5 districts of Karnataka in collaboration with Hospitals/Public Health Centres/Community Medicine Centres provide intervention services to children with developmental disabilities and for children at risk of developmental delay. 

  • Home-based services are provided for children whom we are not able to include due to the severity of the condition. Professionals & the CBRWs visit the child to monitor the programme and record progress. Aids and Appliances are given to help the child in the home.

  • The inclusion of children into anganwadis and government schools at their respective locations supports their learning outcomes. Children with different disabilities have been included in the regular schools. Our team has identified 16 such schools in and around Harohalli and we have planned a comprehensive programme which includes teacher training workshops for identification of persons with disabilities, evaluation, and remediation for retaining them in school. Children have been successfully included in schools in Ramanagaram, Devanahalli, and Harohalli.

  • Tele-Rehabilitation programme as a model of service delivery is currently operational in Kolar.

Parent training and certified training in Early Child Education for mothers, has given them the confidence to take care of not only their children but also contribute to the development of children with special needs in their communities. The mothers have shown qualities of becoming sensitive and informed caregivers and leaders in their communities and in SSK programmes. 


Our Outreach Locations


  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, South Hospital Complex, Honbegowda Nagar Bangalore

  • District Hospital, Ramanagaram

  • Community Medicine Unit,

         R. L. Jalappa Hospital
         Devraj Urs College of Medical Sciences

  • District Disability Rehabilitation Centre, Canara Bank Building, Near Bus Stand, Devanahalli

  • District Disability Rehabilitation Centre, Doddaballapur




Contact us Online or Visit us to meet.


  • Ms. Sumithra G R (Principal, Rehabilitation Centre at Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health & Early Special Education Programmes, Joyful Learning Centre) 

  • Mr. Maximin Jose, Head of Department, Therapy Services.